RCSI Bahrain Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Student Visas & Residency

As an international student (non-resident of Bahrain) coming to study in Bahrain, you are required to comply with the mandatory requirements set out by the General Directorate of Nationality, Passport and Residence (GDNPR). The Student Services Department in RCSI Bahrain will aid and guide you in complying with these procedures.

Student Visa Application

The student visa is a legal requirement for you to stay in Bahrain whilst studying at RCSI Bahrain. The visa is obtained for an initial period of one year and is renewable on an annual basis thereafter.

To start the application for a student visa, you are required to submit the following:-

  • One (1) passport copy showing your name, nationality and date of birth
  • Payment of a non-refundable Visa fee

The fee for a new student visa is USD610 which includes Residence Permit, Re-entry Visa and Smart Card.
Below is a breakdown of the fees of the Student Visa:

  • NOC Endorsement and Joining fee 104 USD
  • Visa 160 USD
  • Smart Card 26 USD
  • Residence Permit Issue 143 USD
  • Re-entry visa (1 year) 58 USD
  • Agent Charge 93 USD
  • Meet and assist on arrival 26 USD

      Total Fee USD 610

The student visa fee should be submitted after you have accepted your offer and paid your deposit. The student visa can take up to two months or longer to process, depending on the nationality of the applicant and other factors.


NOC: A student visa can take six to eight weeks to process, depending on individual circumstances. The granting of the NOC visa is wholly at the discretion of the GDNPR and, while RCSI Bahrain will do all that it can to assist, we cannot guarantee against the delay or rejection of the application. Please note that if the visa is rejected, the processing fees still apply and so the payment received is not refundable. If the NOC is not approved in time for the start of the academic year, students may apply to enter Bahrain on a visit visa until such time as the approval is granted. A visit visa and any necessary extensions will carry additional charges to the individual applicant. These charges vary depending on the student’s nationality and can be processed through the Student Services Office.

Smart Card

In essence, the Smart Card is an identification card which is used to verify the holders’ identity. Personal details such as name, date of birth and nationality are printed on the card and additional information is stored on a chip on the card such as address, place of study, etc. Every Citizen and resident in Bahrain is issued with this card. The Smart Card allows you to:

  • Open a bank account
  • Register your home electricity bill
  • Register a mobile account
  • Visit and be treated at public medical centres for free

The cost of the Smart card is included in the visa cost. The university will organise for you to attend an appointment at the government office to obtain your smart card, however this cannot be organised until you have a place of residence in Bahrain.

All visa-related enquiries should be directed to studentservices@rcsi-mub.com.

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