Investment Visa Overview

United Arab Emirates Residency & Citizenship options

UAE residency is interesting for international investors looking for residency options either through investment or otherwise. UAE residency offers a number of benefits including access to world-class healthcare, education and infrastructure. UAE residency also provides tax benefits, which makes it an attractive option for international investors. In addition, UAE residency gives residents the ability to live and work in a safe and stable environment. The UAE is a rapidly growing economy and its proximity to Europe, Asia and Africa makes it an ideal location for businesses. The UAE has a robust legal system and a growing number of arbitral institutions, making it an attractive jurisdiction for dispute resolution. The UAE is also a signatory to a number of international treaties, which provides investors with additional protections.

Program 1
  • Name
    Business Golden Visa
  • Description

    Golden Visa holders have long-term residency in the United Arab Emirates, which provides greater security and peace of mind, allowing them to invest and develop prosperous, long-lasting careers in the country.

  • Requirements

    To obtain the Business Visa, the applicant must have 1) a nomination approved by an authorized government incubator in the UAE, 2) be able to substantiate your experience as an entrepreneur, 3) have been a majority shareholder of a startup or a member of its senior leadership, 4) be willing to relocate to the UAE and legally establish a business in one of the Emirates and 5) have a business idea or business plan to bring to life in the UAE. For applicants currently in the UAE, the Golden Visa will cost between AED 2,800 and AED 3,800. For applicants outside of the UAE, the Golden Visa will cost between AED 3,800 and AED 4,800.

  • Validity
    5 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Avg. Processing Time
    1 month
  • Investment Amount
    No minimum
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    183 days of the year
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 2
  • Name
    Investor Visa - 5-year permit
  • Description

    For the UAE Investor Visa real estate option, the applicant can acquire a residency permit for 5 years.

  • Requirements

    The investor must invest in a property of a gross value of not less than AED 5 million and the amount invested in real estate must not be on loan basis. Besides these two requirements, the property must also be retained for a least 3 years.

  • Validity
    5 years
  • Investment Type
    Real Estate
  • Processing Time
    1 month
  • Investment Amount
    AED 5 million
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    No requirements
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 3
  • Name
    Investor Visa - 10-year permit
  • Description

    For the 10-year residency permit for the UAE Investor Visa option, the applicant must invest a minimum of AED 10 million.

  • Requirements

    The investment may take numerous forms, including 1) A deposit of at least 10 million AED in a domestic investment fund OR 2) Establishing a corporation in the UAE with a minimum capital of 10 million AED OR 3) A partnership in an existing or new company with a minimum share value of AED10 million OR 4) A total investment of at least 10 million AED. In all of these cases, provided that at least 60 percent of the total investment is in industries other than real estate.

  • Validity
    10 years
  • Investment Type
    Real Estate, Passive
  • Processing Time
    1 month
  • Investment Amount
    AED 5 million
  • Avg. Agent fee
    AED 5 million
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    No requirements
  • Can family be included?
    Yes
Program 4
  • Name
    UAE Entrepreneur Visa
  • Description

    This category covers people who have a current project with a minimum capital investment of AED 500,000 or who have clearance from a nationally approved business incubator. The entrepreneur is granted a six-month multiple-entry visa that is extendable for another six months. The visa covers the spouse and children, as well as the partner and three executives.

  • Requirements

    Invest a minimum of AED 500,000 in a UAE business.

  • Validity
    3 years
  • Investment Type
    Active
  • Processing Time
    1 month
  • Investment Amount
    500,000 AED
  • Avg. Agent Fee
    N/A
  • Physical Presence Requirement
    No requirements
  • Can Family be included?
    Yes
Official Government Website
Passport Overview

According to the SovSpot Passport Ranking Index, the UAE passport is presently ranked 17th. It allows entrance to 176 countries without requiring a visa. Visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel is available to Emirati passport holders in countries such as Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, South Korea, and South Africa, among many others. This is why the passport raking is so high on the total global mobility score. As a result, the number of countries for which a UAE passport holder needs to get a visa before entering is likely to decrease.

Passport Rank

17

Visa Free Countries

176

Mobility Stats
  • Dual Citizenship Allowed?
    No
  • Visa Free Destinations
    132
  • Visa on Arrival
    39
  • Visa Online
    5
  • Visa Required
    15
  • Visa Free Access
    Schengen, UK, Canada, China, Japan
  • World Surface Area Reachable
    76%
  • Unesco Heritage Sites Access
    84%
Passport Ranking Factors

United Arab Emirates Passport Visa Free Countries

The number of countries United Arab Emirates passport holders can enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those United Arab Emirates passport holders can enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or an electronic travel authorization is added up to determine the United Arab Emirates passport ranking relative to other global passports (eTA). There are currently 132 visa-free countries for United Arab Emirates passport holders, 39 visa-on-arrival countries for United Arab Emirates passport holders, and 5 eTA destinations. In total, United Arab Emirates passport holders can visit 176 countries without a visa, via visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the passport of the United Arab Emirates is ranked 17th in the world. Apart from the visa-free and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 53 other countries that require a physical visa or an eVisa for United Arab Emirates passport holders (i.e. visa required countries).

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    No
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