UAE to Grant Citizenship to Professionals Including Doctors, Scientists and Their Families

UAE to Grant Citizenship to Professionals Including Doctors, Scientists etc.

The United Arab Emirates has adopted amendments that would allow the Gulf state to grant citizenship to investors, innovators, artists and other professionals including scientists, doctors and their families, the government said on January 30, 2021.

“The UAE cabinet, local courts and executive councils will nominate those eligible for the citizenship under clear criteria set for each category,” Dubai’s ruler and UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in a Twitter post. “The law allows receivers of the UAE passport to keep their existing citizenship.”

The first major change to the UAE nationality law No.17 of 1972 on Nationality and Passports, represents a milestone in the Arab world, which usually restrict the nationalization process to a very limited cases and mostly bans dual citizenship.

Foreigners in the UAE usually have renewable visas valid for only a few years tied to employment. The government in recent has made its visa policy more flexible, offering longer residencies for certain types of investors, students and professionals.

The UAE has taken several steps recently to ensure the social stability of those with long time residency in the country and those who contribute to the well being and development of the society through the introduction in 2019 of the permanent residency scheme, which allowed for granting 5 and 10 year ‘Golden Visas’ to certain categories of residents. Thousands of people have been given the Gold Visa in the past two years, including investors, medical professionals, engineers, scientists and specialized talents.


Who is eligible for United Arab Emirates Citizenship?

January 30, 2021 changes in law outlined several different categories of eligible residents. Each category has different conditions.

1). Investors must own property in the UAE.

2). Doctors and specialists must be specialist in a unique scientific field or one that is deemed high-priority by the Emirates. The individual must have made important contributions or conducted significant studies and research. They also must have no less than 10 years experience in addition to membership to prestigious groups and organizations in their field.

3). Scientists must be active researchers at a university or a private researcher centre. They must have a minimum of 10 years experience and must have made contributions to their field by attaining an international award or research grant. To be eligible for citizenship, they must also be recommended by internationally-recognized bodies.

4). Talented individuals must have patented inventions registered by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce or any internationally-recognized organization. They should also submit a letter of recommendation from the ministry.

5). Intellectuals, artists and creatives must have one or more international awards in their field and a recommendation letter from the government institution of their field.

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