- DURATION OF SPONSORSHIP AND TIME LIMIT
- MEDICAL FITNESS
- HOW TO SPONSOR SPOUSES
- HOW TO SPONSOR CHILDREN
- SPONSORING PARENTS IN THE UAE
- UAE FAMILY VISA: DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
- EMIRATES ID FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
- FAMILY VISA UAE: COST
The UAE population, especially its workforce, consists of a majority of expatriates. We have prepared this guide on family sponsorship in UAE, to help you understand the rules and procedures of obtaining residency for your dependents.
The latest regulations make the UAE family sponsorship process easy, provided that the sponsors fall under a specified income bracket. In the following paragraphs, we discuss everything about sponsoring your family in the UAE.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT UAE FAMILY SPONSORSHIP
Any expatriate can sponsor his or her family, as long as they have a valid residency permit. Last year, the UAE government updated family visa rules and as of March 2019, one can sponsor their spouse, parents or children as long as they meet the requirement of a minimum salary for sponsoring their family in UAE.
The minimum salary requirement for sponsoring a family in the UAE is AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation for male sponsors. So, there is no longer any restriction on the type of profession one has, as long as they match this earning limit. To know more about the new rules for wives sponsoring husbands in the UAE, take a look at our detailed post on UAE work permits for husbands on wives sponsorship.
While there are other conditions which will also be taken into account, the main eligibility criteria for obtaining a family sponsorship visa UAE is related to whether you can take care of the sponsored person’s needs.
DURATION OF SPONSORSHIP AND TIME LIMIT
When you are sponsoring your relatives, you have a 60 day-window to apply for their residence visa in the UAE after they arrive in the country.
Upon arrival, they are provided with an entry permit. The sponsor has two months to convert this permit to a valid residence visa.
In emirates other than Dubai, the entry permit is known as ‘tasheera’. You can obtain this online, but there are several details involved. You can start the process by visiting a typing centre to fill the document for AED 50.
The validity of the visa is for up to two years, but the exact duration depends on both the nature of the job of the sponsor as well as his or her labour contract.
For instance, if the sponsor’s visa is for three years, the sponsored relatives are likely to get the same duration. This excludes parents and adult sons, who get a residence visa in the UAE for one year. Likewise, if the sponsor’s visa is cancelled for any reason, the dependents’ visas will be cancelled as well.
When the dependent’s visa expires or gets cancelled, s/he has 30 days to obtain a new one. If they fail to do this, they will become illegal residents and may also have to pay an overstay fine.
The UAE government grants and renews residence visas in the UAE for individuals 18 and above only after taking a medical fitness test at a government-approved health centre. This involves a blood test and an X-ray. Dependents may also be tested for other health conditions.
If a person is declared medically unfit, they will not be given a visa.
HOW TO SPONSOR SPOUSES
To sponsor wives, residents have to show proof of the relationship through a marriage certificate (in Arabic).
As mentioned earlier, wives can also sponsor husbands in the UAE. In fact, sponsored husbands are now eligible for work permits as well. However, there are certain requirements.
In Abu Dhabi, the sponsor has to be a teacher, engineer or work in the medical sector and earn a minimum of AED 10,000 or AED 8,000 plus accommodation.
There are no occupational limitations for sponsoring a family in Dubai, as long as the sponsoring wife earns more than AED 10,000. However, she will have to take special permission from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA).
HOW TO SPONSOR CHILDREN
When it comes to obtaining the UAE residence visa for a child, the requirements are slightly different for sons, daughters and stepchildren. For instance, one can only sponsor daughters if they are unmarried.
For sons, the age limit for sponsorship is 18 years, unless the son is studying in the UAE or abroad. In this case, residents can sponsor their sons up to the age of 21. This can be done only after submitting proof of education (attested certificates from universities and schools). This is because the residency visa for sons is valid for a year and continues to renew until they complete their education. So they have to visit the UAE (if they are studying elsewhere) at least once every six months for their residency visa to remain valid.
Expats can also sponsor stepchildren under the conditions laid out by GDRFA. These include paying a deposit for each child as well as obtaining a no-objection certificate from the biological parent. For stepchildren, the government grants residence visas valid for one year, which are renewable annually.
Note that single women can also sponsor their children in the UAE. A single mother sponsoring a child in UAE also has to provide a no-objection certificate from the father, along with other necessary documents listed below.
SPONSORING PARENTS IN THE UAE
There is also a minimum salary requirement for sponsoring parents in the UAE. In Dubai, it is AED 20,000 or AED 19,000 plus two-bedroom accommodation. Moreover, the sponsor has to also obtain a medical insurance policy for the parents.
In case you want to sponsor your parents for a year’s stay, you will also have to pay a deposit for each parent.
As per the GDRFA, you have to sponsor both parents together, except in case of death or divorce, for which you need to give documentary evidence. Furthermore, you can only sponsor parents if it can be proved that you are their sole support.
UAE FAMILY VISA: DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
When sponsoring a family in Dubai or the other emirates, you have to submit the following documents with the application:
- Salary slip or certificate from the employer
- Registered tenancy contract
- Latest utility bill
- Marriage certificate (attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country and in the UAE)
- Attested birth certificates of children
- Passport copies of those being sponsored (passports should be valid for at least six months)
- Photos of those being sponsored (passport size against a white background)
- Medical clearance certificates
- Copy of employment contract/company contract
EMIRATES ID FOR FAMILY MEMBERS
Expat residents can easily apply for their dependents’ Emirates ID online through the FAIC website or Smart App. You need to submit your valid Emirates ID as well as passport-size photos of applicants.
FAMILY VISA UAE: COST
The sponsor registration file costs AED 268.90. Secondly, entry permits for the spouse or children cost AED 1,138.90. For parents, entry permits cost AED 1.175.
‘Tasheera’ costs for families outside the UAE is AED 500. If your family is in the country, tasheera costs AED 1,170 per person. Please note that they will need to exit the country and enter again with the permit. This process can be avoided for an extra charge of AED 670.
A normal medical test costs AED 320 where you get the report within a week. Emirates ID charges are AED 270 for two years and AED 370 for three years.
Finally, passport stamping charges are AED 460, in which you get the passport with stamped visa in four days. Same day stamping charges are AED 560.
This concludes our guide on family sponsorship in the UAE. By now you will have a fairly comprehensive understanding of the family visa procedure in the UAE.
We have also compiled a list of Amer Centres in Dubai where you can complete the visa applications smoothly. You can also find a list of medical centres for visas in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on the blog as well.
Do note that immigrations rules in the UAE are subject to change. Subscribe to MyBayut to keep yourself updated on all things UAE.