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Visa Guidelines - United Arab Emirates
The guidelines below apply to students studying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for a period of over 1 month or for one semester up to one academic year. Please contact Education Abroad if you have any questions.
A visa is a legal document from immigration authorities which shows you have permission to enter the country for a certain amount of time.
Is a Visa required for US Citizens?
  • Yes! US Passport Holders are required to apply for a visa in order to stay in the UAE for more than 1 month stay.
  • If you are not a US passport holder, you can click here to see if you need a visa to enter the UAE based on your Nationality.
  • Cost: 705 AED*
*Subject to go up, information about changes will be provided to you by the institution in UAE
Important notes

In the UAE, student visas are processed by the institutions after the student has been accepted as a visiting abroad student. They will send you an email with a form that will you need to fill out as well as request the following documentation:
  • A color copy of of all pages of the passport
  • Four passport sized colored photos with white background (shoulders covered, neutral face, no glasses or earrings)
  • Letter of enrollment from UAE institution in Arabic
Once online Visa application is completed, students will receive their Visa’s (by email) 2 to 3 weeks before arrival in the UAE.
The fee will be collected during orientation week in the UAE** Then the students Visa will be transferred from Student Entry Permit to Residence Visa.
In order for the transfer to happen:
  • They will first be taken for the mandatory x-ray and blood test
  • They will then fill out the application for the Emirates ID Card
Once this is completed their visa will be transferred to a Resident Visa within 2 weeks.
**Depends on the institution, more information will be provided by them in regard to application and payment

This page was last updated 6/6/17