UAE Golden Visa: A quick guide on how to get long-term residency

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If you are qualified to vote for the May 2016 National Elections, you mush register for Absentee Voting first before you can apply for passport renewal. Bring an additional copy of your passport’s data page for Absentee Voting Registration, which will be processed at the same time as your passport renewal request.

Requirements

Appointment to renew passport

Personal appearance (the Consulate entertains requests for passport renewals from Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

Original passport

Passport copy and visa copy

Requirements for minors (18 years old or younger)

Appointment (not required for children ages 5 years old or younger)

E-passport Application Form. accomplished by the accompanying parent(s)

Copy of child’s passport, data and visa page

Copy of accompanying parent(s) passport’s data page

Personal appearance of child and parent(s).

PROCEDURE

How to book an appointment

Step 1: Visit dubaipcg.checkappointments.com to set an appointment

Step 2: Register using an email address and assign a password to use the service

Step 3: Log in and follow instructions on how to proceed with your passport application

Step 4: Once you have confirmed your desired appointment, a notification shall be given reconfirming the appointment, along with a detailed guide on requirements, procedures and fees

Step 5: Print the confirmation email

Renewing your passport

Step 1: Get an appointment

Step 2: On date of appointment, fill out E-passport Application Form.

Step 3: Proceed to Passport Processing Area

Step 4: Proceed to Cashier

Step 5: Proceed to Passport Encoding Area

Step 6: Proceed to Releasing Section on date of release.

 

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UAE Golden Visa: A quick guide on how to get long-term residency

Expats have shown much interest in the UAE’s Golden Visa scheme for long-term residency.

Compared to other similar programs, the cost of the 10-year visa is reasonable. Authorities have set very affordable prices for it.

The cost of the 10-year visa for candidates who are already in the UAE ranges from Dh2,800 to Dh3,800. However, according to Nazar Musa, CEO of PRO Partner Group, applicants from outside the UAE must pay between Dh3,800 and Dh4,800 for the Golden Visa.

“This is a government processing fee, hence the additional cost for applications from outside the country. The exact amount is also dependent on the category in which the applicant is applying,” says Musa.

According to the chief executive of PRO Partner Group, the UAE’s immigration authority will assess the application with the appropriate government departments. If it is denied, the applicant will receive a partial refund.

The applicant will also need to spend approximately Dh1,000 for a medical exam and a processing charge for an Emirates ID.

Additionally, they will need to purchase UAE health insurance, which starts at Dh800 and varies in cost.

The 10-year visa is currently given to seven categories: property investors, entrepreneurs, individuals with exceptional talent, scientists, professionals, outstanding students and graduates, and contributors to humanitarian causes.

To apply for the Golden Visa, a property investor must have invested Dh2 million and above in properties; the entrepreneur should be the owner or partner in an SME with annual revenues of no less than Dh1 million or a founder of a firm that has been sold for no less than Dh7 million; exceptionally talented individuals in the fields of culture, art, sports, digital technology; scientists, professionals in the field of IT, business, education law, culture, science, and engineering, etc. with a minimum salary of Dh30,000; outstanding students and graduates; and people who are distinguished members of international and regional organizations.

Holders of the Golden Residence have several exceptional benefits, including the ability to sponsor their family members, spouses, and children regardless of age and domestic staff without limiting their number.

The Golden Residence may be used for unlimited time outside the UAE. There are other benefits for family members that allow them to stay in the UAE in the event of the death of the original holder of the Golden Residence until the end of their permit duration. BKM/ Expat Media


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