An Indian student has recently received the United Arab Emirates (UAE) coveted 10-year Golden Visa that is generally issued for prominent global personalities. Tasneem Aslam from Kerala got the Golden Visa for her merit and excellent academic credentials under the exceptional student category, granting her stay in the country till 2031.
In 2019, the UAE government implemented a new rule for long-term residence visas, allowing foreigners to live, work and study in the UAE with the requirement of a national sponsor.
Sharing her thoughts, Tasneem told Khaleej Times, “This is one of the best moments in my life. I feel privileged to achieve this, and I am thankful to Allah. Support from my parents has been enormous, and Insha Allah, I hope to sponsor them in the near future.”
Tasneem studied Islamic Sharia from Al Qasimia University in Sharjah and did top in her class that contained pupils from 72 nationalities with a GPA (grade point average) of 3.94 out of 4.
The 10-year golden visa is traditionally reserved for wealthy individuals keen to offer the United Arab Emirates significant investment in exchange for an opportunity to live within the country.
Other than entrepreneurs, individuals with specialised talent such as doctors, researchers, scientists and artists can too apply for the visa. High school and university students with exceptional records are also eligible for a 5-year residency permit/visa in the country.
Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt also recently received the Golden Visa.
Standing: (from left) Safeer (husband of first daughter Sumayya), Amal (daughter); (sitting) Aslam with grand son Mazyoun , Tasneem Aslam and mother Sunitha Syed.