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Dubai retirement visa: All you need to know

Expat residents can opt to stay in the UAE after their retirement through the help of the Dubai retirement visa, which was launched in 2021.

The retirement visa is valid for 5 years and is renewable for the same period, according to the UAE Government. Here’s all you need to know:

How does it work?

With the multiple-entry visa, you’ll be regarded as a resident of the UAE and can freely travel and enter the country at your convenience. You’ll also have access to all the standard services that residents benefit from, including telecommunications and utilities, and also sponsor your family members.

Who qualifies for the retirement visa?

Expats who have retired and are at least 55 years old can apply for retirement visa in Dubai. The applicant must have worked for at least 15 years inside or outside the UAE prior to retirement.

Are there financial requirements?

Yes. Applicants must also fulfil one of these financial options to be granted a retirement visa:

Option 1: Minimum yearly income of Dh180,000 (Dh15,000 per month)

Option 2: Bank savings of at least Dh1 million in a 3-year fixed deposit

Option 3: Property investment worth at least Dh1 million (unmortgaged property or mortgaged property, for which the payment to date is at least Dh1 million)

Option 4: A combination of monthly income, fixed deposit and property, with a minimum value of Dh1 million.

What are the documents required?

International applicants will need to send their passport copy and those of their dependents (if any), along with a copy of their marriage certificate if sponsoring their spouse. UAE residents will need to additionally provide copies of their current visa and Emirates ID, both for themselves and any dependents.

Based on the option you are applying for, additional documents will also be required, such as proof of income, 6-month bank statement, proof of retirement, proof of savings and copy of title deed.

How to apply for Dubai retirement visa?

Once all your documents are ready, submit your application to the either the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai or the Dubai Land Department for property-based applications.

Click here to send an online application via GDRFAD

For DLD, the applicant must visit the real estate regulating agency’s office in person to proceed with the application.

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