Dubai Family Visa - Apply, Extend & Cancel

If you are looking to apply for the Dubai Family Visa then stay last to this page to thoroughly understand the process. This article will discuss all the rules and the latest updates (as of 2024) on how to get the Dubai Family Visa and you will better understand the visa-sponsoring process

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Important Note: You should be cautious to all the important updates and and acquire the prior knowledge to save time and money for Dubai Family Visa procedure

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When Your Family Member is Inside or Outside Dubai

Nothing to panic or worry, if you have all your documents in place you can apply and process their dependent visa in Dubai while they are in or out. It doesn’t have any impact on the approval or rejection.

Family Members Outside of Dubai

Those who are planning to bring their family member to Dubai from another country may proceed to receive an entry permit while your family member is out of Dubai.After the arrival (of your family member in Dubai) you can finish the rest of the process like stamping. This process will save you from spending extra where an entry permit for those who are out of Dubai costs 490 AED. To know the cost of an entry permit if they are in Dubai keep reading.

Family Member Inside Dubai

If a member of your family is already in Dubai on arrival Visa and you wish to convert their visa status to Resident? This can be done without them exiting the country or doing an Oman visa run. If you are opting for without exit option you have to pay for an inside country entry permit which costs 1140 AED and the status change is priced at 640 AED. If you are doing an Oman visa run you will have to drive to the Oman border but will be able to save 640 AED.



Passport stamped with a Resident Visa and a valid Emirates ID is a must requirement to sponsor a Dubai Family Visa to your family member. Additionally, your salary mentioned on the labour contract decides your eligibility to sponsor your family member. According to Dubai immigration any individual earning a salary of 4000 AED or more can sponsor their family members in a Residences visa. The other requirement is the Ejari tenancy contract of your apartment or a rental agreement in your name from any flat or residence.

Other Requirements Depending on the Circumstances

  • For a woman wishing to sponsor their husband and children with a Dubai Residence Visa, in that case, she acquires a valid residence and should be professionally a teacher, engineer, or any other profession in the medical sector. Furthermore, she should be earning a minimum wage of 10,000 AED or 8,000 AED along with accommodation.
  • Immigrants looking to sponsor their parents requires to keep a deposit as a guarantee and provide proof that there is no means of care back home. They must also be earning a minimum salary of 19000 AED and have an accommodation of two bedrooms. An annual medical insurance policy for both parents with the minimum stated coverage per parent is also required.
  • Those who wish to sponsor their stepchildren with a family Dubai Visa are required to fulfill the conditions employed by GDRFA (General Directory of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai). However, a written no-objection certificate from the biological parent of the children and a monetary deposit is mandatory.
  • A Muslim immigrant can sponsor two wives if the necessary terms and conditions laid out by the GDRFA are fulfilled.
  • For single mothers, who wish to sponsor their child, are required to produce a written no-objection certificate from their biological parents and a deposit for each child.
  • An immigrant can sponsor his daughter only if she is/they are unmarried
  • AAn immigrant can sponsor his son till he is 18, the sponsorship is extendable till 21 years if the parent shows proof that his son is pursuing education.


Types of Family Visas in Dubai

There are 3 types of family visas in Dubai.
  1. 1. First- Family visa valid 1 year - individuals sponsoring their step children will get a 1 year UAE Resident visa which should be renewed annually..
  2. 2. Second- 2 years valid family visa - based on the sponsor's 2 years labor contract 2 years family visa is granted.
  3. 3. Third- 3 years valid family visa - based on the sponsor's 3 years labor contract 3 years family visa is granted.


Documents Required

  • Soft copy of passport’s all bio pages
  • Visa’s soft copy
  • Original Emirates ID
  • Soft copy of Ejari
  • Soft copy of his picture (photo)
  • Marriage certificate with attestation - Soft copy
  • Wife’s passport copy all bio pages - Soft copy
  • Wife’s recent color passport size photo - Soft copy
  • Soft copy of passport’s all bio pages
  • Visa’s soft copy
  • Original Emirates ID
  • Soft copy of Ejari
  • Soft copy of his picture (photo)
  • Marriage certificate with attestation - Soft copy
  • Wife’s passport copy all bio pages - Soft copy
  • Wife’s recent color passport size photo - Soft copy

If an individual is sponsoring his parents, second wife, stepchildren, son or daughter, you need to produce the additional documents along with the above mentioned.


Process Till Stamping

Here is the step-by-step process to complete a family visa in Dubai

01 Collecting the documents (soft copies and Original Emirates ID)

You can either send the soft copies of the required documents and hand over the original Emirates ID to us (Arabiers team) or in case if you are not able to physically visit our office then we can collect it through courier.

02 File opening

A new file needs to be created in the immigration system using the provided documents. Then they will proceed to create the entry permit.

03 Entry Permit

Once the file is open, we create the entry permit (which is of two types.) If your family member is in Dubai, you will be processed with the first type of entry permit. If your family member is out of UAE, you have to process the second type of entry permit.

  • Entry permit (for insiders)- new family member(children wife)- Sponsor employed in private sector/govt/free zone/
  • Entry permit (for outsiders)- new- family member(children wife)- sponsor employed in private sector/govt/free zone

04 If applicant is in Dubai, change status & if not in Dubai, enter Dubai

When the entry permit is approved if your family member is in Dubai, the status change application needs to be done. If they are out they can enter Dubai using the entry permit.


The medical exam for issuance of family residence visa needs to be done at any medical center that has been approved by Dubai Health Authority and Ministry of Health & Prevention. You can visit the nearest approved medical Centre in Dubai.

Necessary documents during exam

  • Valid Passport Copy.
  • Valid Entry permit
  • 2 Passport size photograph with white backgrou

06 Emirates ID

To obtain an Emirates ID card, the eform on FAIC website will be filled out and submitted with the documents mentioned below:

  • Original passport
  • Original valid residency or entry permit
  • Original birth certificate or father’s passport or Emirates ID
  • Passport and visa of the sponsor of the applicant (only for newborns)

07 Insurance

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) rules say that all visa holders must possess medical insurance plans with DHA approval.

Source: Isahd

Personal medical policy for dependents with an annual limit of 150,000 AED and 20% coinsurance payable by the insured, can be purchased via local insurance providers. Services can be hailed via accepted health centers, clinics, hospitals, etc. 20% coinsurance is payable by the insured with 500 AED payable per encounter and a total annual cap of 1000 AED. The insurer will bear 100% cost of treatment above these limits. Including coinsurance, the charge of medicine and drugs has an annual limit of 1,500AED. 30% payable by the insured for every prescription. No cover for drugs and medicines over the annual limit. Restricted to a list of formulary products where available at the physician and the pharmacist.

08 Stamping

The visa holder should either enter Dubai or perform a status change within 60 days from the date of issue of entry permit. They should then proceed to get Emirates ID and perform medical to go ahead with the visa stamping.


How Long It Takes ?

Mostly the current visa status of your family member influences the family visa processing, when they are on tourist visa and it is about to expire. You get confused about whether the time you have is sufficient to process a family visa or if you would need to do a tourist visa extension. We will provide rough insights into the complete process of a Dubai family visa from file opening to stamping.

Steps Approximate Duration
Collecting the documents 1 day
File opening 1 day
Entry permit 2 days
Change status 1 day
Medical 2 days
Emirates ID 1 day
Insurance 2 days
Stamping 5 days
Total 15-17 working days

The duration stated is all approximate and it might take more than expected due to immigration and weekends (Friday & Saturday) in Dubai are not calculated.


Cost of Dubai Family Visa – Price List

Several factors determine the cost of your Dubai Family Visa such as the applicant's location, visa validity (2 or 3 years), the Kind of insurance you take for your family and the type of service you require (normal service or express service). You can check an approximate cost based on the situation mentioned below.

Type Situation Approximate cost
2 years visa Applicant is in Dubai Without insurance 3550 AED
With insurance 5322 AED
Applicant out of Dubai Without insurance 2450 AED
With insurance 4022 AED
3 years visa Applicant is in Dubai Without insurance 3750 AED
With insurance 5522 AED
Applicant out of Dubai Without insurance 2450 AED
With insurance 4222 AED
  • The insurance rates of children and single women are 50 % less than those of married women (0-65 years)
  • The insurance rates for Parents insurance are two times expensive insurance rates of married women (Age 45-90)
  • Married women ages are accepted 18-45 years



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New Updates 2024

The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security, announced that from Monday April 11th onwards residency visas will no longer be stamped on passports. The new generation Emirates ID will serve as proof for the applicant’s residency and will include all personal, professional and sponsor-related details that were previously mentioned in the residency visa stamp.
Source : Gulf News

Students studying in the UAE will sponsor their family members to visit the UAE if they can afford accommodation. The proposal is approved by the UAE cabinet to reinforce the country’s position in the job and education sector. The UAE government is aimed to offer moral stability and support the education sector in the UAE.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammad (the ruler of Dubai) has stated that certain amendments are passed in the cabinet that support overseas students to sponsor their families as long as they can afford it. UAE has become the top preferred and leading educational destination with over 77 universities and more than ten thousand students seeking admission every year. The specifics of this visa is yet to be released.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

He can use a dependent visa till he is 21 years old. Since your child is above 18, you can submit an educational proof that he is a student in UAE or abroad to renew his dependent visa. After two months, when he completes his 21 you have to apply for your son’s own residency visa.

It is allowed. The necessary processing for this can be done through the “Thasheel” company

Yes, it is legally allowed to apply for medical insurance even after getting the Family Visa stamped. The individual sponsoring the family visa can choose a medical insurance plan depending on his or her requirement from an external insurance agent.

You are not required to hand over the passport except for visa stamping.

All you need to do as a sponsor is to submit the following documents:

  • The Emirates ID of both the sponsor and dependent are needed.
  • Copies of your passport and Visa page soft copies.
  • All relevant charges during processing and other government charges, must be paid by the sponsor.

Immediately after your successful status change is done, the concerned authorities will inform you when to perform it.