Expatriates will now be qualified to get UAE citizenship.


UAE citizenship for expats: Who are qualified, how to apply


DUBAI – The UAE has announced changes to the citizenship law, allowing talented individuals and their families to get Emirati citizenship.

Here’s all you need to know about the latest announcement from Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Who are qualified to get UAE citizenship?

– Artists

– Doctors

– Investors

– Inventors

– Intellectuals

– Scientists

– Specialists

– Talents

– Families of categories listed above

Can I retain my original citizenship?

Yes. Dual citizenship is allowed.

Can the citizenship be withdrawn?

Yes. Citizenship can be withdrawn upon breach of conditions.

How do I apply for citizenship?

To qualify, you need to be nominated by the Rulers’ and Crown Princes’ Courts, Executive Councils, and the Cabinet through the federal entities.

What benefits can I get by getting UAE citizenship?

You will have access to a range of benefits, including the right to own land in the UAE, and to establish commercial entities.

What are the requirements to get UAE citizenship?

For artists, creative talents and intellectuals: Must be pioneers in the culture and art fields and winners of at least one international award. You must have a recommendation letter from related government entities.

For doctors and specialists: Must be specialized in a unique scientific discipline, with practical experience of not less than 10 years, and membership in an organization in field of specialization.

For investors: Must own a property in the UAE.

For inventors: Must have at least one patent approved by the UAE Ministry of Economy or any other reputable international body, as well as a recommendation letter from the Economy Ministry.

For scientists: Must have practical experience of not less than 10 years in your field of specialization, and have contribution to science, such as winning an award or securing funding for research in the past ten years. You must also have a recommendation letter from recognised scientific institutions in the UAE.

What happens after being qualified to get UAE citizenship?

You will undergo a swearing of the oath of allegiance and commit to abide by Emirati laws. You also need to officially inform your respective government agency in case of acquiring a new citizenship or losing any other citizenship.

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