Ideally, the student visa process should start at least 1–2 months prior to the beginning of the semester, so that they can care of the other aspects of the departure checklist. It usually takes around 15–20 days for the visa to be processed, however, that depends from university to university. International students also have the option of choosing Express processing, which costs more than normal processing. Under express processing, students can get the UAE Student Visa within 10 days.