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Three Things to Know Before Applying for a Students Visa in the UAE

by Business-Setup.ae

Posted on 30-August-2019

The UAE is blooming with Universities for higher education. Leading institutions such as the University of Wollongong, Canadian University, and Birla Institute of Technology offer a plethora of courses in various subjects. These institutions have excellent faculties and beautiful campuses laden with activities. According to recent surveys, the number of expatriate students have been increasing over the years. Being a safe and expat -friendly country, it is the ideal place for international students. The sunny weather all through the year, attracts people from all over the world. However, to be able to reside in the UAE as a student, you must have a student permit (or visa) along with other relevant documentations. Most Universities suggest ideally applying for a student visa four weeks before the semester begins. Read on to find out all the things you need to know before applying.

The Documents Required

UAE’s visa works on a sponsorship basis, so the University will be playing the role of your sponsor. To apply for a student VISA, you must have the following documents ready:

  • Admission letter from the University
  • Photographs and a copy of your passport
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Bank statements (proof of funds), along with receipts of visa and tuition fees

A medical test will be conducted, and results of the test must be submitted for processing the visa. If tested positive for HIV, Tuberculosis, leprosy, hepatitis B and C, they will immediately be deported.

Validity of the Visa

The student visa will be valid for a period of 12 months. If one stays out of the country for more than six months consecutively, the visa will be cancelled. This can be avoided by submitting documentation, such as doctor’s certificate (approved by the UAE embassy). There are short term courses abroad for less than six months, so it is not something to fret over. If your visa gets cancelled, you will have to pay the full visa fee again (about 3000 AED).

You must renew your visa annually to continue residing in the country. After the visa expires, one will have a grace period of 30 days to get a new sponsor. If it is not obtained by then, they will have to exit the country.

Working with a Student Visa

To work while studying can give students the competitive edge they need and help them fund their education. The UAE government allows students above 18 to work while holding a student visa. More than 4500 companies in Dubai’s creative clusters are open to students interning and working there.