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Golden residency is one of the services provided by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security. Under this service, people who meet the conditions can apply for a long-term residency for a period of five to ten years. This new system in the UAE allows residents, foreign expatriates and their families to come to work, live and study in the country, and to have the possibility of enjoying a long-term residency without the need for a sponsor within the country, and it is automatically renewed. Furthermore, this system enhances the environment that supports business growth and success in the country.
As part of the authority’s keenness to support the golden residency system, the long-term residency visa system has been activated by a decision of the Council of Ministers, which aims to attract the investor who invests his money in the country, the entrepreneur who runs an economic project, and the talented or skilled person, or the leader in different fields of science, knowledge or sports, and the outstanding students who graduated from high school or from accredited universities in the country with a GPA of 3.8 or more, and all PhD holders, doctors and engineers in the fields of computer engineering, electronics, programming, electricity and biotechnology, and those who hold specialized degrees in artificial intelligence, big data or epidemiology and viruses.
The Authority follows the best practices and innovations, and seeks to improve and develop its services as the main pillar upon which all its development projects are based. The Authority continues to demonstrate its progress by providing distinguished services to everyone who wishes to reside in the UAE, and to bring their families to be permanent partners in the development and growth process in the country. It provides, through its website “www.ica.gov.ae” and its smart application “ICA UAE Smart”, all data and information related to the service and a guide to the procedures for applying for golden residency, and the applicant can obtain the nomination service for golden residency in simple and easy steps. The process begins by submitting the application through the authority’s smart platforms, filling in the data, and attaching the required documents, and paying the service fees in a secure electronic way.

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