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The digital government reported that a “student visa” is issued to international students coming from abroad to enroll in universities, colleges and higher education institutions in the UAE, or students residing in the country on the residence of their parents or relatives and wishing to continue their studies in various universities and higher institutes.

A student visa is issued for one year only, renewable for a similar period after submitting an official proof of continuity of study issued by a higher education institution in the UAE, where the student studies, while outstanding students are granted a five-year visa.

She pointed out that the benefits granted to outstanding students also include their families, as the UAE government adopted a decision granting a long-term five-year visa to outstanding students, noting that the eligibility requirements for this visa for school students are that the student graduates from high school with a grade of excellence, which represents an average of At least 95% in high school in public or private schools.

For university students, the graduating student must obtain an excellent grade, which represents a GPA of at least 3.75 upon graduation in universities located inside or outside the country.

And she indicated that to apply for a student visa, the applicant must fulfill several requirements, including: an official acceptance letter from one of the accredited universities in the UAE, if the student is a newcomer, and a certificate of continuity of study for old students, passing a medical fitness test from one of the government medical centers in The UAE, the student’s visa sponsor, either the university itself or one of the parents or a relative, the final approval of the visa application by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (the authority concerned with visa affairs in the UAE).

A student visa in the UAE can be provided either by the parents of resident students who sponsor their children, or by one of the universities or colleges approved in the country. Applications for entry permits, visas and visas are submitted through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in the concerned emirate.

She stated that accredited universities and colleges in the UAE can submit visa applications for their accepted students, whether international students or those currently residing in the country.

And she cautioned that admission to a university in the UAE does not guarantee the issuance of a visa, as the issuance of an entry permit and/or a student visa is subject to certain requirements, including passing a medical fitness test, and approval of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, including a security examination.