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Residency Visa Procedures for Families in Dubai

Residency Visa Procedures for Families in Dubai

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Residency Visa Procedures for Families in Dubai


 Residency Visa Procedures for Families in Dubai


Sponsoring your family in the UAE is a relatively easy procedure providing that you meet the country’s minimum requirements.

Expatriates seeking to set up their lives here in Dubai must organise their residency visa in order to ensure they're legally allowed to stay and work. Plus, gaining your residency visa is the first step to organising things like bank accounts, tenancy contracts, health insurance and even car loans.

To live here, foreign workers must be sponsored. Whether this is by a family member or a company depends on the circumstances you have.

Residency Visa UAE

If you are the individual that is the family sponsor, there are many companies here that are family-friendly that will sponsor the employee's spouse and children (up to a certain age). So to help you, we have all of the information about obtaining a visa for your spouse and children. 

Please note: if you are an existing expat who needs to renew yours and your family's residency visas, you musth have health insurance before doing so. 

Sponsoring your spouse in Dubai
A spouse may sponsor their partner's residency in the UAE only if their total earnings about to AED 4000 per month (or AED 3000 with accommodation) or more. If you or your husband is the sole provider in the family, then you should make all of the necessary applications for a spousal visa. 

A wife may sponsor her husband if she is employed as a doctor, engineer or teacher, and she should be earning more than AED 4000 per month (or AED 3000 with acommoddation allowance). If as a wife, you work in a different profession to the ones listed, you must make a petition to the department to exempt you from this requirement. 

SEE ALSO: A guide to sponsoring your husband and children as a wife or single mother

The department will decide on the request and pass its resolution of acceptance or rejection. In the case of acceptance, the basic salary requirement will increase to AED 10000 without accommodation, or AED 9000 with accommodation allowance. The visa that will be issued is a one year, renewable residency visa. 

Everything should be done at an authorised typing center in the UAE, where the application will be typed up for you in Arabic. It's important to make sure you have all of the original documents available with you. 

Here's everything that you need...
  1. Application form available from the typing center(s)
  2. Colour passport copies
  3. Passport size photographs with WHITE backgrounds (top tip: have around 15 copies always just incase)
  4. Sponsor's original passport
  5. Sponsor's original Emirates ID card
  6. Original attested marriage certificate from issuing authority, UAE embassy from sponsor's country and from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE
  7. Original attested birth certificate from issuing authority, UAE embassy from sponsor's country and from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE
  8. Original EJARI certificate/tenancy contract along with last paid electricity bill
  9. Original MOL (Ministry of Labour) contract
  10. Original salary certificate, attested
  11. Original and valid medical certificate (visa medical)
  12. IBAN (International Bank Account Number) of the sponsor
  13. Last 3 months bank account statement with original stamp and signature
  14. Health insurance for spouse
  15. AED 5000 deposit
 
In addition to the above, it's important to note that if the wife is being sponsored by the husband, or vice versa, these steps must also be followed:
  • The sponsored spouse should have his/her blood tests and x-rays (visa medical) completed at an authorised medical facility and should retain the certificate for visa processing.
  • The sponsor and spouse should visit the typing center at the immigration department together. Have all the documents ready and fill the application forms in and pay the necessary fees here.
  • Fees are AED100 per year and spousal sponsorship is usually valid for three years. The total fee for a three year visa usually amounts to AED370 after extra charges are added.
Residency Visa Procedures in the UAE

Please be aware that a sponsored spouse is not allowed to be employed unless they have a labour card, work permit or employment visa.

How to sponsor your child(ren)
Male children can be sponsored by their families up to the age of 18, and thereafter to the age of 21 only if they are enrolled in a full time university or college degree. A female child can be sponsored by her family as long as she remains unmarried.

Step-children will need permission from the biological parent or guardian for the purposes of sponsorship. If the biological parent or guardian is unavailable check to see what documents are necessary for the immigration department to process the sponsorship.

Here are the documents that the sponsor will need to bring to the typing office:
  1. The application form available from the typing center at the immigration department
  2. Three photographs of the child (white background), always have extra photographs handy as a precaution
  3. The original passports of the sponsor and the child and their photocopies
  4. Original and valid medical certificate
  5. Sponsor’s employment contract, attested
  6. Sponsor’s salary certificate, attested
  7. Sponsor’s residence visa and copy
  8. Tenancy contract in the sponsor’s name or if company provided
  9. Health insurance for the child
  10. Duly attested birth certificate
Here are the steps to follow;
  • The child should have his/her blood tests and x-rays completed at an authorized medical facility and should retain the certificate for visa processing.
  • The sponsor should visit the typing center at the immigration department. Have all the documents ready and fill the application forms in and pay the necessary fees here.
  • Fees are AED100 per year and like spousal sponsorship, child’s sponsorship is usually valid for three years. The total fee for a three year visa usually amounts to AED370 after extra charges are added.
Always double check the requirements for a residency visa with the immigration department before you go there to avoid unnecessary trips to and from the department.

Always bring original documents and their copies in both black and white and colour to have with you just in case they are needed. Remember to carry lots of photographs as a precaution if any extras are needed. 
 
Sponsoring families in Dubai

What about renewing your residency visa?
A law is in place that means individuals of all nationalities are no longer required to leave the country in order to change their visas to residency permits. Previously, residency applicants would require to leave and re-enter the UAE in order to receive their visas. That is no longer the case, however. 

Expats who have moved to Dubai on a short term or visit visa, may now pay a fee to gain residency without having to cross the UAE's border. 

SEE ALSO: About working on your husband's visa

Companies and visitors must of course submit all applications and transactions before the expiry date of the visa period to avoid any violations.

The new rule applies to all entry permits including 14-day transit visas, one month short-term visas and the three month long term visit visas, as well as student, medical and residence visas. 

 

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  • Stuart AndDeb Pendergast on 22 May 2014 02:24:09 PM
    hello. I am an Australian woman with a post-graduate degree but am not an Engineer, Doctor etc. so therefore, the application to sponsor my husband was denied (luckily they allowed me to sponsor our son). I have heard that there are exemptions to this - but have been unable to find any information. People have also advised me to "transfer my residency to Dubai where the sponsoring husband rule is softer". Does anyone have any first hand experience of this issue. thanks. Deb
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  • blackbeauty on 26 Aug 2014 11:33:29 AM
    What about Residency Visa Procedures for singles??
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  • joana loraine reyes on 30 Sep 2014 11:49:11 AM
    Is it true that the minimum salary is 10,000 dhs if my husband wants to make visa for me as husband visa?
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  • Laprincess21 on 01 May 2015 10:23:25 PM
    If I am single and I'm not going to get marry, and I want to live in the UAE what are the requirements that I need to get Residency Visa?
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  • admin on 03 May 2015 12:39:10 PM
    Dear All, Please refer to this page to find out how an employer can sponsor you: http://www.expatwoman.com/dubai/monthly_dubai_guide_uae_visa_documents_for_employer_14068.aspx Please refer to the necessary government agencies for your specific queries regarding specific cases as sometimes labor laws/procedures change from time to time. Thank you!
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  • Mom777 on 25 May 2015 01:01:30 PM
    Hi , i am a mother of two small boys below 10 yrs of age.my husband is in india. We are living separate now but not divorced. What are the requirements for me to sponsor my boys here.pls help
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  • admin on 25 May 2015 03:32:23 PM
    Hi Mom777 This page should provide you with all the information you need. http://www.expatwoman.com/dubai/monthly_faqs_Wife_Sponsoring_Husband_10393.aspx HTH EW Admin
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  • Payel Bhattacharya on 23 Jun 2015 02:46:55 PM
    If my husband is earning8000aed per month would he be able to sponsor me and my child
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  • admin on 23 Jun 2015 03:39:50 PM
    Hi Payel Bhattacharya , Your husband should be able to sponsor you if he is making 8000 Dhs per month. He can also sponsor your child up to the age of 18 if male and if female until they are married. HTH EW Admin
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  • Payel Bhattacharya on 25 Jun 2015 06:41:32 AM
    Thank you.How long will it take for my husband to get a visa for me and my daughter.
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  • admin on 25 Jun 2015 09:34:00 AM
    Hi Payel Bhattacharya, That will depend on how long it takes to get his visa and then he can start to process yours.HTH EW Admin
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  • Payel Bhattacharya on 25 Jun 2015 10:13:45 AM
    Thank you once again.he would get his visa emirates card ,labour card and tenancy contract within 15days.After that if he applies would it be possible that I would get my within 2-3 working days.Is there any speed up services to get the visa
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  • admin on 25 Jun 2015 10:55:08 AM
    Hi Payel Bhattacharya, It will probably take a little longer than that. There is no extra services you can pay for to speed it up either. HTH EW Admin
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  • Sidra Surmed on 10 Jul 2015 02:32:53 PM
    Hi If my husband is changing his visa to another comoany so automatically I have to be shifted on changed visa , but in that tenure I m ecpecting, would it now allow me to switch visa? They will Not give me residence visa is it?
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  • admin on 14 Jul 2015 10:46:47 AM
    Hi Sidra, Your husband will have to make the changes to your visa as well. Congratulations on your news. For more information a on visa for your child please refer the the UAE government website: http://www.government.ae/en/web/guest/having-a-new-baby-in-the-uae HTH EW Admin
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  • Arul Pragash on 19 Jul 2015 08:39:03 PM
    Hi,my salary is 3500aed including everything, I need to get family visa for my wife,she is here in Dubai on visit visa,is it possible to get the visa??& what are the requirements please tell me about this
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  • admin on 20 Jul 2015 09:14:36 AM
    Hi Arul Pragash, It depends if you have accommodation provided as well. If you are eligible to sponsor your wife then all the documents you need are listed above. HTH EW Admin
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  • Dubai0916 on 23 Jul 2015 11:34:53 AM
    Hi! My husband is qualified to sponsor us (wife & 2 daughters) for a family visa. My question is, is there any security deposit that he needs to pay when applying for our visa? Thank you.
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  • admin on 23 Jul 2015 02:02:50 PM
    Hello Dubai0916, There will be some charges with regards to your visa process but not a security deposit as he is sponsoring you as his family, not to work. For more information please visit the government website. http://www.dubai.ae/en/Lists/HowToGuide/DispForm.aspx?ID=44 HTH EW Admin
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  • Judi Grl on 03 Aug 2015 05:35:20 AM
    Hi how many months offered by uae companies usually to get family visa after minimum salary reached
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  • ribbon461 on 03 Aug 2015 02:17:10 PM
    Hi I am a British teacher seeking work in Dubai. My husband is also looking for work in a customer service type role. Would we both apply for visas and residencies via our prospective employers or would we have to sponsor one another?
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  • admin on 04 Aug 2015 10:35:22 AM
    Hi Ribbon461, if you and your husband are working separately you can have separate visa's which the company will arrange for you, this is sometimes more convenient. You also have the option to sponsor each other, n.b. minimum earnings apply for sponsoring a family (especially if you are a woman sponsoring your husband). HTH EW Admin
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  • Ahmed Chishti on 06 Aug 2015 01:10:20 PM
    Hi, I am a Pakistani national earning 8000 p.m plus accommodation. Can i sponsor my two daughters aged 3 years and 1 year without sponsoring my wife. i can't bring my wife on residence visa because she has Hepatitis B positive. Both of my baby daughters are completely healthy and HBV vaccinated. My wife would be vising and living here on 3 month visas. Whereas in her absence, I have friend's families and many relative families as well to take care of my babies.
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  • Lee R. Cooper on 06 Aug 2015 05:18:14 PM
    Im married to local in U. A. E, I'm house wife only, Is it possible to bring my daughter and my mom for residence visa and what's the requirements?
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  • admin on 09 Aug 2015 12:43:57 PM
    Hi Ahmed Chishti, You should be able to sponsor your children, you might just have to provide extra documents. For more information please call this toll free number 8005111. HTH EW Admin
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  • admin on 09 Aug 2015 12:00:00 AM
    Lee R. Cooper. For your situation you can get further advice from the government toll free number 8005111. HTH EW Admin
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  • SeatoDxb on 30 Aug 2015 05:36:07 AM
    My husband is in Dubai and has his work visa. We are waiting on my temporary visa which his employer said they would cover the cost of if I do not enter the country before that is issued. After several weeks of waiting we are wondering what the cost would be if I go now and we pay out of pocket for the visa. All help and advise is so appreciated :-)
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  • admin on 31 Aug 2015 12:00:00 AM
    Hi SeatoDxb, It really depends on a couple of factors. I would get your husband to call the government toll free number from Dubai. 800 5111 They will be able to help further. HTH EW Admin
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  • Bluetit on 06 Sep 2015 08:24:25 AM
    Hi My son is 6 - does he need to have a medical to renew his visa?? He didnt need one before - have the rules changed? Thanks
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  • admin on 06 Sep 2015 08:41:05 AM
    Hi, If your child is under 18 their is no need for a medical to renew his visa. HTH EW Admin
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  • adil khan on 22 Oct 2015 02:36:13 PM
    Hello, I am a civil engineer and have been working in Abu Dhabi for last 1.8 years. My wife is in UK but pakistani national. I am planing to bring her here in Abu Dhabi my gross Salary is 8300. Can i get her residense visa?? Coz so many different views are available on website stating that salary should be minimum 10000... is this correct? regards Adil
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  • admin on 25 Oct 2015 08:52:43 AM
    Hi adil khan, It does depend on different factors, e.g. what role you have. Please call the toll free number on 800 5111 to confirm the minimum wage that you need. HTH EW Admin
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  • jasin jose on 15 Dec 2015 07:00:03 PM
    Hi, please do advise. I earn 5000 per month and holds a visa as perfume sales. I need to take residence visa for my son. I got the all the required documents am only afraid regards to my occupation stated as perfumes s ales. Will that be any problem? Please note I obtained residence visa for my wife and for my first son on current salary n occupation. Please advise thank you
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  • admin on 16 Dec 2015 01:58:52 PM
    Hi jasin jose, If you can provide all the correct documents and meet the requirements then your role title shouldn't affect it. For any more information please contact the Ministry of Labour toll free on: 800 665. HTH EW Admin
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  • Joann Echavia on 06 Jan 2016 05:25:46 PM
    Hi, For companies that sponsor the employee’s children, are the requirements the same (like tenancy contract,etc)?
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  • admin on 07 Jan 2016 08:22:21 AM
    Hi Joann, to answer your questions - yes the requirements are the same. HTH EW Admin
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  • Abhishek R P on 02 Mar 2016 05:22:02 AM
    Is there specific period of time that you would have to stay in Dubai before sponsoring spouse?
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  • Malarvizhi Sendilvelou on 02 Apr 2016 07:56:49 AM
    My Company is paying the salary 8000 including accommodation, whether i can sponsor my husband or not.please advise
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  • on 22 May 2016 12:07:51 PM
    hello, I already took an entry permit for my husband with my profession being an engineer. Please advise on the exact charges needs to be paid at the typing center for visa stamping. File opening has already been done while taking entry permit Regards Rams
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  • hannooni on 12 Jun 2016 09:56:21 AM
    Hi and thanks for your wonderful and informative blog! May God bless your efforts :) I'm an American woman looking to move to Dubai. I have a business in America and transferring it to UAE seems to be quite expensive. I have many GCC friends that are able to help me with renting an apartment, buying a car, etc... I also travel monthly any way so would plan to do so. Would I have any foreseeable problems with just doing the 30 day visit visas? Is it legal technically? Any other advice? Thanks!
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  • Mar12 on 21 Jun 2016 05:52:43 PM
    I was just accepted a job in Dubai but still need a visa for my son. I am a single mother, never married to his father, and he isn't on his birth certificate. Should I be able to obtain a visa without his father, since he isn't around?
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  • Tina Tina on 23 Jun 2016 12:58:09 PM
    Hi. How long does it take to issue housewife visa from date of applying ? Lebanese passport holder.
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  • Arifa Salam on 29 Jun 2016 07:20:18 PM
    Hi admin I am due to start a job in August (2016) and my 25 year old son who is a Masters in Sports Science would also like to try n find work there. Can I sponsor him or pit him on a family visa?
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  • Arifa Shukurova on 06 Jul 2016 10:58:58 PM
    Good day Admin! I do very appreciate your response. I am interested in the period of husband visa obtain. How many weeks it will take getting husband visa after docs application?
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  • Bhavish Reddy on 07 Jul 2016 04:55:36 PM
    I am getting salary of 3800aed + accommodation. Can I sponsor my wife and 4yrs daughter and how much total costs for their residence visas
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  • Krrish Na Kumaar on 17 Jul 2016 04:14:14 PM
    I am getting salary about 3200 AED + Accommodation. Can i able to sponsor my Wife ? Also whether i have to pay any deposit amount for spouse via. Also pls let me know if my wife can work in dubai using spouse visa.
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  • Siddharth Patt on 25 Jul 2016 04:37:55 PM
    Good Evening, i am siddharth i have residence visa and my salary is 4250aed i want to sponser my wife in dubai so is it possible to bring ? please update me soon thank you ..!
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  • Sheila Mae Ricafort on 04 Aug 2016 12:26:29 PM
    i just left my previous company as my husband want me to be in his visa, i planned to exit and come back with visit visa and while on visit visa he will process the husband visa but then, i cannot go out the country because my passport is getting expired. My question is will my husband can process my visa while im still in employment visa and passport expired? Please i really need your help.. thank you soo much!!
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  • Anneta Murray on 17 Aug 2016 11:14:10 PM
    I am a sales person, with a sales visa. My salary is 5000 AED. The PRO has just informed me that i can not give my wife residence visa as the rules has changed, He claim that Sales visa can't obtain sponsorship visa to anyone, I must have a degree plus change my visa to a manager. My question is, is it true ? P.S: I had a sales visa before with no degree, and i have sponsor my wife before. Kindly advice.
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  • Nushrath Alam on 21 Aug 2016 06:03:06 PM
    Hi, my husband working in UAE and me and my kids are also lives in Dubai. My son is going school in Dubai. If my husband change his job. What will happened to our visas. Are we have to switch visa . What about my son's school . Please advise
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  • Chuck Daniel on 30 Aug 2016 02:55:20 AM
    Hello, I'm about to create my business in Creative Free Zone and would like to sponsor my wife and son. How does it work for sole proprietorship if there is technically no salary given to my self? Should I make a money transfer from my business account to my personal account as a replacement of a salary? Thank you for your help!
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  • b. free on 07 Sep 2016 08:20:28 PM
    hi. i had my medical on monday. the documents were turned in to immigration on tuesday. can i possibly get the passport back on thursday with the new visa? i ask because next week the government is closed, and i must travel. do you think this is realistic? what else could i do?
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  • Lola Bellouere on 01 Oct 2016 12:42:30 AM
    Hi I wondered if you could help. I wanted up apply for a teaching role which would supply me with a visa accomadation etc. Me and my partner are not married he wants to join me and start a business working from home. Can he get sponsored on my visa even though we are not married? Thanks
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  • Kyaw Min Wai on 12 Oct 2016 01:07:33 PM
    Hi,if someone earning 10000Dhs monthly income+ 4500dhs(housing allowance) with one studio flat contract, can he able to sponsor his mother..his sister is also working in Dubai with 4000Dhs monthly income, can they able to sponsor their mother since their father has passed away..what are the required documents and to go which department to do visa process..they are Myanmar nationality..Something like , humanitarian can relate with applying visa...2 bed room here in dubai is super expensive. so,
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  • mahi123 on 13 Nov 2016 11:35:34 AM
    hi i want to know is it compulsory to have husbands name in wife passport for uae residency visa?
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  • Shereen Mohd on 17 Dec 2016 06:36:35 PM
    hello.can any one tell me where can i find tht 600 dhs insurance for my family?
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  • fero on 17 Dec 2016 10:37:59 PM
    Hi, my husband is working in Dubai and trying to take residential visa for me and my daughter. Last year his visa got stamped in passport but the company haven't updated visa status yet. Is there any problem to take residential visa. If so is there any other way to get it. Plz assist me lil urgent
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  • michael erekpege on 23 Jan 2017 02:33:57 PM
    I came on a 2weeks visit visa from nigeria and I just got to know about a course am interested in in Dubai but the program is to last for 6months please what do I do in other not to vacate and enter again because I have already payed the tuition for the program.?
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  • Gabryel Bertea on 14 Feb 2017 02:19:11 PM
    Once the visa is ready and emirates id also ready , can i take the deposit of 5000 AED back ?
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