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Posted on November 19 2020

The UAE extends eligibility for the UAE Golden Visa

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Updated May 10 2023

UAE Golden Visa

In what is said to be “only the beginning”, the United Arab Emirates has extended the eligibility for the UAE Golden Visa to include many other professions.

An announcement in this regard has been made – on November 15, 2020 – by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai as well as the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE.

As per the announcement, the 10-year Golden Visa has now been approved for –

  • All PhD holders in the UAE
  • Top graduates from UAE-accredited universities with a GPA of 3.8 and above
  • UAE-based physicians as well as engineers in the fields of electronics, computer science, electricity programming, and biotechnology
  • Specialists in AI, big data, virology, epidemiology
  • Top graduates of UAE’s high school and their families

As per HH Sheikh Mohammed, “We are keen to embrace talent that drives future development and this is only the beginning.”

Generally, foreign nationals in the UAE have renewable visas that are valid for only some years and are also tied to their employment.

The UAE long-term visa plan was first announced in 2018. From 2019, the UAE has begun granting 5-years’ and 10-years’ renewable visas to certain entrepreneurs, outstanding students, foreign investors, scientists and chief executives.

In recent years, the UAE has made its visa policy more flexible, providing the option of longer residencies for certain types of professionals, students, and investors.

Earlier in September 2020, Dubai had announced the launch of the “Retire in Dubai” programme, a long-term visa for 5 years for retired residents over 55 years old, renewable based on the applicant maintaining their eligibility status.

Dubai had granted 212 Golden Visas to doctors amid COVID-19. These doctors were granted 10-year Golden Visas as appreciation for their efforts in combating COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are looking to Study, Work, Visit, Invest or Migrate to the UAE, talk to Y-Axis, the World’s No.1 Immigration & Visa Company.

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