UAE Announces The New 10-year Blue Residency Visa

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The UAE has announced a long-term residency for environmental advocates. Called ‘Blue Residency’, the 10-year visa is the first long-term residency for individuals with exceptional contributions and efforts in the field of environmental action and sustainability both inside and outside the United Arab Emirates.

The Blue Residency Visa will specifically be for supporters of environmental action. Those include members of international organizations, international companies, members of associations, and non-governmental organizations. Furthermore, the global award winners and distinguished activists, as well as environmental researchers. It will apply to Emirati national innovators and residents who advocate environmental protection.

Eligible individuals have been invited to submit their applications through the Federal Authority for Identity & Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security. Relevant authorities can also nominate individuals for long-term residency.

The sustainability of our economy has become linked to the sustainability of our environment.”Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, chaired a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

The new residency scheme is part of a countrywide initiative launched to mark 2024 as the year of sustainability. The sustainability drive increased in 2024 after green themes dominated last year. The country invited residents to join in the collective efforts to adopt sustainable practices

The UAE typically issues residency visas that have a validity of two years. In 2019, the country announced a 10-year residency scheme called Golden Visas for investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, outstanding students and graduates, and humanitarian pioneers, among others. Three years later, the country announced a five-year residency program called green visas for skilled professionals, freelancers, investors, and entrepreneurs.