Visas

Student Visa

Students who want to study in UAE are issued with a UAE Student Visa. Student visas are offered for full-time programs. UAE student visas are valid for a period of 12 months. International students are required to renew their student visas at the end of the 12 month period if their program is longer than that period. For programs of less than 12 months, international students are issued with short-term or long-term visas.

Murdoch University Dubai provides a visa sponsorship service through Dubai Creative Cluster Authority for all students residing and/ or not residing in the UAE. This allows you to study and reside in the country for a 1 year (renewable) period, to cover the duration of your program. Residency visas are required for all International students and residents over the age of 18 who currently reside in Dubai.

You need to be a full-time student to qualify for Murdoch University Dubai visa sponsorship and to start the process you should have accepted an unconditional offer and have paid all fees due as per you Letter of Offer.

STEP 1. Apply for an Entry Permit

To apply for visa sponsorship, you will need to submit a completed Visa Application Form along with the following documentation to Murdoch University Dubai Student Services Public Relations Officer (PRO):

Outside UAE

  • Valid passport copy (valid for minimum 6 months from the date of application)
  • Completed and signed Visa application form
  • Completed and signed TECOM undertaking letter
  • Current trimester tuition fee and visa processing fee receipt
  • 4 passport sized colour photographs with white background

Inside UAE

  • Visa cancellation paper (from previous sponsor/employer, if you are applying in-country and have previous residence visa, tourist, visit or service visa).
  • Old Emirates ID card copy (if you are applying in-country and have previous residence visa, tourist, visit or service visa).
  • Valid passport copy (valid for minimum 6 months from the date of application)
  • Completed and signed Visa application form
  • Completed and signed TECOM undertaking letter
  • Recent trimester tuition fee and visa processing fee receipt
  • 4 passport sized colour photographs with white background

NB. All documents must be scanned in full colour.

STEP 2. Local Amendment or Arrival Intimation completed

If you are in-country a Local Amendment needs to be completed and medical insurance document uploaded. You must also provide a copy of your tourist visa, visit visa or previous visa cancellation paper; and a clear coloured copy of front and back of Emirates ID if available.

If you applying from outside the UAE, a copy of the Entry Permit needs to be emailed to you first and you enter the country with the entry permit. The entry permit will be stamp upon arrival by immigration. Once Entry Permit has been stamped an Arrival Intimation needs to be done and medical insurance document uploaded. The following documents to be submitted to Murdoch University upon arrival for visa stamping.

Documents needed for Arrival Intimation:

  • Original passport
  • Original entry permit with entry stamp
  • 4 passport size coloured photographs with white background

STEP 3. Medical and Emirates ID received from TECOM

After your Local Amendment or Arrival Intimation is completed, you must attend and pass a medical examination. The examination will take place at a Ministry of Health approved hospital or clinic.

You must submit your original passport and photographs to Murdoch University Dubai who will pass them to TECOM on your behalf, so you can be issued with an Emirates ID. At the time of submitting your passport for processing, the Student Services Department will provide you with a Medical Fitness Report request, which will require you to attend a medical. Upon passing your medical you will be advised by Murdoch Dubai’s Student Services team generally within 5 to 7 working days of your medical test and Emirates ID schedule dates.

Passports for those who have passed their medical will be sent to Immigration for final stamping.The Murdoch University Dubai Student Services Department will advise you to collect your passport once stamping has been completed.

Medical insurance will be valid ONLY when final stamping has been completed. You are advised to arrange interim health insurance for the period of arrival through until final stamping occurs. Under the UAE’s Student Visa Immigration policy, all students must have health insurance - either private insurance or insurance arranged through Murdoch University Dubai’s preferred provider.

The visa application process normally takes 10 – 12 working days and normally applications undergo a security check by UAE government authorities. However, some applications can take up to 1 month or more. Some visa applicants may also be required to submit additional documentation to the UAE government authorities (e.g. attested birth certificate, translated in Arabic).

STUDENT VISA & OTHER RELATED FEES
VISA FEES (AED)
SI. No Service type Current status Normal Express Cautionary deposit**
1 Student visa application (one year student visa and renewable)

1,890

3,200 7,000
2 Student visa application Inside UAE - Tourist & visit visa, previous residence visa of any kind (one year student visa and renewable) 2,730 4.040 7,000
3 Student visa renewal Sponsored students need to renew their visa every year until they complete their course from Murdoch University Dubai. 1,600 2,360 0
4 Student visa cancellation*** Sponsored students who graduated, discontinued, or who get employed during their studies should cancel their visa, exit the country and change status within the grace period. 390 940 0
5 Administration charges Non refundable 200 200 0
6 Medical Insurance 1200      

***After your student visa is cancelled we'll hand over your passport & cancelled paper at the airport(Dubai), if you want to change your visa status in country within the grace show us your new entry permit copy and collect your passport and visa cancellation paper from us.

***Visa deposit refundable after the exit process or new visa copy which is on your passport page.

** The cautionary deposit is refundable to sponsored students after cancellation of visa, and deduction of all outstanding dues.

*** Students who fail to cancel their student visa prior to leaving the UAE after graduation or withdrawal will be considered absconders by the TECOM free zone authority and will forfeit their cautionary deposit.

*** Emirates ID card is compulsory for all the sponsored students.

Health Insurance

As part of the visa laws, all students must have health insurance for the duration of their visa. Students issued with a 12 month visa have access to our group medical health insurance scheme. Murdoch University Dubai has partnered with a local insurance company to provide a comprehensive and competitively priced medical insurance plan.

This scheme is compulsory for visa sponsored students and optional for non-sponsored students, who can make an application through the Registrar’s Department. It provides round the clock cover for expenses incurred by students in a wide network of hospitals and clinics in the UAE, whether as an outpatient, inpatient or emergency admission.