On November 24, 2018, the UAE government passed a resolution to offer outstanding students a 5-year visa.
• School pupils must graduate with a grade of at least 95% from secondary schools, whether public or private, to be eligible for a 5-year visa.
• University students from both within and outside the nation must graduate with a distinguishing GPA of at least 3.75.
Families of exceptional students will also be eligible for visa advantages.
Who is a student visa for?
A student visa is issued to a university or college student(over the age of 18) studying in the UAE.
Key requirements of a student’s visa
To get a freshman student visa, the applicant must first receive an official admission letter from the university where he would be studying. In addition, a certificate of continuation of study is required for older students. Other criteria include:
passing a medical fitness exam, having a visa sponsor, either the university or a parent or relative, and receiving permission from the appropriate General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
What is the duration of the student visa?
Currently, a student visa is provided for one year, renewable for a comparable term upon formal document of continuation of studies issued by the appropriate higher educational establishment in the UAE to which the student is accepted.
Who can provide a student’s visa?
Student visas can be obtained in the UAE by either local sponsoring their children or attending one of the UAE’s recognized universities/colleges. Visa authorities process visa applications in each emirate, represented by the appropriate General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
How can universities and colleges help their students obtain visas?
Accredited institutions and colleges in the UAE can get visas for their students, whether they are overseas students or residents of the UAE. To learn about the exact requirements for admission and the visa procedure, students can consult the terms and conditions specified in each institution or college.
Admission to one of the UAE institutions does not ensure the issuance of a visa. While certain conditions must be met before a visa may be issued, including passing a medical fitness exam, a security check, and permission by the GDRFA in the appropriate emirate. These are the options for applying for a student visa in the UAE.
How may UAE expatriates obtain a student visa for their children?
UAE legislation prohibits a resident expatriate from continuing to sponsor their male offspring above the age of 18. However, male students who continue their studies at a higher educational establishment in the UAE or abroad are exempt. As a result, male students above 18 can continue to be sponsored by their parents for a residence visa as long as they produce documentation of attendance at a higher educational establishment for a minimum of one year’s course. Regardless of their children’s age, expatriate parents may continue to support their female offspring for education.
Note: New rules for children’s visas sponsored by parents Beginning on October 21, 2018, students who graduate from their universities or secondary schools or reach the age of 18 will be granted a one-year residence visa, renewable for another year from the date of graduation or attaining the age of 18.
Parents are not needed to make bank deposits for this sort of visa. However, the visa will cost AED100 for the first time it is issued and AED100 for renewal.
Parents must provide legally documented graduation diplomas from colleges or schools located in the United States or overseas to be eligible for this service.