The UAE Investor Visa provides a long-term visa of 5 or 10 years to the applicant and their dependents which can be renewed indefinitely if conditions continue to be met. There is no permanent residence status in the UAE. Citizenship is technically possible after 20 years, but the process is known to be difficult. The 20 years are reduced to 7 years for Arabs and 3 years for citizens of Oman, Qatar and Bahrain.
The programme offers the possibility to include dependents such as the applicant’s spouse, minor children and unmarried daughters. Adult boys can apply for a student visa or a work visa and parents can also be sponsored for a visa on their own. If you are applying for a 10-year visa, business partners and key employees can also obtain a residence visa under your sponsorship.
United Arab Emirates has a very attractive tax regime. The UAE doesn’t levy any income tax and the only tax of note was recently introduced in the form of a VAT of 5% on goods and services.
A minimum investment of AED 5 million in a property in the UAE, grants a 5-year residence permit;
A 10-year residence visa can be achieved by investing:
A deposit of at least 10m AED (2.2m GBP/2.8m USD) in an investment fund based in the UAE; or
Establishing a company in the UAE with a capital of not less than 10m AED (2.2m GBP/2.8m USD) or
Partnering in an existing or new company with a share value of not less than AED 10 million; or
A minimum combined investment of 10m AED (2.2m GBP/2.8m USD) in any of the previous areas, on condition that the investment in sectors other than real estate is not less than 60% of the total investment;
This programme does not require applicants to make a financial contribution to the state;
Investment needs to be held for at least 3 years;