As a Dubai resident, you can sponsor your parents. Here's everything you need and what to know about doing so
23 January 2013| Last updated on 13 March 2019
Here's all the information you need to know if you wish to sponsor your parents while living in the Emirate.
UAE expatriates, holding valid resident visas having a minimum salary of AED 19,000 with accommodation or AED 20,000 without accommodation can get one year renewable resident visas for their parents or parents-in-law.
As per new regulations, you have to sponsor both your mother and father together and show proof that you are their sole provider and that there is no one to take care of them in your home country.
However, if your parents are divorced or one is deceased, you should carry documentary proof, when visiting DNRD to obtain the entry permit visa, which is the first stage before you can apply for a residence visa. You also need to obtain a medical insurance policy for each parent with minimum coverage of AED 600 per year.
How to get your parents' UAE entry visa
Documents required for entry visa
- Typed application form
- Original passport of sponsor
- Passport copy of parent/s & 1 photo
- Proof of relationship from your embassy/consulate attesting both relationship and that you are sole provider for your parent/s
- Copy of job contract for the sponsor or salary certificate from employer
A requirement is submission of DEWA bill and your tenancy contract showing you have adequate space in your house for your parents (minimum 2 bedroom apartment). You need to get your tenancy contract stamped by the Land Department, certifying it is minimum 2 bedroom. In case your tenancy contract does not mention that you have at least 2 bedrooms, then you need to get an affidavit from your landlord and submit this as well.
Procedure for sponsoring parents in Dubai
- Take the documents and go to General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai. Submit along with a letter from your side appealing on humanitarian grounds for entry visa for your parent/s. Enclose copies of all above documents along with your contact numbers. The Approval Committee will either confirm or reject your application within two weeks. If approved, go to next step.
- Have a registered typist complete the form after paying the fees.
- Go to the residency section of DNRD and hand in the documents.
- Entry Permit will be sent by Empost usually within 48 hours, or if you have applied for urgent visa, then you should receive it from the counter in a few minutes.
Fees for sponsoring parents in Dubai
- AED 2,000 refundable deposit (keep receipt safely for renewal or reimbursement, as this is paid back only when the visa is cancelled or in case your parent dies)
- AED 110 application fee + typing centre fee (or pay AED 100 more for urgent application)
Converting your parents' entry visa to UAE residency visa
Once your parents enter the country with the entry visa, you must convert it to a residency visa no later than 60 days from the date of entry.
Documents required for residence visa
- Application form & 3 photos of parent
- Original passport of parent/s and sponsor
- Original entry permit
- Health card or medical insurance policy for parent/s
- Refundable deposit receipt
- Original job contract or salary certificate of the sponsor
Fees for parents' UAE residency visa
- AED 110 residency fees each year + typing centre fee
- AED 100 urgent application (optional)
- AED 10 Empost fees
Procedure to follow
- Do a health check up and obtain a medical card.
- Take the documents and go to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs - Dubai.
- Have one of the typists there complete the form for you after paying the fees.
- Go to the residency section and hand in the documents.
- The passport/s with the residency visa stamp will be sent to you through Empost.
*Please note, these are correct at the time of writing. Fees may alter depending on changes within the system. For further information, you can visit the Dubai Government portal here.
Remember, you need health insurance
A scheme launched in August 2015 by the Dubai Health Authority ensures all individuals applying for or renewing their residency visa must have adequate health insurance. No one will be able to gain a new or renewed residency visa unless they have health insurance.
The purpose of this scheme will be to make sure that all employers and sponsors comply with rules that make it mandatory for every person in the Emirate to have insurance.