Everything You Need to Know about UAE’s New 10 Year – Blue Residency Visa

After a Cabinet meeting at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President, Prime Minister, and Ruler of Dubai, announced the UAE Cabinet’s approval of a 10-year Blue Residence visa to honor and support individuals who significantly contribute to environmental protection, supporting UAE’s long-term goals of environmental conservation and sustainability during its Year of Sustainability (2023–2024).

Who are eligible for the 10-year blue residency visa?

The Blue Visa will be awarded to individuals with outstanding contributions in areas like marine life conservation, land ecosystems, air quality improvement, sustainability technologies, and the circular economy.

  • Environmental Advocates: People committed to safeguarding the environment and promoting sustainability.
  • Members of International Companies and Organizations: Representatives of global entities focusing on environmental initiatives.
  • Global Award Winners: Individuals honored with prestigious environmental accolades.
  • Distinguished Activists and Researchers: Prominent figures driving environmental activism and research forward.

What is the process?

Individuals meeting eligibility criteria can apply for the Blue Visa through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security (ICP). Authorities can nominate deserving candidates.

01. Prepare Your Documentation: Collect all required documents demonstrating your environmental contributions, such as awards, certificates, publications, project details, and endorsements from reputable organizations.

02. Submit Your Application: Apply through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security, ensuring accuracy and currency of your documents to prevent delays.

03. Get Nominated: Besides individual applications, relevant authorities and organizations can nominate candidates for the Blue Residency visa. If affiliated with a respected institution, seek their endorsement to bolster your application.

04. Review and Approval: Your application undergoes a comprehensive review. Successful applicants receive notification and proceed with residency formalities.

What are the benefits?

  • Long-term residency in the UAE
  • Opportunities for collaboration on environmental projects
  • Access to funding and resources
  • Recognition for environmental contributions

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