The UAE government called on all doctors residing in the country to apply for a golden residency, which grants them and their families a long residency for 10 years, which enhances their sense of stability and contributes to attracting the best health expertise and skills from different countries of the world, and is reflected positively on enhancing the efficiency of services and the quality of medical care. In the country to be the best in the world, in implementation of the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to grant golden residency to those with scientific competencies and distinguished experiences.
This generous gesture also comes from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in appreciation of the efforts of the heroes of the first line of defense, their giving and sacrifices, and the spirit of high responsibility they showed in the face of the “Covid-19” pandemic, and their great participation in confronting it, which contributed to supporting the efforts made by the government to preserve on the safety and health of the community.
Doctors who have a license from the health regulatory authorities in the country can apply for golden residency until next September through the website (smartservices.ica.gov.ae) dedicated to doctors in the emirates of the country, while doctors in the Emirate of Dubai can apply through the platform (smart. gdrfad.gov.ae), and a joint team of the concerned government agencies will work to receive and evaluate applications to issue the golden residency for qualified doctors.
Seven centers affiliated with the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship in all emirates of the country will be allocated to physicians wishing to submit applications for obtaining golden residency by visiting the designated centers in person.
The UAE government recently announced the start of receiving applications for obtaining golden residency for programmers, within the framework of the “National Program for Programmers” launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and aims to grant golden residency to 100,000 programmers residing in the UAE and the world.
It is worth noting that the UAE has implemented a long-term residence visa system, for five or 10 years, that is automatically renewed, when conditions are met, for certain categories, including investors, entrepreneurs and specialized talents. The system allows residents of the UAE, foreign expatriates and their families wishing to come to work, live and study in the country, the possibility of enjoying long-term residency without the need for an Emirati sponsor.
The Cabinet, headed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced last November the adoption of major changes in granting golden residency to residents, and the inclusion of new categories for those entitled to long-term residency visa (golden residency) for 10 years for all Holders of doctoral degrees, doctors, and engineers in the fields of computer engineering, electronics, programming, electricity, and biotechnology, and outstanding students at accredited universities in the country with a GPA of 3.8 and more.
Organizing residence permits
In accordance with Cabinet Resolution No. (56) of 2018 regulating residence permits for investors, entrepreneurs, and specialized talent, the resolution regulates granting residence permits to investors, entrepreneurs, specialized talents, researchers in various fields of science and knowledge, and brilliant students. The category of talents eligible for a ten-year golden residency includes specialized talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge, including doctors, specialists, scientists, inventors and creators.
• 7 centers in all the emirates of the country are designated for physicians wishing to submit “golden residency” applications.
• A joint government team concerned with receiving and evaluating applications for the issuance of golden residency for qualified doctors.