Dr. Ian Victor M. Aquino, a dentist and medical director in a Dubai-based private clinic, is among the latest individuals who were granted the UAE’s 10-year golden visa, a long-term residence visa given to special categories in the country.
Aquino joined the golden visa club after a colleague of his and her friend applied and told him that they were applying for the long-term residence visa. He revealed that it took him to apply due to his busy schedule in the clinic. “I made sure that all the requirements needed are completed before I went to apply. It was a smooth transaction, thanks to the helpful people and staff in Amer and immigration office,” he added.
A Filipino dentist in Dubai for 14 years, he got his golden visa in just a span of one week.
Aquino, whose expertise is in cosmetic dentistry, said that the highlight of his career in the UAE is when he renders his service to well-known personalities of various nationalities just to give them a better smile.
Before working in the UAE, he was practicing in their clinic in San Pedro, Laguna for seven years and teaching in the College of Dentistry of Perpetual Help-Laguna for almost four years. After having heart surgery in 2006, he decided to work overseas to seek better opportunities and show his skills and talents globally.
“Dubai has all the best things. You will never be bored living in the UAE, something new happens here every day,” he added.
For him, helping his fellow Filipinos and non-Filipinos through his service is his greatest achievement.
“In this pandemic time, we give appreciation to the UAE government for keeping all of us staying here safe and healthy. We thank UAE for giving us the best healthcare benefits and facilities. We thank them for the best vaccination program for all nationalities living here in the country. And also for recognizing and appreciating our skills and talents and giving us the opportunity to have the golden visa,” he said.
“May Allah continuously bless all the leaders in the UAE and their families,” Aquino further added.
The long-term residence visa is granted to talented and experienced professionals in the fields of arts, creative industries, economy, accounting and finance, literature and culture, heritage history and cognitive studies, among others.
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