Washington: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities on Sunday announced the decision to expand its Golden Visa system that grants 10-year residency for certain categories of professionals, including doctorate degrees holders, doctors, computer programmers and biotechnology engineers.
UAE Vice President and Dubai Emir Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum made this announcement, stating that specialists in the field of artificial intelligence, big data and epidemiology, as well as best-performing students from certain high schools and universities will also be eligible for “golden” visas.
As per a report by Sputnik, the UAE government allowed for the first time in March 2019, the issuance of five- and ten-year resident visas to certain categories of foreign citizens. Prior to that, the maximum period of residency for foreigners was three years. Investors, entrepreneurs, scientists, highly qualified specialists and talented students were allowed to apply for a long-term visa.