Apply For Your Retirement Visa

A retired expatriate, their spouse and dependents can qualify for a 5-year residency visa with the possibility of renewal, as long as the retiree continues to meet the eligibility criteria.


Requirements:

  • You must be at least 55 years old
  • You must fulfill one of the following financial criteria:

    1. Option A: AED 20,000 (approx. USD 5,500) monthly income from pension or previous employer OR
    2. Option B: AED 1 million (approx. USD 275,000) savings in a 3-year fixed deposit OR
    3. Option C: AED 2 million (approx. USD 550,000) unmortgaged property OR
    4. Option D: A combination of Options 2 and 3 valued at least AED 2 million (approx. USD 550,000) in a 3-year fixed deposit and unmortgaged property.


Step-by-step application process:

  1. Send an e-mail to retireindubai@dubaitourism.ae with your application and documentation attached.
  2. You will then receive a payment link for the USD 25 processing fee for our service partners, Al Rais. (For applications submitted from 1/12/2020 onwards)
  3. Upon payment, we will then assess your documentation and contact you via e-mail if further documentation is required.
  4. Upon internal assessment, we will then forward your application to the appropriate entity who will process your visa:
    • Income and Savings applications – General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA)
    • Property applications – Dubai Land Department (DLD)
  5. You will receive updates on the status of your application directly from DLD and GDRFA.

All applications will be reviewed and processed by DTCM’s official processing partner, Al Rais Travel Agencies LLA under the supervision of DTCM. All applications submitted from 1st December 2020 and onwards will incur a USD 25 processing fee, payable to Al Rais directly. Please note that the payment of processing fee does not guarantee approval of the application and is non-refundable.
Please see below a list of required documentation to assist your application process.

Documentation required:

Please ensure that all letters are translated into Arabic. If you are an international applicant, please ensure the letters are attested by the UAE embassy in your state.

Base Documentation – required by all
  • 1. Passport copy of applicant and dependents – spouse and children
  • 2. Marriage certificate copy – if you are sponsoring your spouse
  • 3. Copy of current visa - if you are a UAE resident for you and all dependents
  • 4. Copy of Emirates IDs of applicant and dependents - if you are a UAE resident
Choice of one option
Option A: AED 20,000 (approx. USD 5,500) monthly income from pension or previous employer Option B: AED 1 million (approx. USD 275,000) savings in a 3-year fixed deposit Option C: AED 2 million (approx. USD 550,000) unmortgaged property Option D: A combination of Options B and C valued at least AED 2 million (approx. USD 550,000) in a 3-year fixed deposit and unmortgaged property
1. Proof of Retirement Letter: to prove that you are a qualified retiree who has worked in the past. It can be in the form of:
a. An end of service letter
- End of service letter from your last employer
- It should specify the number of years of service
- It must validate that you are a retiree
OR
b. A letter from your social services or an equivalent entity
- Must detail that you are retired
1. Proof of Retirement Letter:
to prove that you are a qualified retiree who has worked in the past. It can be in the form of:
a. An end of service letter
- End of service letter from your last employer
- It should specify the number of years of service
- It must validate that you are a retiree
OR
b. A letter from your social services or an equivalent entity
- Must detail that you are retired
1. Copy of Title Deed:
a. The property must be located in Dubai (not any other emirate or country)
- A minimum value of AED 2m as per the title deed
- It must be in the name of the applicant (not the applicant’s spouse). If owned by a company, the company must be 100% owned by the applicant
- In case there are shared owners, the applicant's share (and spouse’s share collectively) of property ownership must be at least AED 2m
- Fully paid
- Unmortgaged
- Not off-plan
Please note:
1. Properties with DIFC title deeds are currently not being processed by DLD, but will be considered by GDRFA
2. Multiple properties with a combined value of AED 2m may be used, as long as they meet the above criteria
1. Copy of Title Deed:
Please ensure your property fulfils the following criteria:
- Located in Dubai (not any other emirate or country)
- A minimum value of AED 1m as per the title deed
- Must be in the name of the applicant (not the applicant’s spouse). If owned by a company, the company must be 100% owned by the applicant
- In case there are shared owners, the applicant's share (and spouse’s share collectively) of property ownership must be at least AED 1m.
- Fully paid
- Unmortgaged
- Not off-plan
Multiple properties with a combined value of AED 1m may be used, as long as they meet the above criteria
2. Proof of income source letter: A letter which confirms that you receive a monthly income of at least AED 20,000 monthly/AED 240,000 annually. Please ensure it includes the name of the beneficiary and date of pension commencement.
The letter can either be:
a. From the relevant entity which provides the source of income e.g. pension scheme
b. From your previous employer if they are continuing to provide monthly retirement income
2. Proof of savings letter:
Stamped bank letter from a UAE-based bank (in Arabic)
- The AED 1m must be placed in a 3-year fixed deposit in a bank located in UAE
- The bank must issue a letter addressed to GDRFA, stating that the funds are secured as above
    2. Proof of Savings Letter:
Stamped bank letter from a UAE-based bank (in Arabic) of the balance amount i.e. If property value is AED 1.5m, then you must prove at least AED 500k in savings.
- The savings must be placed in a 3-year fixed deposit in a bank located in the UAE
- The bank must issue a letter addressed to GDRFA, stating that the funds are secured as above
3. 6-month Bank statement:
At this stage, GDRFA is only considering income from pension schemes or social services.
- Minimum deposit of AED 20,000 from the pension scheme / social service into your account
- Dubai-based bank
- Monthly statement for the last 6 months, stamped by your bank
     


Guidance on health insurance

  1. You can commence your application without having a medical insurance plan upfront.
  2. Upon approval of your visa, you will be invited to conduct a medical test.
  3. Thereafter, you will be expected to purchase a medical insurance plan that suits you.
  4. Please note you do not need to purchase insurance from local providers – however, we recommend local providers to improve your overall experience and easily facilitate any reimbursement processes.
  5. You may use your existing international insurance, as long as you provide a letter from the company that states that the coverage includes the UAE (post-issuance of the visa).

Top