Applying for a student Visa in dubai

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PROCEDURE

The student’s acceptance is considered confirmed upon the payment of the $1,000 deposit which is applied to the first-semester tuition. Once the student pays the deposit, visa application fee, visa maintenance fee, and medical insurance fee (unless opted out), the Visa Application Form will become available on the applicant status page.

student visa requirements

  1. Completed Student Visa Application Form
  2. Signed and accepted offer/admission letter
  3. Deposit fee and visa fee remittance receipt
  4. A scanned color copy of your passport – your passport expiry date should be at least six months from when applying for a student visa
  5. Passport size photograph in color with white background. Required specification can be found at: https://beta.smartservices.ica.gov.ae/echannels/web/client/manual/icao/icao_english.pdf
  6. High resolution photo in color, JPEG format, with white background. Please note that due to the new ICA requirements, you will have to visit a photo studio to take a new picture for your student visa & Emirates ID application once you are in Dubai. Please be sure to obtain a soft copy of the picture from the studio so you can submit it to the Visa Office.
    (Other than specified photos are strictly not accepted.)
  7. Cancellation paper or tourist visa copy (if student is inside UAE)

fees structure

If based outside of UAE when applying:

Process

Amount

VAT

Amount + VAT

Processing of new student visa if based outside of UAE when applying

$896.00

$44.80

$940.80

Visa maintenance fee

$683.00

$683.00

Medical insurance (if not arranged by own)

$268.31

$13.42

$281.73

Total (USD)

$1,905.53

If based within the UAE when applying:

Process

Amount

VAT

Amount + VAT

Processing of new visa if based within the UAE when applying * (visa change status)

$1,342.00

$67.10

$1,409.10

Visa maintenance fee

$683.00

$683.00

Medical insurance (if not arranged by own)

$268.31

$13.42

$281.73

Total (USD)

$2,373.83

ProcessAmountVATAmount + VAT
Processing of new student visa if based outside of UAE when applying$896.00$44.80$940.80
Caution visa deposit/visa maintenance charges$683.00$683.00
Medical insurance (if not arranged by own)$268.31$13.42$281.73
  Total (USD)$1,905.53
ProcessAmountVATAmount + VAT
Processing of new visa if based within the UAE when applying * (visa change status)$1,342.00$67.10$1,409.10
Caution visa deposit/visa maintenance charges$683.00$683.00
Medical insurance (if not arranged by own)$268.31$13.42$281.73
  Total (USD)$2,373.83

Visa charges are set by Dubai Development Authority (DDA) and may be subject to change.

TIME ALLOTMENT FOR the VISA PROCESS

SI NO

Process

Time Frame

1

Receiving of student entry permit

5 – 7 working days

2

Arrival intimation (if outside UAE) / change status (if inside UAE) & medical test

2 – 3 working days

3

Visa stamping or e-Residency visa (after medical)

3 – 5 working days

4

Emirates ID fingerprint process intimation (after medical)

3 – 5 working days

5

Emirates ID fingerprint process appointment

Depends on ICP

6

Medical insurance

N/a

Processing duration: VIP/Express (15 to 20 working days)

SI NOProcessTime Frame
1Receiving of student entry permit5 – 7 working days
2Arrival intimation (if outside UAE) / change status (if inside UAE) & medical test2 – 3 working days
3Visa stamping or e-Residency visa (after medical)3 – 5 working days
4Emirates ID fingerprint process intimation (after medical)3 – 5 working days
5Emirates ID fingerprint process appointmentDepends on ICP
6Medical insuranceN/A
 Processing duration: VIP/Express (15 to 20 working days) 

Please note this time limit is only an approximate. In no way can we guarantee this time frame nor are we able to expedite the government process.

VISA AND EMIRATES ID APPLICATION PROCESS

Detailed below is the step-by-step guide on the visa process and Emirates ID formalities which must be completed after your arrival to UAE and will be arranged by HU Visa Office.

  1. Entry permit
  2. Arrival intimation
  3. Medical test
  4. Official visa stamping or e-Residency visa with Emirates ID intimation
  5. Emirates ID biometric appointment and ID card delivery
  6. Medical insurance
 

Before traveling, it is advisable to check for any updated travel protocols that need to be followed before your arrival in the United Arab Emirates. Please ensure you arrive in plenty of time and have all necessary travel documents with you.

1) STAMPING YOUR ENTRY PERMIT (IF STUDENT IS OUTSIDE UAE):

When arriving at Dubai Airport, you will be required to present the entry permit to the Dubai Airport Immigration Authorities, who will stamp/seal your passport and entry visa to confirm entry. We would advise printing a copy of the student entry permit before arriving at the airport for your own ease. 

Please note that this entry permit has a validity of 2 months. We recommend arriving in Dubai on or before the valid date as you will be subject to paying an additional fee to extend this date of entry.

2) ARRIVAL INTIMATION / CHANGE STATUS:

Within 3 days of arrival to Dubai, please visit the HU Visa Office. You will need to bring your original passport and entry-stamped visa.

If a student is inside the country with cancelled visa or tourist visa, the University will process the change status for moving their residency visa sponsorship file to university sponsorship.

3) MEDICAL TEST:

After arrival or change status, the UAE government requires students to undergo medical tests which will be arranged by the HU Visa Office. Medical testing includes a blood test and chest x-ray to ensure medical fitness. In the unlikely event that you are medically unfit, the University will be notified, and arrangements will be made to return you immediately to your country of origin. The testing is conducted externally through federal agencies. Harrisburg University will provide details of your appointment via your student email address.

4) OFFICIAL VISA STAMPING OR E-RESIDENCY:

Following the medical test, your application will go for Emirates ID biometric intimation and visa stamping process in the immigration department. Please note that as per the recent immigration rule, visa stamping on passports has been completely stopped and only e-residency visa is issued.

5) EMIRATES ID BIOMETRIC APPOINTMENT AND ID CARD DELIVERY:

The Emirates ID card is a mandatory identity card for all residents living in the UAE (subject to immigration approvals). The Emirates ID card appointment is subject to availability in the ICP immigration system. As this is an external federal agency, we are unable to guarantee the timeframes for receiving the appointment date. Once the fingerprint process is completed, the student Emirates ID will be delivered to the University via courier and the student will be notified for collection.

6) UNIVERSITY HEALTH INSURANCE:

Medical insurance is required for the visa process and is therefore mandatory for students studying in Dubai. You can opt to purchase medial insurance through the University. While Harrisburg University Dubai Campus itself does not provide medical insurance coverage, the external insurance provider we are partnered with has gone through an extensive procurement process to ensure its competitive edge in the market. Alternatively, you can obtain you own insurance. Note that the level of coverage will need to be compliant with Dubai law. Students will also be required to submit proof of coverage to the University if purchasing independently. 

As you will note, the time frames from arriving in Dubai to receiving your Emirates ID card can be lengthy and beyond our control. We recommend you purchase your own travel health insurance for a maximum period of 3 months to ensure your personal health and safety during processing.

Important visa notes

  • Visa fees are beyond the control of the University and are subject to change in case of an increase by government authorities. The student will be liable to pay the additional visa charges.
  • Any fines, penalties, or additional charges incurred due to an error, delay, late submission, loss of documents, etc. by the student will be borne by the student.
  • The student should not stay outside UAE for more than 180 days continuously after the visa is stamped on the passport.
  • Breaking the laws of the United Arab Emirates could result in deportation, for which the University is not responsible, and the student must bear all costs incurred.
  • During this visa process, you will be unable to travel. Please note, depending on UAE government guidelines, some countries may need to undergo additional security checks or be required to submit additional documents to UAE government authorities. It is beyond the control of the University and can further delay the processing of applications.
  • An international student visa is valid for a period of 12 months and renewable according to the duration of the program of study.

Take the Next Step

Please fill out the short form below and someone will contact you shortly to discuss the opportunities at Harrisburg University.

By completion and submission of this form, I consent to receive communication from a representative of this institution by phone, text or email regarding the educational program request.