In order to boost its own economy, back in January 2021, the UAE introduced amendments to the Executive Regulation of the Federal Law regarding Nationality and Passports; enabling professionals, investors, special talents and their families to obtain Emirati citizenship under specific conditions. This step is expected to attain the competencies and talents already present in the UAE and encourage more bright minds to relocate to the UAE and promote the prosperity of the country.
The categories which are eligible for obtaining Emirati citizenship are as follows: investors, inventors, talents, intellectuals, artists, doctors and their families (a spouse and children). The amendments do not interfere with visa holders’ current and original nationality.It is worth noting that the procedure of acquiring citizenship in the UAE is very complex, even if you meet all the requirements regarding the professional experience. The most important part of the procedure is to be nominated by the Rulers and Crown Princes Courts, Executive Councils, and the Cabinet, which is not easy to do. Although our real estate agency does not provide services regarding Emirati citizenship, we can help you acquire a Golden Visa residency through real estate investment, with a minimum qualifying amount of AED 2M (USD 545K).
Introduced back in 2019, the Golden Visa scheme enables its holders to live, work and study in the UAE without the need for local sponsorship, and subsequently enjoy all the perks of having an Emirates ID.
Usually, legitimate long-haul stay for foreigners is restricted for 2-3 years. This is the duration of the general working visa with the possibility of extension. The launch of the long-term visa programme (for 5-10 years) in 2019 was a new step to ease the immigration regime. They can be issued to investors as well as holders of academic degrees, specialists in certain professions that are in demand in the Emirate and students of marketing. It is worth noting that long-term visas can include family members (husbands/wives and children under 18 years).
Previously, UAE citizenship could only be obtained in 3 cases:
- Marriage of a UAE citizen and a non-citizen woman. However, to apply for citizenship, the marriage must last at least 7 years.
- Naturalization. This method provides that a citizen of a foreign state must live for 30 years or more in the territory of the Emirates. They must also have a regular source of income in the UAE and an unblemished reputation. They must be fluent in Arabic and voluntarily renounce the citizenship of another state.
- Merits. Rarely, a foreigner can be honored to receive a UAE passport from one of the heads of the emirates. This procedure is authorized by the decision of the UAE Government.
The law provisions as of January 2021 marked out the new critical change to the previous naturalization rule – the list of qualified residents was expanded and double-citizenship was endorsed.