Expanded UAE Golden Visa: Full list of specialists who may apply for 10-year residency in Abu Dhabi

Clerics, senior scholars, doctors, and education experts are among those who are eligible; here are the details of the requirements they have to meet

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Published: Tue 20 Dec 2022, 1:51 PM

Last updated: Thu 22 Dec 2022, 2:12 PM

More specialists will soon be able to apply for the UAE's 10-year Golden Visa in Abu Dhabi.

Besides the general skilled professionals category, there are four other types of specialists who are eligible for the long-term residency. These include senior scholars and clerics, and elite specialists in industry and fourth industrial revolution; health fields; and education.

Here are the requirements for the specialist categories in Abu Dhabi:

1. Senior Scholars and Clerics

>> A recommendation letter from the Ministry of Culture and Youth or a competent local authority

2. Specialists in industry and 4th industrial revolution

>> A recommendation letter from the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology or a competent local authority

3. Specialists in health fields

>> A recommendation letter from the Ministry of Health or Abu Dhabi Department of Health

>> A valid licence to operate in the UAE

4. Specialists in education

>> A recommendation letter from the Ministry of Education or Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge

>> A valid licence to operate in the UAE

5. Skilled Professionals

>> An employment contract approved in the UAE

>> Evidence that the applicant holds a position classified as level 1 or 2 by Mohre's occupational classification scheme

>> Attested bachelor’s degree or equivalent.

>> Valid practising licence in the emirate or UAE for professions that require this

>> Employment certificate


>> Must be employed in the UAE.

>> Hold a role classified by Mohre’s occupational classification scheme

>> Minimum educational level of bachelor’s degree or equivalent

>> Minimum monthly salary of Dh30, 000 or equivalent.

>> Hold a valid practising licence in the UAE if required (such as physician, pharmacist, teacher, etc.).

>> Salary certificate issued by the employer with a bank statement for the last 6 months showing a monthly salary of an amount no less than Dh30,000

Applicants may visit the Abu Dhabi Residents Office website for a link to self-nomination. Additionally, applicants can also submit their entries online through the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security's (ICP) website.


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