UAE introduces 4 Residency Visa Options for Students Cost & Process Explained

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Are you considering pursuing higher education in the UAE, or are you already a resident embarking on your university path? Understanding the available student visa options is crucial, whether you're seeking admission to a prestigious institution or already enrolled.

Exploring student visa options in the UAE

In the UAE, students can be sponsored by educational institutions or parents, while exceptional individuals have the opportunity to sponsor themselves for extended periods.

An authorized educational institution can sponsor a student's visa application. If students need assistance, they can reach out to their university's office of student affairs.

The accredited university or college of their choice can sponsor a visa for foreign students aiming to study in the UAE. Typically, the student affairs offices at these institutions assist in facilitating the visa application process. Required documents include a passport copy, a medical fit certificate, an Emirates ID application, medical insurance (in certain emirates), an entry permit, and a certificate from the university specifying the duration of study.

Understanding the Cost and Duration

Applicants should be aware of the associated fees, including application and issuance charges, as outlined by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security. The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security issues the initial visa for one year, but you can renew it by providing evidence of ongoing enrollment. Moreover, outstanding graduates may be eligible for extended residency options.

Exceptional graduates from both UAE and foreign universities may qualify for a coveted 10-year Golden Visa. Requirements include recent graduation, accreditation by the Ministry of Education, and a commendable cumulative GPA. This initiative aims to retain top talent within the country, fostering continued growth and development.

High school students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance can also benefit from extended residency options. Achieving national-level recognition or securing top grades can lead to a 5-year Golden Visa. This opportunity not only acknowledges excellence but also encourages further educational pursuits within the UAE.

Residents have the option to sponsor their children's education in the UAE, irrespective of age or gender. However, certain conditions apply, particularly regarding the sponsorship of male children beyond the age of 25. This provision underscores the importance of family support in facilitating educational opportunities.

Golden visa holders have the privilege of extending sponsorship to their immediate family members, including parents, spouses, and children. Additionally, foreign students can sponsor their parents, provided they meet specific financial criteria. This inclusive approach aims to strengthen familial ties and promote a supportive environment for students pursuing their academic goals in the UAE.

Moreover, the UAE offers a range of student visa options tailored to accommodate diverse educational journeys. Whether sponsored by educational institutions or parents or through individual achievement, these visas underscore the nation's commitment to fostering academic excellence and facilitating personal growth.

Costs and Sponsorship Guidelines:

  • Golden visa for students: Dh2978.90 (Amer website)

Service bundles on ICP website:

  • Residence entry permit for graduates of accredited universities in UAE: Dh350
  • Residence permit for graduates of accredited universities in UAE: Dh1250
  • Residency visa for graduates of accredited universities outside UAE: Dh350
  • Residence for graduates of accredited universities outside UAE: Dh1250

Service bundles for high school top-ranked students in UAE:

  • Residence entry permit: Dh350
  • Residence permit: Dh1250

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