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Residency visa for specialist talent

If you are a specialist in fields of science, medicine, sport, culture, or art, Dubai offers growing opportunities and state-of-the-art facilities to grow your talent. Apply for this ten-year visa and reach your potential.

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This 10-year visa is designed for specialised talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge such as doctors, specialists, scientists, inventors, athletes, and creative individuals in the field of culture and art.

All applicants are required to have a valid employment contract in a specialised priority field in the UAE. A range of criteria and requirements apply to these, including accreditation from relevant government entities, academic qualifications and patents, depending on the area of expertise. See all requirements in the Eligibility tab.

Successful Golden Visa applicants from abroad are initially given a six-month visa with which they can enter the UAE, explore the opportunities, and settle. During this period, they are required to convert their temporary visa into a residency permit. There are no age or nationality restrictions for Golden Visa applications. The long-term residency extends to the spouse and children.

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Granting a visa is subject to the following conditions:

Scientists must be accredited by the Emirates Scientists Council or be holders of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Medal for Scientific Excellence.

Creative individuals in culture and art must be accredited by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development.

Inventors must obtain a patent of value, which adds to the UAE's economy. Patents must be approved by the Ministry of Economy.

Exceptional talents must be documented by patents or a scientific research published in a world-class journal.

Doctors and specialists must meet at least two of the following conditions:

A Ph.D degree from one of the top 500 universities in the world (QS World University Ranking).

An award or certificates of appreciation in the field of the applicant’s work.

Contribution to a major scientific research in the respective field of work.

Published articles or scientific books in distinguished publications in their respective field of work.

Membership in an organisation related to the field.

A Ph.D degree, in addition to 10-year professional experience in their field.

Specialisation in areas of priority to the UAE.

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Whether working remotely from Dubai, permanently moving your business, or coming for retirement, there are lots of options for you to enjoy the full benefits of being a Dubai resident.

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