Since its debut in 2019, the UAE government has granted golden visas to eligible residents who contribute to the country, work in key industries, or have valuable skills that drive economic growth.
The country also encourages brilliant students and Ph.D. holders to stay in the country with a long-term residency permit upon meeting certain criteria.
Let’s see how students and Ph.D. holders get UAE’s Golden Visa and what is the application process.
The government encourages students with exceptional academic performance with a 5-year residency permit to stay in the UAE. Let’s see its eligibility criteria, cost, and application process.
National-level toppers with a minimum grade of 95% in public or private schools can get a 5-year residency permit without a sponsor in the UAE. The students must provide a recommendation letter to the country’s Ministry of Education (MoE).
The government also allows such students to extend their 5-year visa for another 5 years if they enroll in one of the country’s colleges requiring enrolment of more than five years.
The government encourages local and international students to apply for universities in the UAE with a 10-year golden visa without a sponsor.
Conditions for Local Students
Conditions for International Students
Outstanding students can apply for the Golden Visa in the UAE by following these steps:
Since the high school 5-year visa and graduate 10-year visa tenures are different, the cost of golden visa for students varies from AED 2,500 to AED 3,999.
The Visa application and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. holders) criteria are quite straightforward.
The Ph.D. holders in Abu Dhabi can apply for a 10-year residency permit to stay in the UAE, and they can also sponsor their family members for the 10-year golden visa. You must hold a doctorate degree from one of the universities that are ranked in the top 500 universities globally.
PhD holders or researchers can apply for the Golden Visa in the UAE by following these steps:
You can also apply for the visa online through the ICP website or offline through the AMER center.
The Golden Visa fees for PhD holders in the UAE is between approximately AED 3,800. However, if a visa applicant is willing to sponsor his/her family members, he needs to pay the required amount to sponsor their family members’ visas.
Thus, through the golden visa rules, the government recognises special talent and encourages them to keep contributing to the country’s economy.
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