UAE expands 10-year golden visa to include PhD holders, doctors, engineers and other professionals

Visa can be obtained also by holders of specialised degrees in AI, big data

  
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Image courtesy Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum official Twitter handle.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. Image courtesy Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum official Twitter handle.

The UAE government has expanded its long-term residence visa to allow more professionals to live in the UAE for a 10-year period.

“We approved today the granting of golden residency to residents.. for a period of ten years,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president, prime minister and the ruler of Dubai, announced on Twitter on Sunday.

The golden visa can be availed of by all holders of doctorate degrees, doctors, engineers in the fields of computer engineering, electronics, programming, electricity and biotechnology, the Dubai ruler said in Arabic.

The golden visa will also be granted to holders of specialised degrees in artificial intelligence, big data or epidemiology and viruses, as well as outstanding high school students in the country and their families.

"This is the first batch of granted visas that will be followed by more," the ruler said.

In May, at least 212 doctors serving COVID-19 patients were granted a 10-year gold card residency visa as a gesture of appreciation for their efforts to “ensure community safety”.

The UAE had earlier implemented a 10-year visa programme to allow certain individuals to obtain a long-term residency in the UAE, including investors, scientists, creative individuals in culture and art and executives who hold “high academic achievement and position”, among others.

(Reporting by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Mily Chakrabarty)

Cleofe.maceda@refinitiv.com

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