Here’s A Comprehensive Guide For UAE Student Visas!

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Here's A Comprehensive Guide For UAE Student Visas!

Here’s A Comprehensive Guide For UAE Student Visas!

  • The UAE’s Digital Government provides a detailed handbook for new students.
  • Applicants need a university certificate and other required documents for a residence visa.
  • Financially eligible foreign university students can sponsor their families in the UAE.

The UAE’s Digital Government has published a detailed handbook for new students gearing up for the upcoming academic year. It outlines visa and residency prerequisites along with the steps for a golden residency application.

The handbook tackles frequently asked questions and clears up any doubts students might have.

Eligibility for a Student Visa

Foreign students can secure a student visa through sponsorship from either their parents residing in the UAE or the university or college they plan to attend. Dedicated student affairs offices at universities aid in the visa application process.

Validity of the Student Visa

Initially, the student visa is granted for one year and can be extended for a similar duration upon submission of official documentation confirming ongoing studies from a recognized higher education institution in the UAE.


Required Documents

Applicants must obtain a certificate from their university indicating the study duration, along with any other documents required under the general provisions for a residence visa.

Family Sponsorship

Foreign university students who meet financial criteria have the option to bring their families to reside with them in the UAE. Male students under 25 can be sponsored by their parents, while female students can be sponsored regardless of age.

Golden Visa Eligibility

Exceptional high school students achieving a state-level ranking of 95% or higher may be eligible for a five-year golden residency visa without needing a guarantor. UAE university students meeting specific criteria can secure a 10-year residence visa if their university is categorized as (A) or (B) by the Ministry of Education.


Processing Time

Expedited processing for student visas typically takes around 10 days, whereas standard processing may require 15-20 days. Visas are valid for 12 months and must be renewed for longer programs.

Application Timing

It’s recommended to initiate the visa process one to two months prior to the start of the start of the semester.. Renewal documents should be submitted at least a month before the visa expiration date.

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Work Opportunities


International students are permitted to work on-campus or off-campus with approval from the university. Those sponsored by the university can seek part-time job permits through the UAE Labour Department.

Cost of the Student Visa

The estimated cost of a student residence permit is Dh2,500, excluding extra charges like security deposits, file opening fees, and document legalization or translation fees. An additional fee of Dh500 is also applicable.

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