UAE Cabinet approves comprehensive long-term visas

UAE offers 10-year residence visa for top professionals, investors and students. (WAM)

The UAE Cabinet on Saturday approved long-term visa system for investors, entrepreneurs, specialized talents and researchers in the fields of science, knowledge and outstanding students to facilitate business and create an attractive and encouraging investment environment for the growth of business for investors, entrepreneurs and professional talents.

According to Wam, the decision of the Cabinet follows the previous decision approved earlier this year to grant investors 10-year residency visa, as well as to grant residency visas of up to 10 years for specialized specialists in the medical, scientific, research and technical fields, and for scientists and creative talents of culture and arts, including their spouses and children.

The decision aims to maintain the position of the UAE as an optimal business environment.

The decision includes the terms and conditions for obtaining long-term visas for investors, entrepreneurs, specialized talents, researchers in the fields of science and knowledge, and outstanding students to attract talents in all vital sectors of the national economy.

The visa benefits also include the spouse and the children to ensure a cohesive family and social structure and to create a stimulating environment for stability and growth. 


The decision includes the provisions to grant investors from UAE and abroad a long-term visa.

It defines two categories for investors: Investors in a property of a value of 5 million dirhams or more will be granted a residence for five years, and investors in public investments through a deposit, an established company, business partnership of 10 million dirhams or more, or a total investment of not less than 10 million dirhams in all areas mentioned as long as non-real estate investments are not less than 60 percent of the total investment, will be granted a renewable residency visa every 10 years.

The Cabinet decision outlines the following conditions for both categories:

- The amount invested shall be wholly owned by the investor and not loaned, and should be proven by supporting documents
- Investment retention for at least 3 years
- A standard financial liability with a financial solvency not exceeding AED 10 million

  The long-term visa could also be extended to include business partners, provided that each partner contributes AED10 million, the spouse and the children, as well as one executive director and one advisor.

The decision allows investors to enter the country for a six-month period, multiple entry, and to apply for the long-term visa requirements. 


The decision also includes the terms to grant long-term visa to two categories of entrepreneurs; having a previous project with a minimum of 500,000 dirhams, or having the approval of an accredited business incubator in the country.

Entrepreneurs will be granted a 5-year visa with a possibility for upgrading to an investor’s visa provided they meet the requirements.

The benefits of the entrepreneurial visa include entrepreneurs, partners, three executive directors, spouse and children. The entrepreneur is allowed entry into the country for six months, multi-entry visa period, with renewal for another six months.

Specialized talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge

The decision also includes provisions for granting a 10-year visa for specialized talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge for doctors, specialists, scientists, inventors, as well as creative individuals in the field of culture and art. The visa's advantages include the spouse and the children.

All categories are required to have a valid employment contract in a specialized in fields of priority for the UAE, and the conditions for each category are defined as follows:

Doctors and specialists

Requires at least 2 of the conditions mentioned below:

- Holder of a PhD degree from one of the top 500 universities in the world
- Holder of an award or certificates of appreciation for the work in the applicant's jurisdiction
- Contribution to a major scientific research related to the work of the applicant
- Published articles or scientific books in distinguished publications in the field of work of the applicant   
- Membership in an organization related to the work of the applicant, which requires excellent work to accept membership 
- A PhD degree in addition to 10-year professional experience in the applicant's field of work. 
- Specialization in areas of priority to the UAE (additional requirement for the doctor)


- To be accredited by the Emirates Scientists Council.
- Holders of the Mohammed bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence.
- Creative individuals in culture and art 
- Accredited by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development


Obtain a patent of value added to UAE’s economy with the approval of the Ministry of Economy

Exceptional Talents 

Those who have exceptional talents that are documented by patents or scientific research published in world-class journals.


Owners of leading, well-known and internationally recognized companies.

Holders of high academic achievement, professional experience, and position (eg, an engineer in a rare specialty with a university degree and working in a private company in the UAE).

The inclusion of this category aims at maintaining current competencies and attract new competencies.

Outstanding students

The decision also includes provisions for granting a 5-year visa to outstanding students with a grade of at least 95% in public secondary schools in public and private schools, and a distinction of at least 3.75 GPA upon graduation from universities within and outside the country. Benefits include families of the outstanding students.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54