Golden Visa In Kerala

In one of the largest real estate deals in recent years, an Indian investor has acquired 12.33 per cent stake in a coastal free zone project in Kerala for Rs 140 crore to get an overseas citizenship and a visa-free entry into most European countries. The investment by the UAE-based company Star Sapphire is among the first few such projects under golden visas launched officially in February this year by the Kerala government under the state’s new realty law.Acting on the directions of our Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Kerala has announced the scheme for obtaining the golden visa under ‘Kerala Global Investor Program’ (GIK), to investors willing to invest an amount of Rs. 300.00 crore or more in Kerala infrastructure sector or in housing projects or in IT/ITES projects of not less than 10 crores per project. The Embassy and the State government have launched a joint website, www.goldenviza.in , where the details about the scheme are available for all prospective applicants.

Golden Visa In Kerala

The much-awaited Golden Visa scheme in India, commonly known as the Investor’s Visa Scheme has been introduced. This scheme will help foreign investors and their families relocate to India by giving them residence and visa facilities. The main purpose of the scheme is to encourage and attract investments in real estate, agriculture, high technology, start-ups, etc., which will further drive growth as well as job creation within the country.

What is the UAE’s Golden visa?

The UAE’s ‘Golden visa’ is a long- term residency visa which enables foreign talents to live and work or study in the UAE while enjoying exclusive benefits which include:

  • an entry visa for six months with multiple entries to proceed with residence issuance
  • a long term, renewable residence visa valid for 10 years
  • a self-sponsored visa, as there is no need for an employment sponsor
  • ability to stay outside the UAE for more than the usual restriction of six months in order to keep their residence visa valid
  • sponsoring their family members, including spouse and children regardless of their ages
  • sponsoring unlimited number of domestic helpers
  • allowing family members to stay in the UAE until the end of their permit duration, if the primary holder of the Golden visa passes away.

Who is the Golden visa for?

The Golden visa is for:

  1. Investors

Real estate investors can obtain a Golden visa in the UAE if they fulfil one of the following conditions: 

  • purchase a property worth no less than AED two million or
  • purchase a property with a loan from specific local banks or
  • buy one or more off-plan properties of no less than AED two million from approved local real estate companies.

     2. Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs can obtain a Golden visa if they fulfil one of the following conditions:

  • ·own or partner in a start-up registered as a small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UAE, and the company generates annual revenues of not less than AED one million
  • ·obtain an approval for a start-up idea from an official business incubator or from Ministry of Economy or other competent local authorities
  • must have founded an entrepreneurial project that was sold for a total amount of not less than AED seven million.

3. Exceptional talents

Inventors, innovators, and exceptional talents in vital fields such as culture, art, sports and digital technology can obtain a Golden visa regardless of their educational qualification, employment status, monthly salary or professional level. The visa requires a recommendation or approval from a federal or local government entity.

4. Scientists and professionals

Scientists

Scientists and researchers with high achievements and influence in their field can get the Golden visa based on a recommendation from the Emirates Scientists Council. A candidate should have a PhD or a Master’s degree in one of the disciplines of engineering, technology, life sciences and natural sciences from the best universities in the world, as well as substantial research achievements.

Professionals

Professionals or highly-skilled workers with high educational qualifications and professional experience in all disciplines, including medicine, sciences and engineering, information technology, business and administration, education, law, culture and social sciences can get the Golden visa if they:

  • have a valid employment contract in the UAE
  • are classified in the first or second occupational level as per the classification of Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation
  • hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • have a monthly salary of not be less than AED 30,000.

5. Outstanding students and graduates

High performing students in the UAE’s secondary schools and outstanding graduates from the UAE’s universities and the best 100 universities worldwide can get the Golden visa. Criteria includes academic performance/cumulative average, year of graduation and the university classification.

6. Humanitarian pioneers

Humanitarian pioneers such as the following can get the Golden visa:

  • distinguished members of international and regional organisations
  • ·outstanding members of associations of public benefit
  • recipients of recognition awards in humanitarian fields
  • distinguished volunteers and sponsors of humanitarian efforts.

7.Frontline heroes

Frontline workers with extraordinary efforts in crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic can also get the Golden visa.

Aiming at attracting and retaining talents, the UAE updates the Golden Residence rules as a part of the new Entry and Residence Scheme. The scope of beneficiaries is expanded offering more benefits including 10 years renewable residence pic.twitter.com/WwWWBWh9jY— UAEGOV (@UAEmediaoffice) April 18, 2022

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