Saudi Arabia Visa Requirements for international students

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To receive a Saudi Arabia Student Visa, you must first get accepted in an educational institution in Saudi Arabia. This is why it is important to apply through RocApply and secure a vacancy in any of the univeristies of your choice the proceed with application for a visa.

The school then has to apply at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for authorization for your Student Visa. if the Ministry of Foreign Affairs authorizes the visa, you can then apply at one of the Embassies or Consulates of Saudi Arabia near you by submitting the following documents:

  • Proof of authorization from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (eg. Visa Authorisation Number)
  • Your Birth Certificate
  • Your high school diploma or other previous academic qualifications
  • Medical report issued by a certified medical practitioner which states you are not infected with any contagious diseases. The report must have been issued within the last three months.
  • Applicants under the age of 16 don’t have to submit a medical report.
  • Police clearance, issued within the last six months
  • If you are under the age of 18: Authorization to travel from your parent(s) or legal guardian(s).

Saudi Arabia has a relatively strict visa policy, only allowing visa-free access to a handful of neighboring countries.

Citizens of the following countries are exempt from visa requirements for Saudi Arabia:

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • United Arab Emirates

If you are from one of these four countries, you can enter Saudi Arabia with just your ID card.

Who is eligible for a Saudi Arabia eVisa?

But since the launch of the Saudi Arabian eVisa, passport holders of over 40 countries can enter the Kingdom through a facilitated process online. Anyone who is not exempt from visa requirements or eligible for an eVisa visa will have to apply for a Saudi Arabian visa at an Embassy or Consulate.

Important things to note

If you are not eligible for a Saudi Arabian eVisa, you will have to apply at an Embassy or Consulate of Saudi Arabia nearest to you. When you apply at an Embassy/Consulate, you will have to submit several supporting documents, as requested by the consular.

You likely have to appear in person, although some offices may accept visa application submissions by mail or through an authorized travel agency. Once you submit the completed application, you have to wait one to two days for the application to be processed, although it may take longer depending on the specific Embassy/Consulate. After your application has been processed, you can pick up your visa during the pick-up hours.

Since different Embassies or Consulates may have their own rules and requirements, it is always advisable to contact them first. You’ll learn about whether you need to make an appointment, their opening hours, and their specific requirements. Find the diplomatic missions of Saudi Arabia here.

ROCAPPLY INSIGHT: This is NOT an exhaustive list of required documents. The Saudi Arabian authorities can ask you to submit any additional documents as they see fit during any stage of your application processing.

"I had to cancel my ticket to South Cyprus because I did not know that as long as you do not have an EU pass or Greece visa you are not allowed to enter South Cyprus.Do not make the same mistake I did, South Cyprus and North Cyprus are basically different countries" - Badar Bilal from Pakistan

If you fail to submit all the documents in time, the embassy will ask you to book another date for your appointment, therefore to avoid delays please submit all the documents in full.

As the Visa process for international students can take up to 3 months, depending on the country, we strongly encourage you to calculate enough time for it.


Application and visa process to North Cyprus

Costs of obtaining the Student Permit
Upon arrival in North Cyprus, students are expected to obtain a student permit which will allow them to be legally acknowledged in the Country.
For new students, they have nothing to worry about since RocApply and the university's international students office officials will assist you through this process.
The cost of for obtaining the student permit is approximately 60 Euros.
This cost will cater for costs such as:
  • Police clearance examination
  • Medical Examination
  • Resident permit application forms
  • Resident Permit national stamps
Please note that students will be given time to prepare for this process (up to a month after arrival), however as Rocapply we advice students to travel with the funds to process their Student permit as soon as they arrive.

Extending the Study-Visa once in North-Cyprus

Students will be required to submit their enrollment documents to extend the student visa on yearly basis.Some students have the possibility to extend for more than a year, however, please check with your respective university concerning the procedure and if your residence status allows you to extend for more than a year.

How to extend a passport with my student Visa

For each and every country there are different processes to extend passports of which RocApply advises students to consult with their respective embassies concerning the process and travel only with a valid passport for at least one year.

Whats Next Now that you have the acceptance letter?

Step 1: Pay the tuition fees on the Acceptance letter( Please be very careful with the bank names and account)

Step 2: Send RocApply together with the university the receipts of the payment through email

Step 3: University tracks the bank transaction and confirms the payment after 8 working days

Step 4: University and RocApply will send you a letter confirming the payment which will be needed at the visa offices

Step 5: Prepare the following documents (Remember you do not need to actually buy the air-ticket but you can only reserve and get an itinerary it incase you need to change the dates)

Step 4: Go to the Turkish Embassy and submit the documents once the university confirms the payment

How About Accommodation?

Regarding accommodation, we recommend staying on campus the first year and we will notify the university to reserve you a room as soon as you pay tuition fees. The rent for the room should be around 150 to 200 dollars per month but you only need to pay it when you are there in North Cyprus and the university will also show you many options for accommodation but please be sure before you choose, take a day to really evaluate. The university will give you more than 2-3 days to stay in their dorms for free before you decide which room you would like to take or pay for for the rest of the semester.

Who will pick me up at the Airport?  

Once you have confirmed your arrival date in North Cyprus please send the university and RocApply an email with your air ticket information so that the university driver can pick you up at the airport. The driver will be carrying a board with the name of the university, just approaching and he/she will have your name on the list. The driver will take you directly to the university. 

Please note that you do not need to pay for transportation from the Airport to the university on your first arrival date provided you let the university know of your arrival date because they will pick you up and drive you to the university for free and provide with accommodation to sleep.

North Cyprus Visitors Visa

For parents wanting to visit their children studying in Cyprus securing a visa is relatively easy considering that Cyprus in a tourism-dominated economy.

Further Assistance

If you are still looking for the right university and affordable programs in North Cyprus visit our Study in Cyprus Page.

If you have any questions, want to consult or need help with preparation for visa application please contact RocApply. 
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