Updated January 2023
The UAE government has increased the validity of all categories of the Golden Visa from 5 years to 10 years, making it an even more attractive option for those looking to live and work in the UAE.
The Golden Visa offers several long-term residency options to professionals and researchers in the areas of science and technology, such as specialists, scientists, doctors, and inventors, without the need for a guarantor.
According to Mark Dorzi, the Director of Operations at the Abu Dhabi Residents Office, the Golden Visa is now valid for 10 years and gives the holder the right to settle and work in the Emirate for a decade.
The holders of the Golden Visa can even sponsor their spouses, children and parents without any restrictions on their age, thanks to the creation of new main and sub-categories by the Abu Dhabi Office for Residents. These family members can stay in the UAE till the end of their residency visa, even in the event of the death of the sponsor holding the Golden Visa.
Moreover, Golden Visa holders are entitled to a multiple-entry visa for a period of 6 months to complete the Golden Visa procedures. They are also allowed to stay outside of the UAE for more than 6 months.