United Arab Emirates – Dubai Government Introduces a Retirement Program for Expats.

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The government of Dubai has launched “Retire in Dubai” program that offers long-term residency permits to expatriates aged 55 and above. Under this newly launched program, retired expatriates and their spouses can qualify for a 5-year Dubai residency visa, which is renewable, as long as the retiree continues to meet the eligibility criteria. This 5-year renewable Retirement Residency Visa is available for retirees, their spouses and children.

The retirees who wishes to apply for a Retirement Visa, must be older than 55 years, hold a valid UAE health insurance and meet one of the three following financial requirements:

  1. Have monthly income of AED 20,000 (approx. USD 5,500) a month;
  2. Hold savings of not less than AED 1 million in one of the UAE local banks (approx. USD 275,000);
  3. Own a property in Dubai, which is not mortgaged, worth of not less than AED 2 million (approx. USD 550,000).
  4. Applicant can also combine eligibility requirement 2 and 3 so that the sum of the bank deposit and property market price combined exceed AED 2 million.

The following documents are required for a Retirement Visa application:

  • Passport copy of the applicant, spouse and children (if applicable);
  • Current UAE visa copy (If applicant is a resident of UAE);
  • Copy of the Emirates IDs of applicant (if applicant is a valid UAE residence visa holder);
  • Eligibility evidence copy (as stated above);
  • Copy of a valid Health Insurance certificate with UAE coverage (policies for spouse and children, if applicable);
  • Marriage certificate copy (if sponsoring the spouse);
  • Current home address (building number, street number, area, city, country);
  • Email address Mobile number applicant would like to be contacted on

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