A guide to sponsoring your family in UAE

UAE is one of the most favorable countries to work and live comfortably. From a business perspective, the zero percent tax regime is what makes the country an incredibly attractive proposition. Moreover, the vibrant economy and the strategically emerging markets attract many foreign investors. On a personal level, residents of the UAE benefit from a high standard of living and quality of life. Dubai, in particular, is often considered as a great place to live. Reasons for this being the quality of healthcare offered here, environment, and level of safety of this city. And if you are an expatriate in this city, then all these benefits can extend to your family too. 

The process of applying for child visa Dubai, or that for your spouse or other family members, is quite straightforward. 

Who can I sponsor? 

You can sponsor any of your dependents including your spouse, children, or parents. But you need to make sure that you meet the sponsorship criteria and provide the required documents.

As a sponsor, you need to hold a valid UAE residency visa. Along with that, you should have a minimum salary of AED 5,000 for your spouse, AED 10,000 for both your spouse and child and AED 20,000 for your parents.

You will also require the attested marriage and/or birth certificate from the country of origin (translated if not in English or Arabic) for sponsoring your spouse or child.

Sponsoring your family member – step by step

If you meet the criteria and have the required documents in place, you can start with the sponsorship process. Whether you require a child visa Dubai, that for your spouse or parents, the process will consist of the following stages:

1. Entry permit: this is a temporary visa for your family member, that allows them to get an entry in Dubai. The entry permit is valid for 60 days. An entry permit application process takes about 15 days.

2. Status change: on getting an entry permit for your family members, you can activate it by the process called ‘status change’ or ‘status adjustment’. This stage is necessary to get a full residency visa. A status change can be carried out in-country, out of the country, and the ‘border run’, which entails driving across the UAE border and then re-entering to receive an entry stamp. It takes around 3-5 days to get a status change.

3. Medical fitness test and Emirates ID registration: a medical fitness test is necessary for any one getting the UAE visa (your child below 15 years is an exception).This comprises of a blood test for any infections and chest X-ray and takes about 2-3 hours. After passing the medical tests, your family should apply for their Emirates ID card (necessary for all UAE citizens needed to open bank accounts, to take out contracts for mobile phones, or tenancy agreements).

4. Residence visa stamping: this is the final stage of obtaining the visa for UAE, in which the UAE residence visa is stamped on your family member’s passport.

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