The UAE vice president said on Sunday that the UAE would expand its “golden” visa system – which grants 10 years of residence in the Gulf state.
Foreigners in the UAE usually have renewable visas for a few years related to employment. Over the years, the government has relaxed its visa policy by offering longer stays for certain types of investors, students and professionals.
All PhD graduates, doctors and engineers in computer, electronics, programming, electricity and biotechnology are eligible, said UAE Vice President and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, in a statement.
Also qualified for Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Epidemiology, as well as high school students living in the UAE who rank among the top universities in the country and students from some universities with a GPA of 3, 8 or more.
After first announcing a long-term visa program in 2018, the UAE began granting renewable 5 and 10 year visas to some outstanding foreign investors, entrepreneurs, CEOs, scientists and students in 2019.
Dubai, the UAE’s center of Middle Eastern commerce and tourism, said in September that it would provide a renewable renewal to wealthy foreign travelers every five years.
An oil and gas producer, the UAE’s economy has been affected by the coronovirus epidemic and low oil prices, prompting many migrants to leave.
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