United Arab Emirates

Golden Visa Program

The United Arab Emirates grants golden visas – a long-term residence permit that enables foreign specialists or investors to live, work, or study in the country – to individuals who either invest in the country or who qualify as “outstanding specialized talents”.

The visa is renewable and has a validity of either 5 or 10 years, depending on the qualification type.

The program has no path to permanent residence or citizenship.


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Program at a glance

Program TypeGolden Visa Program
Time to citizenshipN/A
Time to permanent residencyN/A
Minimum investmentAED 500,000 (for investment-based applications)
Physical presence requirementNone
Application processing time1 month
Citizenship grants visa-free travel to178 destinations, including Schengen countries
Contribution types availableProperty Investment, Business Investment, Fund Investment

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