UAE Approves 10-Year 'Golden Visa' For PhD Holders, Top Graduates

A 10-year golden visa for all PhD holders based in the country has been approved by the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Arab nation has also approved golden visas for graduates who have a minimum of 3.8 grade point average from UAE-accredited universities.

The prime minister of the UAE, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the development in a series of tweets on Sunday.


According to the prime minister, the golden visa residency was also extended to specialists in Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data, virology, epidemiology and UAE-based physicians and engineers in the fields of computer science, electronics and programming, electricity and biotechnology.

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.

— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) November 15, 2020

UAE Golden Visa will also include UAE-based physicians as well as engineers in the fields of computer science, electronics, programming, electricity and biotechnology.

— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) November 15, 2020

Other categories granted UAE Golden Residency are specialists in AI, big data, virology, epidemiology & UAE’s high school top graduates and their families. We are keen to embrace talent that drives future development and this is only the beginning.

— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) November 15, 2020


The golden visa residency was announced in 2018 by the prime minister but it started in 2019.

It is a long-term residency programme in which top professionals are issued long-term visas.

Recently, UAE relaxed certain laws criminalizing alcohol consumption and fornication.

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