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UAE Golden Visa for coders (programmers): requirements in 2024

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In recent years, the United Arab Emirates has emerged as a global hub for innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship. As part of its forward-looking vision, the UAE introduced the Golden Visa programme, offering coders and tech professionals an unparalleled opportunity to contribute to the nation’s technological landscape while enjoying a host of benefits.

The Golden Visa is a long-term residency programme designed to attract skilled professionals, including programmers, tech specialists, and IT experts, to live and work in the UAE. This initiative reflects the UAE’s commitment to fostering a diverse and vibrant community that can drive economic growth and innovation.

Benefits of the UAE Golden Visa for coders

  • Long-term residency. The Golden Visa grants coders and their families long-term residency in the UAE, providing stability and the opportunity to establish a home in a dynamic environment.
  • Access to a global tech hub. The UAE has positioned itself as a global tech hub, hosting cutting-edge events, conferences, and fostering a community of like-minded professionals. Coders under the Golden Visa programme can benefit from networking opportunities and collaboration with some of the brightest minds in the industry.
  • No income tax. One of the most attractive features of the Golden Visa is the absence of income tax. Coders can retain more of their earnings, boosting their financial well-being.
  • Business opportunities. The UAE is known for its supportive business environment, and coders with entrepreneurial aspirations can explore opportunities to launch their startups or contribute to existing tech ventures.
  • Quality of life. The UAE offers a high quality of life with world-class infrastructure, healthcare, education, and leisure options. Coders and their families can enjoy a cosmopolitan lifestyle in a safe and welcoming environment.
  • Global connectivity. With strategically located airports and a well-connected transportation network, the UAE provides coders with easy access to markets in Asia, Europe, and Africa, facilitating international collaboration and business expansion.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Golden Visa, programmers typically need to demonstrate a track record of excellence in their field, possess relevant qualifications, and meet specific criteria set by the UAE authorities. The application process is streamlined, and the government aims to make it as accessible as possible for qualified professionals.

Coders, IT professionals, and software developers qualify under the Gold Visa for Skilled Professionals in Engineering and Science category.

Subjects relating to engineering and science include:

  • epidemiology and viruses;
  • artificial intelligence;
  • big data;
  • computer engineering;
  • electronic engineering;
  • software engineering;
  • electrical engineering;
  • genetics and biotechnology engineering.

If you have outstanding professional talent, you may be eligible for a Golden Visa for 10 years. You must provide the following documentation:

  • a copy of a bachelor’s or a master’s degree certified by the Ministry of Education;
  • a work contract.

The UAE Golden Visa for IT professionals is a game-changer, opening doors to a world of opportunities in one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking countries in the world. As the UAE continues to invest in technology and innovation, coders stand to gain not only a residency status, but also a chance to contribute to the exciting advancements shaping the future of the region.

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