Technical staff could benefit from UAE's 10-year visa plan

Technical construction workers could access a 10-year visa under government plans to attract and retain global talent

HH Sheikh Mohammed announced the UAE's new long-term residency visa system [image: WAM].
HH Sheikh Mohammed announced the UAE's new long-term residency visa system [image: WAM].

Technical construction experts could be among those to benefit from a new plan aimed at attracting talent to the UAE with the promise of a 10-year residency visa.

HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced a long-term residency visa system that will grant long-term residency visas to specialists in the field of medicine, scientific research, and various technical disciplines.

The system will let investors and talented professionals in the aforementioned fields access up to a 10-year residency visa, a requirement for expats living in the UAE.

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Students can also receive either a five- or 10-year residency visa, depending on their academic achievements.

The new system is designed to attract high-skilled talent to the UAE as the country aims to become an innovation creator and increase its economic competitiveness on the global stage.

HH Sheikh Mohammed has told the Ministry of Economy to implement the resolution and to submit a detailed study in Q3 2018 on the progress of the visa system.

“The UAE will remain a global incubator for exceptional talents and a permanent destination for international investors,” said HH Sheikh Mohammed.

“Our open environment, tolerant values, infrastructure, and flexible legislation are the best plan to attract global investment and exceptional talents in the UAE.”

Plans to offer highly-skilled expats long-term residency visas came as HH Sheikh Mohammed chaired a UAE Cabinet session during which several other laws and motions were adopted.

A law was approved to allow 100% foreign ownership in companies in the UAE, previously limited to companies based in freezones. 

The UAE Cabinet agreed to establish an embassy in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and a consulate in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania.

An agreement on economic and technical cooperation with the Moldova’s government was also approved, as was an agreement on cultural cooperation with Turkmenistan.

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