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Golden Visa in UAE for students: how to apply in 2024

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The United Arab Emirates has emerged as a global hub for education, business, and innovation. In a bid to attract talent and foster international collaboration, the UAE government introduced the Golden Visa program. While traditionally associated with business and investment, the Golden Visa has opened new avenues for students seeking world-class education in the UAE.

The golden residency permit is granted to the top graduates from UAE schools, universities, or international universities.

The 10-year residency period of this Golden Visa is fixed and cannot be extended under any circumstances.

Eligibility Criteria and Documents for the UAE Golden Visa for Students

The UAE offers a golden visa to exceptional student applicants who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievements. No sponsor is required for this type of Golden Visa.

Top students:

  • A copy of the passport;
  • A general secondary school certificate from a public or private school with a score of not less than 95%;
  • A copy of the existing residence permit.

Top graduates of UAE universities:

  • A copy of the passport;
  • A bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree, provided that the university’s classification is not less than the best 100 universities in the world according to the international classification approved by the Ministry of Education;
  • A copy of the residence permit.

Top graduates of international universities:

  • A copy of the passport;
  • A bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from a university licensed by the Ministry of Education;
  • Transcripts, provided that the GPA is not less than 3.5 degrees.

The minimum time between graduation from university and the submission of an application for a Golden Visa should not exceed two years.

How to apply for Golden Visa in UAE for students

Applicants for the Golden Visa for Students are required to submit an application in the desired emirate.

In order to apply for a Golden Visa, applicants must first check whether they qualify via the online portals launched by the authorities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

A one-time fee of 1,100 dirhams ($300) is charged for the issuance of a Student Gold Visa

UAE Golden Visa advantages for students


Stability and security

The Golden Visa provides students with a sense of stability and security during their academic journey. With residency secured for an extended period, students and their families can enjoy the benefits of living in a safe and thriving environment.

Career opportunities

The Golden Visa not only facilitates academic pursuits but also opens doors to career opportunities. Students can explore internships, part-time employment, or even start their entrepreneurial ventures, contributing to their personal and professional growth.

Cultural exposure

Living in the UAE provides students with a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a rich and diverse cultural landscape.

Networking and collaboration

The UAE serves as a global business and innovation hub. Golden Visa holders can leverage this advantageous location to network with professionals, entrepreneurs, and academics from around the world. Collaborative opportunities abound, fostering a dynamic and interconnected community.

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