Whom is student visa’s for?
A student's visa is for a university or a college student studying in the UAE. It is issued to expatriate students who are residing in the UAE under the sponsorship of their parents or relatives, or to foreign international students who come from abroad to join one of the higher educational institutes in the UAE.
Key requirements of a student’s visa
In order to secure a freshman student’s visa, the applicant must obtain an official admission letter from the university he is studying at. For older students, a certificate of continuation of study is needed. Other requirements include:
What is the term of validity of the student's visa?
Currently, a student's visa is given for a duration of one year, at a time, renewable for a similar period upon an official proof of continuation of a study issued from the relevant higher educational institute in the UAE where the student is admitted.
Note: In May 2018, the UAE announced major changes in the visa system which will be implemented in the third quarter of 2018. Under this system, students that are performing exceptionally well will be eligible for a 10-year residency, while other students can get a five-year visa.
Students sponsored by their parents in the UAE will receive a visa extension to help them get started in their career after graduating. Specialists, such as doctors and engineers, will also be eligible for a 10-year residency visa. More details on the student’s visa provisions will be announced later.
Who can provide a student's visa?
Student's visa in the UAE can be secured either by residents sponsoring their children or by one of the accredited universities/colleges in the UAE. Visa applications are processed through visa authorities represented by the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in each emirate.
How can UAE expatriate residents secure a student’s visa for their children?
UAE laws do not allow a resident expatriate to continue sponsoring their male children above the age of 18. An exception is given to male students who continue their studies in one of the higher educational institutes in the UAE or abroad. Therefore, male students over the age 18 can remain on their parent’s residence visa sponsorship as long as they provide an evidence of attendance at a higher educational institute for a minimum of one year’s course. Expatriate parents may continue to sponsor their female children for study, regardless of their children’s age.
Note: New rules for children’s visa sponsored by parents
Starting from 21 October 2018, students who graduate from their universities or secondary schools or complete 18 years of age will be granted a one-year residence visa, renewable for another year from the graduation date or on completing 18 years.
For this type of visa, parents are not required to place bank deposits. The visa will cost AED100 for first time issuing and renewal.
To avail this service, parents must present duly attested graduation certificates from universities or schools, whether inside the country or abroad.
Source: Emirates News Agency-WAM
How can universities and colleges secure a visa for their students?
Accredited universities and colleges in the UAE can secure a visa for their students whether international students or students already residing in the UAE. Students should refer to terms and conditions listed in each university or college to know specific requirements for admission and visa process.
Admission in one of the UAE universities does not guarantee that visa will be issued. Visa issuance is subject to certain requirements, which include passing a medical fitness test, a security check and the approval of the GDRFA in the relevant emirate. These are the available channels to apply for a student’s visa in the UAE.
Updated on 04 Nov 2018