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Residency Visa Procedures for Families in Dubai

Here's everything you need to know about sponsoring your spouse and children while living in Dubai

Residency Visa Procedures for Families in Dubai
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.

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. 
 
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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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