Dubai Golden Visa Application Process for Students revealed

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Looking for guidance on where to apply, the steps involved, and eligibility criteria for the Golden Visa in UAE?

This detailed guide provides insights for recent graduates or current students aiming to secure their own visa based on academic achievements. The Golden Visa, a long-term and renewable residence visa, offers a 5 or 10-year stay in the UAE, depending on the category applied for.

Eligibility criteria vary depending on the applicant's educational background. University graduates from both UAE and foreign universities must meet specific requirements, including graduation within the past two years and achieving a certain cumulative GPA. Outstanding graduates of UAE universities are eligible for a 10-year Golden Visa if their alma mater is classified as A or B by the Ministry of Education. Similarly, graduates from top foreign universities, as per recognized global rankings, can also apply for a 10-year visa.

High school students with exceptional academic records can also qualify for a 5-year Golden Visa. Criteria include being a national-level topper and obtaining a recommendation letter from the Ministry of Education.

Determining the classification of a university as A or B can be done through the university's website or by contacting the administration department. This classification significantly impacts the required documents for the application process. For students applying through Amer, the classification depends on the governing authority of the educational institution.

To expedite the application process, students can seek ICP nomination approval before visiting an Amer center. The GPA threshold for application is typically 3.8, but exemptions exist for certain universities categorized by ICP. Graduates from these universities can apply with a GPA of 3.5 if they secure a nomination from ICP.

The application process involves visiting the ICP website, completing the necessary forms, attaching required documents, and paying fees. Once ICP approval is obtained, applicants can visit an Amer service center or apply through the GDRFA website, smart application, or Customer Happiness Centers.

Notably, Golden Visa holders can extend visas to their parents, spouses, and children without any prejudice. This comprehensive guide provides valuable insights for navigating the Golden Visa application process in Dubai, empowering students and graduates to pursue their residency goals in the UAE.

To submit an application for a Golden Visa in Dubai, please visit

  • Keep signed out on the homepage. Navigate to the menu on the left and select "Golden Visa" from the Services section.
  • choose "Commence service" from the "High School Students/College Students" menu.
  • Select "Start Service" from the "Visa – Golden Residence – Nomination Request for Golden Residence – New Request" page.
  • Complete the application, include the required materials with your application, and remit the application fee.
  • After obtaining ICP approval for the nomination request, proceed to your nearest Amer service center with the necessary documentation and a screenshot of the approval email. Applying via the GDRFA website, smart application, or customer satisfaction centres is an alternative option.
  • As per the statement of Amer's technical support specialist, Golden Visa holders are permitted to "unrestrictedly extend the visa to their spouses, children, and parents."

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