We’ve gathered all the rules & updates of 2021 about getting Dubai family visa. By reading this guide you will not only better the sponsoring process but also avoid unwanted expenses
If you are up to date with the necessary information & have the right PRO or typing center you will be able to avoid wasting time and money
Applying a Dubai family visa for a family member outside UAE will save you 1290 AED rather than applying for one while they are in UAE (getting them on a UAE visit visa and then apply dependent visa). Read below to understand how you can save.
Let’s dive into the first topic
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.
If you have made a decision that you are definitely sponsoring your family member to Dubai, you may proceed to receive an entry permit while your family member is out of Dubai. After your family member has arrived, you can finish the rest of the process like stamping. This process will save you from spending extra as 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.
Your family member has arrived in Dubai with a tourist or 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 inside country entry permit which costs 1140 AED and the status change priced at 640 AED. If you are doing Oman visa run you will have to drive to the Oman border but will be able to save 640 AED.
Having a valid Resident visa stamped on your passport and having a valid Emirates ID are the requirements in UAE to sponsor your family members. Additionally, your salary mentioned on the labor 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 on your name from any flat or residence.
Previously, only certain professions in an approved list were capable of sponsoring their family members. Currently, all professionals can sponsor their family members as long as they fulfill all criteria stated above.
If you are sponsoring your parents, second wife, stepchildren, son or daughter, read under "Eligibility" to know the additional documents you will need to submit along with these.
Here is the step by step process to complete family visa in Dubai
Send the soft copies of the required documents and hand over the Original Emirates ID to us. If in case you do not want to come to our office we can collect it through courier.
A new file needs to be created in immigration system using the provided documents. Then they will proceed to creating the entry permit.
There are 2 types of entry permits. After the file has been opened, the entry permit application will be done based on your family member's location. If your family member is in Dubai, you can get first type of entry permit. If your family member is out of UAE, you have to process the second type of entry permit
As soon as the entry permit has been 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 Centre that has been approved by Dubai Health Authority and Ministry of Health & Prevention. You can visit the nearest approved medical Centre in Dubai.
To obtain an Emirates ID card, the eform on FAIC website will be filled and submitted with the documents mentioned below:
As per the rules of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), it is compulsory that all visa holders possess medical insurance plans approved by the DHA.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 with regards to each and every prescription. No cover for drugs and medicines in excess of the annual limit. Restricted to a list of formulary products where available at the physician and the pharmacist
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.
Most of the time, family visa processing is influenced by the current visa status of your family member which is usually the expiry date of your tourist visa. You get confused whether the time you have is sufficient to process family visa or would you need to do a tourist visa extension. We can give you a breakdown of how many days it takes to complete the process from file opening to stamping.
|Collecting the documents||1 day|
|File opening||1 day|
|Entry permit||2 days|
|Change status||1 day|
|Emirates ID||1 day|
|Total||20-22 working days|
The duration stated are all approximate and it might take more than expected due to immigration and weekends (Friday & Saturday) in Dubai are not calculated.
The cost of a Dubai family visa is based on where the applicant is, the validity duration of your residence visa (2 or 3 years), what insurance you want for your family member and whether you need a normal service or express service. Here, we tried to give you an approximate cost based on the situation
|2 years visa||Applicant is in Dubai||Without insurance||3500 AED|
|With insurance||5272 AED|
|Applicant out of Dubai||Without insurance||2200 AED|
|With insurance||3972 AED|
|3 years visa||Applicant is in Dubai||Without insurance||3700 AED|
|With insurance||5472 AED|
|Applicant out of Dubai||Without insurance||2400 AED|
|With insurance||4172 AED|
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By placing a security deposit, having a two bedroom apartment in Dubai and buying insurance you can get your parent residence visa in Dubai.
The UAE cabinet has approved the proposal allowing overseas students studying in UAE-based universities to sponsor their family members to visit the UAE if they can afford accommodation. This proposal aims to strengthen UAE's position as a top destination for work and study by offering moral stability and supporting the education sector in UAE.
Sheikh Mohammed stated that certain amendments have been passed to the citizenship and national residence processes by approving overseas students to sponsor their families as long as they can afford it. The UAE has become a leading destination for education with over 77 universities and more than ten thousand students seeking admission every year. The specifics of this visa is yet to be released.