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How can an international student obtain residency in UAE?

Is there any type of visa or residency program to allow international students to work and live permanently in UAE? If so, what are the requirements?

  • March 25, 2020

    In 2019, the UAE implemented a new system for long-term residence visas. The new system enables foreigners to live, work and study in the UAE without the need of a national sponsor and with 100 percent ownership of their business on the UAE's mainland. These visas will be issued for 5 or 10 years and will be renewed automatically. As I understand you are a student currently. Based on that category of "outstanding students", you are eligible for a 5-year visa. This includes outstanding students with a minimum grade of 95 percent in public and private secondary schools; university students within and outside the country having a distinction GPA of at least 3.75 upon graduation. The long-term visa includes families of outstanding students.