Image

Picture for illustration purposes only.

PHOTO BY ARCHIVE


Abu Dhabi’s Golden Visa for expats: All you need to know

 

ABU DHABI – Abu Dhabi has recently launched its Thrive in Abu Dhabi programme to provide Golden Visas, or long-term visas, to talented expatriates and investors in the emirate.

“Thrive in Abu Dhabi” highlights long-term visas of up to 10 years and paths to citizenship available for expats working, creating, studying, excelling or investing in priority sectors.

Investors, students, creatives, talents and expats working in specialized professions can avail of long-term visas.

This includes scientific researchers and inventors, creative and sporting individuals, as well as business, start-up and real estate investors in the emirate.

4 visa categories

Investor
Entrepreneur
Student
Special talent

Eligibility

Investors: 10-year visa

Investors in real estate or non-real estate projects and companies in Abu Dhabi are eligible for a 10-year visa if they fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

– Minimum Dh2 million capital deposit in investment fund or bank account in Abu Dhabi
– Established a company of Dh2 million or more in Abu Dhabi or a partner in an existing or a new company with a financial contribution of at least Dh2 million
– Own a company that regularly pays federal government taxes of Dh250,000 per year or more
– A partner in a company that pays federal taxes, with a financial contribution of at least D 250,000 in taxes per year or more
– Investments must be retained for at least two years after the visa has been issued

The Investor Visa includes visas for spouses, children, one advisor and one executive director. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

Investors should provide:
– Official bank statements from last 6 months (bank can be in the UAE or outside the country)
– Trade License
– Tax Clearance Certificate

Real Estate Investor: 5-year visa

Real estate investors are eligible for a 5-year visa if they fulfil the below criteria:

– Invest in a property of a gross value of not less than Dh2 million
– If the property or portfolio of properties are mortgaged, a minimum cash down payment of Dh2 million of the value is required to be eligible for the visa
– The investment must be retained for at least two years after the visa is issued.

The Real Estate Investor Visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

Real Estate Investors should provide:
Proof of real estate worth Dh2 million or more for single/aggregate investment profile.
Proof of Mortgage Status (Mortgaged or Released).

Entrepreneurs: 5-year visa

Entrepreneurs are eligible for a 5-year visa if they fulfil one or more of the below criteria:

– An existing project with capital of at least Dh500,000
– Approval of an accredited business incubator in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi

The Entrepreneur Visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor employees to work in the company; these visas will be valid only while employed by the company. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

Entrepreneurs should provide:
Proof of enterprise status (purchase of existing business worth Dh500,000 or approval from a recognised business incubator).
Trade License.

High school students: 5-year visa

Abu Dhabi offers a 5-year visa for top-performing high school students with promising scientific ability.

Students are eligible if they fulfil the below criteria:

– Achieved high grades from a high school in Abu Dhabi
– Have a recommendation from the Ministry of Education

The High School Student Visa includes visas for parents and dependent siblings.

University Graduate: 10-year visa

Abu Dhabi offers a 10-year visa for highly qualified university graduates.

Graduates are eligible if they fulfil the below criteria:

– Must be a graduate of an accredited university in Abu Dhabi
– Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.8

The University Graduate Visa includes visas for parents, dependent siblings, spouses and children, if the graduate has the financial means to do so and is able to provide accommodation.

Special Talents: 10-year visa

Abu Dhabi offers a 10-year visa for talented individuals in nine categories including:

Doctors
Scientists
Creatives (Art and Culture)
Innovators
Executive Directors
Educators (in priority fields)
Sports
PhD Holders
Engineers

Doctors
Eligibility requirements:

Must be licensed to practice as a consultant or specialist physician by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health – license number is required
Must have clear professional records, with no history of clinical investigations or allegations or having been disqualified or suspended – evidence is required
Must have obtained qualifications ranked in tier 1 or licensed as a consultant and have been effective to the healthcare delivered services
Must have been practicing as a consultant or specialist physician for more than 10 years
Provides healthcare in a rare specialty, with the total number of professionals practicing in the same field not exceeding 5% of the total number of licensed physicians – aligned with criteria set out by the Abu Dhabi Department of Health
Additionally, doctors must fulfil one of the following criteria and provide relevant evidence:

Has been certified or awarded as a distinguished professional by any of the relevant government authorities
Is a member of the effective clinical research team
Has published relevant articles in an international scientific journal
Is an active member of the Abu Dhabi Department of Health committee or an active member of an international medical education program

The visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

Scientists

Eligibility requirements:

Must have a recommendation from Emirates Scientists Council or be a recipient of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Distinguishment

The visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

Creatives (Art and Culture)

Eligibility Requirements:

Must have a recommendation from one of the specialised governmental cultural agencies in Abu Dhabi

The visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

Innovators

Eligibility Requirements:

Must have a recommendation from the Ministry of Economy and own a patent that adds value to the Abu Dhabi economy

The visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

Executive Directors

Eligibility Requirements:

– Must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
– Minimum of 5 years of work experience
– Minimum salary of Dh50,000 per month
– Valid employment contract in Abu Dhabi

The visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

Educators (in priority fields)

Eligibility Requirements:

Must be specialised in one of the rare fields or specialties of priority for the country, and determined by the relevant authorities

The visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

Sports

Eligibility Requirements:

– Must obtain a recommendation from the General Sports Authority or the Abu Dhabi Sports Council
– Must be in one the following categories:
– Outstanding sports talent
– Achieved athletic excellence
– Holds a leadership position in international sports federations, committees or organisations
– Specialised in sports medicine

The visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

PhD Holders

Eligibility Requirements:

Must hold a PhD in one of the priority sectors for Abu Dhabi, accredited by the Ministry of Education

The visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

Engineers

Eligibility Requirements:

Must hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree, accredited by the Ministry of Education, in one of the following fields, and must also work in this field in Abu Dhabi:

Epidemiology and Virology
Artificial Intelligence
Big Data
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Software Engineering
Electronics Engineering
Genetic Engineering
Biotechnology Engineering

The visa includes visas for spouses and children. The visa holder can sponsor a domestic worker, subject to relevant regulations.

For more details about Thrive in Abu Dhabi and long-term visas visit https://tamm.abudhabi/en/Golden-Visa or call +971 2 666 4442 (outside UAE) or 800 555 (within UAE). ICA/Expat Media


For all the latest news from the UAE and the world, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube page

Share


ADVERTISE HERE Find or post new jobs, motor ads and classifieds

Explore Expat Media