UAE reveals prices for long-term residency visas

The UAE has started handing out five and 10-year residency visas to select expats this year



Long-term UAE residency visas valid for 10 years are available for Dhs1,150 for eligible individuals, according to local media reports.

The UAE revealed last year that investors in public investment or their senior employees, as well as skilled individuals and researchers in various fields qualify for the visas.

The visas are also available for their families, with the same fee required for each application.

Last week, two businessmen in Dubai became the first Indian expatriates to receive 10-year UAE resident visas.

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Meanwhile, authorities also announced that five-year visas residency visas will be issued for Dhs650 to eligible individuals.

The visas are available to investors in real estate, entrepreneurs, retirees, executives and talented students as well as their family members.

The government also announced that longer-term six month single-entry visas (valid for 180 days) will now be available for Dhs1,100 for researchers and ‘exceptional’ talents.

Meanwhile, those sponsored by their families after the age of 18 or after completing secondary or tertiary education can now get a one-year visa for Dhs100.

Widows or divorced women and their children can also receive one-year residence visas for Dhs100.

The UAE announced the longer-term residency visas last year to “facilitate business and create an attractive and encouraging investment environment” in the country.

It has already started issuing the longer-term visas to scientists as well as entrepreneurs and investors.

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Last week,  the UAE also announced the launch of a permanent residency scheme for expatriates dubbed the ‘Golden Card.

The move will see permanent residency granted to “exceptional” professionals, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai revealed.

He said about 6,800 will benefit from the scheme under the first round of applications.

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