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UAE family visa requirements 2021

Expatriates holding a valid UAE residence visa are eligible to sponsor their families as well as immediate family members. As per the UAE regulations, expatriate employees are each issued 2-3 year residence visas, while the expatriate employers or investors are each issued 3-year residence visas. Residents regardless of the profession can bring their dependents to the UAE provided that they meet the minimum salary requirement, show proof of relationship and dependency, and ability to house and financially support their dependents while residing in the UAE. 

Documents to show relation and dependency that is not issued in the UAE must be legalised and attested by the UAE Consulate from their home country, and then by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.


Types of Dependent Visas

A sponsor may apply for dependent visas for the following dependents.

  • Spouse
  • Children
    • Sons – Should be 18 years old and below unless still studying and below 21 years old.
    • Daughters – Unmarried only. Married daughters must be sponsored by their husbands.
    • Stepchildren – A non-objection certificate from the biological parent will be required.
    • Adopted children – Legal adoption papers will be required.
  • Parent
  • Parent-in-law



What are the requirements to sponsor your family in the UAE?


General Requirements

  • Sponsor’s passport with residence visa and Emirates ID
  • Dependents’ passport copies
  • Dependents’ passport-size photo


Minimum Salary Requirements

The minimum salary requirement is to ensure that the sponsor will have enough funding to financially support the dependents while residing in the UAE. The sponsor will be required to submit a recent salary certificate and may be asked for a UAE bank statement as a supporting document.

  • The minimum monthly salary for male expatriates must be a minimum of AED 4,000 per month or AED 3,000 per month plus accommodation.
  • The minimum monthly salary for female expatriates must be a minimum of AED 10,000 or AED 8,000 plus accommodation.
  • The minimum salary to sponsor parents and parents-in-law is AED 20,000.


Proof of Relationship and Dependency

Proof that the sponsor is related to the dependent must be submitted for the visa application to be considered.

  • Marriage certificate for the spouse.
  • Birth certificate for children.
    • With a non-objection certificate from the biological parent for stepchildren.
    • With legal adoption papers for adopted children.
  • Sponsor’s birth certificate for parents.

Additional documents to show proof of parents’ dependency may be required.

A sponsor may also apply for dependent visas for parents-in-law by submitting a marriage certificate and the spouse’s birth certificate. In this way, a connection between the sponsor and the parents-in-law can be established.


Proof of Domicile

The sponsor must be able to show that the dependent will have a decent place to stay while residing in the UAE, that the domicile will have enough rooms for the number of dependents, and that the domicile actually has active utilities.

  • Tenancy Contract or Title Deed
    • At least 1 bedroom for immediate family – spouse and children.
    • At least 2 bedrooms for extended family – parents or parents-in-law.
  • Recent Utility Bill (DEWA, SEWA, ADDC, etc.)

In addition to this, the family members who are over 18 years have to pass the medical fitness test from a health centre approved by the UAE government. 


Time frame to get a family visa or a dependent’s visa

It will take between 10 to 15 working days if you have met the UAE Family Visa Requirements listed above. In some cases, it may take more time to receive the approvals from the Immigration Department of the respective emirate.


How to apply for a UAE family visa?

Family visas for the UAE can be sponsored by either the expatriate or his/her employer. As a foreign resident, you must submit a UAE Family Visa application within 60 days of receiving your own UAE Residence Visa. PRO specialists at Decisive Zone will guide you to step by step process procedure to get your dependent visa approved in a faster way. 


About the author:
Gaurav Rajyana | Operations Manager

Gaurav Rajyana | Operations Manager

Gaurav’s years of experience in the industry makes him one of the top experts in business operations and compliance. He makes sure that all client’s processes are seamless and on schedule.
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