In November 2021, the UAE government introduced a retirement visa, allowing expat residents aged 55 and above to stay in the country after retirement.
To be eligible for the UAE retirement visa, residents must fulfill specific criteria, including a minimum age of 55 or 15 years of work experience in or outside the UAE. Financial requirements include a minimum yearly income, savings, property ownership, or a combination of fixed deposit and property investment.
How to Apply
Applicants can choose from various options and must apply through the relevant authorities, such as the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) for savings-based applications and the Dubai Land Department (DLD) for property-based applications. The application process involves online submissions or in-person visits, depending on the chosen option.
All applicants need standard documents such as passport copies, marriage certificates (if applicable), current visa copies, and Emirates ID copies. Additional documents vary based on the chosen option:
- Option 1 (Income-based): Proof of income and a 6-month bank statement.
- Option 2 (Savings-based): Proof of retirement and savings documentation.
- Option 3 (Property-based): Copy of title deed with specific property criteria.
- Option 4 (Property-and-Savings-based): Copy of title deed and savings documentation.
Cost of UAE Retirement Visa
If the application is approved, applicants must pay a total fee of Dh3,714.75 per applicant, covering entry permit, visa status adjustment, residency stamping, Emirates ID, medical examination, and management fees.
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