UAE Investment Immigration Programs Overview

The United Arab Emirates is an oil rich country and economic hub in the Middle East. Some of the benefits of investing in UAE is the country’s free trade zones with 100 percent ownership, zero taxes and highly developed infrastructure. The country is made up of seven emirates, Dubai being its most prominent for its luxurious lifestyle and as a top tourist destination in the region.
Residency can be obtained through investment. Residents have exemption from income, wealth, gift and inheritance tax. Options for investors include opening a company in UAE or by investing in an existing company based in the country. Another option is investing in UAE real estate which requires a minimum amount of 750,000 United Arab Emirates dirhams. A residency visa allows the investor and their family to stay in the UAE as a resident and is valid for three years and is renewable. Residents must visit the country every 180 days with no minimum stay.
In July 2021, the UAE decided to expand its list of eligible foreigners who can apply for its golden visa long term residency program, which now includes foreign doctors and their families; managers, CEOs, specialists in the fields of science and technology, health, education and business management are also eligible.    

Citizenship By Investment
Usually, citizenship in the UAE can only be attained through birth, descent or marriage to a UAE citizen. In February 2021, the UAE amended its citizenship law allowing foreigners who have been nominated by the country's cabinet, royal courts and government councils to gain Emirati citizenship. 
 A UAE passport offers visa-free travel to 133 countries.

How To Apply
Apply through the UAE immigration department. It typically takes one month to get the visa.

UAE citizens get visa-free travel to 133 countries.

UAE is considered a very safe and politically stable country that is home to over 150 nationalities. It boasts a high-quality lifestyle, standard of living and world-class healthcare and education. It is a tax-free city, with no income or capital gain tax. The UAE was named the 13th Most Promising Home Economy for Investment in 2017-19, according to a survey by the United Nations Council for Trade and Development and Investment Promotion Agency.

Residency By Investment
Under the UAE investor visa, residency can be obtained through investment. Investors can either open a business, invest in an existing company or invest in real estate with a minimum of AED 750,000. Applicants must establish a local UAE company.
In September 2021, the Green Visa was announced that allows foreign investors, entrepreneurs and highly skilled workers to live and work in the UAE on a “self-residency status”, which means they would no longer be required to get a local sponsor first. The visa is also open to what the gulf states deems as top students, graduates as well as freelance workers who specialize in AI, blockchain and digital currencies.
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