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UAE to expand 10-year golden visa system for more people


DUBAI – The 10-year golden visa system in the UAE will be expanded to include all doctors, PhD holders and highly skilled workers, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced on Sunday (November 15).

The major expansion in the visa system will be implemented starting December as part of efforts to attract more expatriates.

“We want to keep those who are talented here so we can continue together our journey of development and achievement,” announced Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

The golden visa was originally offered to top investors, executives and scientists.

The changes in the qualification process means that any doctor, data and computer expert and electrical engineer can also qualify for long-term visa. The visa also extends to their spouse and children.

High students with top marks, or university graduates with a GPA of 3.8 will also be eligible for the visa, along with their families.

List of professions qualified for UAE golden visa

1. Doctors: All doctors, especially those in viral epidemiology

2. Engineers: All engineers in the field of computers, electronics, programming, electricals, electronics, active technology, AI and Big Data

3. PhD degree holders: Must hold PhD degree from one of the world’s top 500 universities

4. High-scoring students: University graduates with scores of 3.8 or more from approved universities

5. Researchers and scientists: All specialist researchers and scientists. Scientists must be accredited by Emirates Scientists Council or holders of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence

6. Inventors: Must have patent of value approved by the Ministry of Economy

7. Artists: Creative individuals in culture and art. Must be accredited by Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development

8. Investors: Must have invested Dh10 million or above in the form of an investment fund, establishment of a company or investment in the real estate or any other strategic sectors

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