Shyam Kotthuri, an Abu Dhabi-based Indian origin British NRI, has recently received the United Arab Emirates(UAE) golden visa after Tasneem Aslam, a student from Kerala, got it because of her exceptional academic records.
The 45-year-old senior IT management professional on May 3 got the golden visa, ensures ten years of residency in UAE from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) under special talents for his contribution to computer engineering. Kotthuri’s wife Aruna Peri and son Shreevishnu received the visa after a week after.
In 2019, the UAE administration implemented a new system for long-term residence visas, allowing foreigners to study, work and live in the UAE.
Kotthuri has been staying in the UAE for the past nine years for his work purpose. “I came to the UAE based on a three-month temporary project with Eithad Airways,’ said the senior IT technical program manager at IBM. “I am now a proud holder of a golden visa.”
Having roots in Bengaluru, Karnataka, Kotthuri applied for the visa on the online portal of ICA last year in November to extend his visa, but the officials reverted to him this year in April, and they surprised him with the Golden Visa. After getting the Golden visa, IBM re-instated his employmentship as a self-sponsorship.
When Kotthuri went to the UK for pursuing his Masters at the age of 21, he got recognised as a Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) immigrant by the United Kingdom government, which brought him British citizenship.
Since then, he has been working in various domains like healthcare, airlines, and many others more than 19 years of solid international IT experience. In 2012, he along with his family moved to the United Arab Emirates and “it became home in nine years,” Kotthuri said.