UAE Golden Visa - Residency by Investment - RIF Trust


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With low residency requirements and, in turn, fast-track applications available, United Arab Emirates residency is a popular route with investors interested in doing business in this flourishing region.

Entering the UAE is stepping into year-round sunshine and very little rain. For this reason, it’ s considered one of the top residence by investment “programs”.

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A Golden Visa allows entrepreneurs and their families the chance to live, work, and, also, study in the UAE without the need for a national sponsor. You can also visit Azerbaijan and other visa-free destinations.

What’s more, you can have a 100% stake in your own company and then earn residency through such investment.

UAE Residency Benefits

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) provides a safe and secure environment to live in, with an excellent quality of life as well.

As part of the UAE Golden Visa Programme, you can also include your immediate family.

One visit to the UAE is required every six months to ensure continued ownership of this long-term residence visa. This means minimal disruption to business for investors who might prefer establishing a base that offer countries offer.

The UAE boasts pro-business policies, as well as having a great business infrastructure. Therefore, this makes it a fantastic location for those looking to grow their company.

Daman, the UAE national health insurance company, offers discounted Core Silver, Enhanced Gold, and Premier packages to UAE Golden Visa holders and their families.

Who Can Get UAE Residency

  • Firstly, over 18 years old and able to supply a personal photo
  • Secondly, have valid travel documents such as a passport
  • Thirdly, provide proof of investment and financial stability
  • Lastly, must pass a medical fitness test and obtain a security clearance via a certificate of good conduct

  • First, over 18 years old
  • Next, have valid travel documents such as a passport
  • Last, must pass a medical test and obtain a security clearance through a certificate of good conduct

  • Unmarried sons under 25 years old only with certified birth certificate
  • Unmarried daughters of any age at all with certified birth certificate
  • Physically or mentally disadvantaged children of any age with certified birth certificate

  • Number allowed contingent on the particularities of an application

UAE Residence Visa Programme Requirements

To qualify for the UAE Residency-by-Investment Programme, you must fulfil ONE of the following investment options AND meet other requirements:

OPTION 1. Invest in Real Estate to Secure a UAE Property Visa

Invest at least AED2,000,000 in real estate. This investment entitles you, the real estate investor, to a Golden Visa for five years. Moreover, you can renew the Golden Visa by maintaining the investment. This refers to a visa in Dubai or a visa in the UAE generally. This type of residence visa is also known as as a property investor visa.

OPTION 2. Contribute to Public Investments

You can do this in one of three ways:

  1. Firstly, submit a letter from an accredited investment fund stating that you have made a deposit of AED 2 million
  2. Secondly, provide evidence of either a valid commercial licence or industrial licence and a memorandum of association establishing that your capital is at least AED two million
  3. Thirdly, show proof from the Federal Tax Authority that you pay the government a minimum of AED 250,000

This Golden Visa is valid for 10 years. However, this is on condition that you also include details of medical insurance for you and your family. It’s also known as the Investor Visa Dubai as this is a popular place to invest in.

OPTION 3. Establish a Technical or Future Business Based on Risk and Innovation

As an entrepreneur, you must provide an approval letter from each of the following:

  1. An auditor in the UAE demonstrating that the project is valued at least AED 500,000
  2. The authorities in the emirate establishing that the project is of a technical or future nature
  3. An accredited business incubator in the UAE determining the proposed activity in the country.

This Golden Visa entitles you to UAE residency for up to five years.


You must provide a personal photo (4.5 x 3.5 cm) with a white background for you and all your dependants.

In addition, you must make one visit every six months. Although, if you spend longer, you can take advantage of the year-round sun. There is a welcoming business climate and a favourable personal tax regime too.

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The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

The RIF Trust team has global experts in over 20 countries. We can advise in 14 languages. Let us help you find the perfect investment migration solution.

UAE Residency by Investment Application Process

  • MONTH 1

    Property acquisition

    In the first step of the process, to begin, our visa processing team will help you search and acquire one or more properties in Dubai etc. with a combined value of over AED2,000,000. Above all, RIF Trust ensures that the chosen properties meet the eligibility criteria for the Golden Visa. In addition, we will submit all documents required to the likes of the Dubai Land Department.

    During this phase, we connect you with reputable real estate agents and consultants to find suitable properties, also negotiate the terms, and, lastly, finalize the purchase agreement. We will arrange the necessary entry permits during this stage, including to the Free Zones.

  • MONTHS 2-3

    Golden Visa issued

    After the property acquisition, we next assist you in obtaining the title deeds for the purchased property. The title deeds serve as proof of ownership and are therefore required for the Golden Visa, aka Dubai Investor Visa, application.

    After receiving the residency visa, finally, your Emirates ID card follows after seven to ten days,

UAE Residence Visa Frequently Asked Questions

You’ll gain the right to reside in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which is also extended to any immediate family included in your application. Upon approval, you’ll receive an electronic visa and Emirates ID card.

With a fantastic business infrastructure and pro-business policies, the UAE is also a lucrative option for investors who want to expand their business opportunities within the Middle East. A UAE residence permit allows you and your family to enjoy delightful temperatures all year round as well.

You can earn various travel privileges as well with UAE residency. The Azerbaijan visa for UAE residents options include a tourist e-visa. This is a single-entry visa valid for 90 days and allows you to stay for up to 30 days in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

You will need to invest at least two million AED (approximately $550,000) to obtain this investor visa. Dubai is a popular choice of base for a husband and wife, plus their family too. The investment is in the form of real estate and, moreover, entitles you, the property investor, to a Golden Visa for five years, renewable provided the qualifying conditions still apply.

The process is fast and straightforward for this Residency by Investment, from month one, where you acquire the property required for the contribution, the wheels are in motion for you to receive your residency permit. Generally, you will receive your long-term visa after two to three months.

You can include a spouse in your application if they are over 18 and have valid travel documents as well. Marriage certificates are a pre-requisitive too. Additionally, you can include unmarried children (sons under 25 years old and daughters of any age), and, also, domestic staff. This UAE property visa allows you to relocate with an entourage befitting of your circumstances.

No. Although, as part of your UAE residence visa application and ongoing residency, you must make one visit every six months. The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai, for example, will monitor your movements.

You are, of course, free to take up residence in the likes of Dubai or Abu Dhabi, for example.

None. The UAE Golden Visa is a Residency by Investment. It’s not a Citizenship by Investment.

So, you can’t get a passport on the back or it. This means that you won’t enjoy visa-free travel. Residence and citizenship are two different things.

Yes. You can treat it like one. If you’re over 55 and exercise the real estate option, you’ll receive five years of residency in the UAE.

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Our team operates in over 20 countries worldwide, securing second citizenship or residency in desirable locations and unlocking a brighter future.

  • $550,000 minimum requirement
  • 2-3 months application processing time
  • No personal income tax or capital gains tax
  • High standard of living and world-class amenities