Student Visas

International students can be sponsored by RIT Dubai for a student visa.

Students already in the UAE who wish to transfer to RIT Dubai visa without exiting the country will pay a one-time additional fee of AED 1800 for visa status change.

Please allow up to 15 working days to process the visa. Students must submit the paperwork well in advance to avoid paying overstay fines.

RIT Dubai Student Services Office handles all official government documents and transactions to obtain student visas and renewals. The students are responsible for the transaction fees to process the visa. For more information, please contact Mr. Urak Aidan, Government Affairs Coordinator and Legal Department, at uxacad@rit.edu.

Student ID Cards:

Contact Ms. Roberta Anne Abuel in the Admissions Office to request for your student ID. You will receive your student ID card shortly after student orientation event.

Note:

The student visa is valid for one year and needs to be renewed annually at the cost of AED 1670/- (subject to change)

Click here to apply for Student Visa.

General Visa Requirements:

  • All visa applicants must attend medical examinations (as per the Annex 1).

  • Students must adhere to any attendance policy relevant to their program of study.

  • All students must be covered by medical insurance, either private (must provide a DHA Compliant Policy) or through the RIT Dubai preferred provider.

  • Enrollment requirements:

    • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of three subjects in Fall and Spring Semester.

    • Postgraduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of one subject in Fall and Spring Semester.

New Student Visa:

Incoming students during fall or spring semester who have been accepted and enrolled at RIT Dubai will become eligible for a new student visa once all document highlighted below are submitted. Applicants in the UAE and outside the UAE could provide a soft copy to (rracad@rit.edu) or a hard copy to the Visa Office located in room 123-2 Documents required are:

  • Visa Application form

  • Admission letter from the university

  • Colored passport copy with a 6 months validity

  • Copy of current residence (if residing in the UAE are planning to shift to RIT Dubai sponsorship)

  • Three passport size photographs with white background

  • Copy of medical insurance documentation (if available)

  • Receipt for payment of the tuition fees for the first semester made to the Finance Department (1 month should be paid for monthly payment plan)

  • Contact details in UAE (if available)

In addition to the above documents, students residing outside the UAE are also required to submit a copy of their airline ticket. Once all the above and the airline ticket is provided, the visa will be emailed to you and you will be required to provide all the above at least 5 working days before your arrival. Kindly note the following:

  • Your acceptance at RIT Dubai does not mean you will be granted an entry visa to the UAE. All visa applications are subject to the approval of the official authorities. Rejection of visa is possible.

  • The university will submit your visa application to the relevant authorities and the applicant will be advised of the acceptance or rejection in duecourse.

  • All students on a University-sponsored visa are not allowed to work outside the university. However, new regulations issued in 2016 allow students to work part time subject to an NOC from the university and in certain locations.

  • Visa applications that are rejected will incur costs associated with the visa application process.

  • Students arriving in the UAE on a tourist or service visa must exit the country in order to validate the student visa once issued.

Visa Renewal:

Except for students on COOP, visa renewal will not be processed unless the student meets the requirements mentioned in General Visa Requirements. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Visa Office about visa renewal. To avoid additional charges/fines, students are required to submit the following documents one month prior to the visa expiry:

  • Original passport

  • Receipt of visa renewal fee and health insurance

  • Three passport size photographs with whitebackground

  • Valid Emirates ID card

  • Valid Medical health insurance

The visa renewal process is expected to take 3-4 weeks (working days). However, this estimate strictly relies on when the UAE Government Authorities finalize their checks & clearances. The student will be required to pay any additional fees or fines should a delay from the Government Authorities occur.

Medical Examination:

As part of the visa application, all students (new and renewing) are required to undertake and pass a medical examination. Upon arriving to RIT Dubai or after orientation students must visit the Student Affairs Immigration Department during business hours and submit the following:

  • Original passport

  • Original visa with stamp from immigration at the airport

  • Three passport size photographs

The examination will take place at a Ministry of Health approved hospital or clinic or the municipality health clinic. Kindly note the following:

  • At the time of submitting a passport for processing, the Student Affairs Immigration Department will request the students complete their medical exam according to the schedule highlighted in Annex 1. The time frame for this shall not exceed one week.

  • Students passing their medical will be notified by the Student Affairs Immigration Department. Their passports will then be sent to Immigration for final stamping. Prior to stamping and in accordance with the UAE Law students are required obtain medical insurance through the university or externally (DHA Compliant policy must be provided). Stamping can’t be processed unless proof of insurance is provided.

  • The Student Affairs Immigration Department will advise students via email, to collect their passports once the visa is stamped

Cancellation of Student Visa:

Students on Student Residence visa are required to cancel their visa immediately upon completing / leaving their program of study and before leaving the UAE. This process takes approximately 5 working days. Failure to do this may result in strict legal and financial implications with the UAE Government Immigration Office. Failure to comply with local regulation could result in a ban in entering the UAE and other GCC countries. To cancel the student visa, the following documents must be submitted 15 days prior to expiry or leaving/completion of program of study (if before expiry date):

  • Original Passport

  • Original Emirates ID card

Frequently Asked Questions:

If a student is currently on a ‘tourist’ visa, how can I apply for a ‘student’ visa?

As per the Dubai Immigration Regulations, a candidate on tourist visa can apply whilst based in the UAE however they will be required to leave the UAE through Immigration and re-enter with a ‘student’ visa. Please note, that if you have a “Visit Visa not a tourist visa”, you may transfer to a Student Visa without leaving the country.

What happens if my visa expires and it is not renewed?

According the UAE Laws and Immigration there normally is a grace period of 30 days for you to renew your visa after expiry. Afterwards, there are fines on a daily basis with the grace period which you will have to incur prior to processing your visa.

How long does it take for security checking?

The UAE Immigration Office typically provides clearances within a couple weeks. However, in some case security checking takes longer and this could incur some fines from immigration which will be charged to students.

Can I sponsor my parents/spouse if I have a student visa?

International students under an RIT student visa cannot sponsor their parents for a residence visa. However such students may sponsor their spouse/parents for tourist visa, if approved by immigration (For 14 days to 40 days). It is the students’ responsibility to apply for a spouse/parents tourist visa.

Annexure:

Annexure 1

Medical Test & Passports Collections from the students.

Day(s)

Tuesday & Thursday. Passport can be collected on Sunday.

Timings 09:00 a.m. - 01:15 p.m.

Visas (new & renewal (online & Immigration visa Stamping)) outside the office.

Day(s) Monday & Wednesday
Timings 09:15 a.m - 05:00 p.m.

Passports/Emirates ID Collection after stamping

Day(s) Thursday
Timings 09:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.

Visa Cancellation

Day(s) 15 days prior to expiry or leaving. Monday & Wednesday
Timings 09:00 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.

Annexure 2

Cost of Visa Cancellation
Description Charge (AED)
Visa cancellation fee (deductible from Security Deposit) 500