Immigrate to UAE from US

Immigrate to UAE from US

Updated on Monday 05th October 2020

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Immigrate-to-UAE-from-USThe UAE has very good economic relations with the US which is why the numbers of citizens of both countries moving from one state to another is quite important. Even so, each country has its own immigration regulations and those who want to immigrate to UAE from US must comply with the legislation of the Middle Eastern state.
Below, our lawyers in Dubai explain the main steps associated with immigration to UAE from US and the procedures an American citizen must comply with in order to obtain a visa. Furthermore, if your destination is Dubai, you can rely on our law firm for various legal services.

American citizens entering the UAE

Immigration to UAE from US is simple, as American citizen can obtain a visa upon arrival on the airport if their stay here does not exceed 30 days. This option is available for businesspersons who come to the UAE with the intention of starting a business or meet with potential partners or clients.
If you want to set up a business in the UAE and need assistance, our law firm in Dubai is at your service for business incorporation.

Visas related to immigration to UAE from US

American citizens interested in immigrating to the UAE can apply for various types of visas depending on their relocation reasons. Among these, we mention the following:
  1. work visas which are usually obtained through the UAE-based employer;
  2. dependent visas for those who have family members already established in the UAE;
  3. student visas which are available for those enrolled in UAE universities;
  4. investor visas which some of the most sought types of visas in the UAE;
  5. real estate investor visas which are available for those who want to freehold lease properties in the UAE (this is another type of investor visa).
Each type of visa is issued alongside a residence permit which is why immigration to UAE from the US is very appealing.
Should you need guidance in obtaining an investor visa with the purpose of starting a business in Dubai or any of its free zones, you can rely on our lawyers who are at your service.

Documents required to immigrate to UAE from US

The documentation that needs to be prepared in order to move to UAE from the USA depends on the type of visa requested. Apart from the valid passport, which is required for any type of residence permit, the following documents will be needed:
  • educational certificates and other documents that attest to the preparation of employees, in the case of the employment visa;
  • proof of family relations (marriage certificate) in the case of family reunification visas;
  • bank statements in the case of investor visas are also required;
  • medical certificates;
  • recent photographs.
In the case of foreign investors interested in starting businesses in Dubai and applying for visas that enable them to do so, various additional requirements will apply. Our lawyers in Dubai can offer detailed information and represent them with the authorities when it comes to registering companies in this Emirate.

Investor visas for US citizens immigrating to the UAE

When choosing to immigrate to UAE from US as an investor, there are two types of visas that can be obtained:
  • the investor visa which enables the applicant to set up a company in any of the Emirates and their free zones;
  • the property owner visa under which the lease real estate for long periods of time.
Each type of visa comes with its own requirements and our immigration lawyers in Dubai can offer detailed information on them in order for applicants to choose in accordance with their needs.
The investor visa is available for US entrepreneurs who can open companies in Dubai or one of its free zones. This type of visa has a 3-year validity period and can be renewed.
The real estate owner visa can be obtained by those who want to purchase properties and reside in Dubai, UAE, however, they should know that properties here are given on a freehold lease basis.
In 2019, the real estate investor visa has suffered some modifications, among which the most important refers to the fact that its validity has been increased from 3 to 5 years. Also, the value of the property must not be below 1 million AED.

UAE – USA economic relations

According to the UAE Embassy in the USA, economic relations between the two countries imply:
  • a trade surplus of 14,5 billion USD in 2018;
  • the UAE being the US’ largest export market in the Middle East with a total export value of 19,5 billion USD in 2018;
  • more than 1,500 US companies based in the UAE.
For detailed information and assistance in immigrating to UAE from US, do not hesitate to ask for the support of our lawyers in Dubai. You can also contact us if you want to open a company in Dubai.