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UAE approves 10-year golden visa for PhD holders, top graduates

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

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

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the UAE, 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.

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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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