UAE: How to issue a new blue residence visa for 10 years?

Mohamed Shalaby - | Arab

The United Arab Emirates has declared a permanent residence for environmentalists. The 10-year visa, known as "Blue Residency," will be given to people who have demonstrated "exceptional contributions and efforts" toward environmental protection.

This includes efforts to promote sustainability both inside and outside of the UAE.


Supporters of environmental action, such as members of multinational corporations, associations, and non-governmental organizations; recipients of international awards; and “distinguished” environmental activists and academics, will be eligible to apply for the Blue Residency.

Those who meet the requirements are welcome to apply via the Federal Authority for Citizenship, Customs, Identity, and Port Security. Individuals may also be nominated for long-term residency by pertinent authorities.

"Our economy's sustainability has become intertwined with the sustainability of our environment," stated Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE's Vice-President, Prime Minister, and ruler of Dubai, during the Wednesday Cabinet meeting.

The country has started a number of programs to make 2024 the year of sustainability, one of which is the new residency program. After green themes took center stage last year and the nation invited citizens to join the collective efforts to adopt sustainable practices, the sustainability campaign was extended beyond 2024.

Residency visas to the UAE are normally granted for a period of two years. The nation unveiled Golden Visas, a 10-year residency program, in 2019 for a variety of individuals, including investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, exceptional students and graduates, and humanitarian trailblazers. Three years later, the nation introduced "green visas," five-year residence permits intended for skilled workers, independent contractors, investors, and business owners.

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