UAE Grants 10-Year Golden Residency Visa for Professionals

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Those eligible are doctors, engineers, top achievers of accredited universities, PhDs and holders of specialised degrees in artificial intelligence, big data, or epidemiology and viruses

Clarion India

DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to grant 10-year golden residency visas for a variety of professionals. The announcement was made on Sunday by UAE’s Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid who is also the Ruler of Dubai.

According to Gulf News, the following categories are eligible for golden visa: All PhD holders, doctors, engineers in computer engineering, electronics, programming, electricity and biotechnology, top achievers of accredited universities in the country scoring 3.8 GPA and above.

The golden visa will also be granted to holders of specialised degrees in artificial intelligence, big data, or epidemiology and viruses in addition to high school top achievers in the country along with their families.

Making the announcement on his Twitter page, Sheikh Mohammed said: “Today, we approved granting the 10-year Golden Visa to all PhD holders in the UAE. Also, the Golden Visa will be granted to top graduates from UAE-accredited universities with a GPA of 3.8 and above.”

Moreover, the visa opportunities also will be available for “first high school students in the country with their families,” the leader added.

The golden card is a long-term residency programme announced by Sheikh Mohammed in May 2019. Not long after its launch, more than 400 investors and businesspeople, including some of their families, had already been granted the visa, with dozens more receiving it each day, says a report in LiveMint.

The golden card was initially billed as a permanent residence system but the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs has since clarified that it is, in fact, a long-term, 10-year visa that renews.

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