UAE looking to change laws on UAE citizenship
UAE looking to change laws on UAE citizenship

Proposed new UAE law means expats can now become Emirati

A new law proposal could mean that it’s now possible for UAE residents to become Emirati through the UAE Citizenship Act.

But there are quite a few things you need to do first. Like renounced your current nationality – so you can’t be Spanish and Emirati, for example. You also need to learn or know Arabic and pass security approval.

The full list is as follows…

  1. Renounce his/her original nationality or any other nationality he holds.
  2. Have a lawful and continuous residence in the country.
  3. Be proficient in the Arabic language.
  4. Have a legitimate means of subsistence.
  5. To have an academic qualification.
  6. To be of good conduct.
  7. That he has not been convicted of a felony or misdemeanour that violates honour or trust unless he/she is rehabilitated.
  8. To obtain security approval.
  9. To swear an oath of allegiance to the UAE.

If you were given citizenship, it would mean you no longer need an Emirati sponsor and you’d be eligible for government benefits and tax breaks.

The news was broken by the Arabian Business’ Arabic website which posted an excerpt of the Justice Ministry’s circular showing the information.

UAE citizenship

Previously, you could only become a UAE citizen if you were born in the Emirates with Emirati parents or an Emirati father. You can apply for citizenship if you marry an Emirati.

Alternatively, you could apply for citizenship if you’d lived in the UAE for 30 years continuously. That rule has now been waived, making it easier than ever to become a UAE citizen.

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