These are the conditions for obtaining UAE Golden Visa for foreign graduates
Graduates of accredited universities outside the UAE can obtain a renewable Golden Visa for a period of 10 years, which enables them to reside in the UAE without the need for a guarantor or a host, with the aim of working, investing, setting up a business, or settling in the country.
The authorities have specific terms and conditions, with a fee of Dhs350, according to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security (ICP), provided these conditions are met.
ICP clarified that it is possible to apply through its smart channels if the following conditions are met:
— A passport with a validity of no less than 6 months, (without the need to be inside the UAE)
— The university from where the applicant has graduated from must be among the best 100 universities in the world, according to the international classification approved by the Ministry of Education
— The cumulative average for bachelor’s graduates must not be less than 3.5 degrees
The applicant also must have graduated no more than two years, and the Ministry of Education must approve the certificate.
It is possible to apply through 4 channels available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including the UAECIP website or smart application, by accessing the smart services system either using the UAE digital identity or with a username, and then filling in the data, attaching the documents, paying the service fees, and evaluation of the service.
Then the applicant will receive the transaction by e-mail within 48 hours, ICP added.
The channels also include the ICP's Customer Happiness Centres where the applicant can submit an application after fulfilling all conditions and submitting all documents.
The applicant can also apply at the typing offices accredited by the ICP.
The application is rejected electronically after 30 days if it is returned due to deficiencies in the data or the shortage of the required documents, and it is also completely rejected if it is returned 3 times due to these reasons.
In this case only the issuance fees and financial guarantees are refunded (if any) via credit card within a period not more than six months from the date of submitting the application, or through the other procedures used to recover fees by cheque or bank transfer within a period not more than five years.
Concerning the required documents and the prescribed fees, the ICP clarified that a copy of the passport and a coloured personal photo must be submitted, noting that the visa issuance fee is Dhs350, which includes Dhs100 for application fees, Dhs100 for issuance fees, Dhs100 for smart services, and Dhs50 for the ICP and electronic services.
In the event that it is not possible to enter the country during the prescribed period from the date of issuance of the visa, its validity can be extended for a period of 60 days for one time only.