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How to Apply For the UAE Gold Card

Here's how expat executives can also apply for the UAE Gold Card visa

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26 June 2019

Last updated on 16 November 2020
How to Apply For the UAE Gold Card: A Guide for Expats

Applications are also open to high salaried executives.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) announced on June 25 that the Gold Card, UAE's new permanent residency system, is now open for executive professionals.

Executive professionals can also apply if they meet the following Gold Card requirements:

  • Must own at least a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • At least 5 years of work experience
  • Monthly salary of no less than AED 30,000
  • Have a valid employment contract

The spouse and children of the applicant can also get a Gold Card visa. Hundreds of industry professionals in the UAE have already applied and been granted the new visa.

And from December 2020, the eligibility criteria has expanded to high school and university graduates, all medical doctors, PhD holders, scientists, and more.

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Major General Mohammad Al Marri, Director-General of GDRFA said the visa will continue "so long as they still satisfy terms and conditions and are still in the same activity."

What is the Gold Card?

The Gold Card is the new permanent residency system in the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said via Twitter, "It is a permanent residency for investors and for exceptional workers in the fields of health, engineering, science and art."

The Gold Card visa is valid for 10 years and is renewable.

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The new system is expected to generate foreign investor interest and attract outstanding scientists, engineers, and outstanding students in the UAE and across the globe.

Foreign expats make up an estimated 90% of the population of the country.

He added, "All the residents of the UAE are our brothers and part of our large family."