Foreign workers in
the UAE from all professions can now sponsor family members to live with them-
as long as they earn a certain salary that can support them financially.
Sponsoring a wife and child
If a male worker
earns a minimum salary of Dh4,000 or Dh3,000 plus accommodation costs, his wife
can also move to the UAE under his sponsorship.
The couple must
submit an authenticated marriage certificate, translated into Arabic by a
In some cases, a
Muslim resident may be allowed to sponsor two wives if he meets certain terms
set by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
A daughter can be
sponsored up to any age if she is unmarried, and sons can be sponsored up to
the age of 18 – unless studying abroad, when the son can be sponsored up to the
age of 21. New graduates are offered a one-year residence visa, with a one-off
fee of Dh100, though that will be
extended to two years soon.
Proof must be
provided of education, and a deposit must be placed with the Directorate. The
student must enter the UAE once every six months for the visa to remain valid.
Step-children can be
sponsored if accompanied by a no-objection letter from the child’s biological
Who Can you Sponsor
for a UAE Family Visa?
It is easier for a
male expatriate to sponsor his family members to the UAE than it is for a
woman. If you are a man who is on the UAE on a Residence Visa, you can bring
the following family members on a Family Visa to the UAE:
- Your wife. If you are a Muslim resident, you
may also sponsor two wives but you must meet certain terms set
out by the GDRFA.
- Your sons. You can sponsor your sons only if
they are 18 or under. If the sons are over 18, you can still sponsor them
but only if they are students, and only up to the age of 21. Additionally,
if the sons are over 18, they must enter the UAE at least once every six
months if studying abroad otherwise their UAE visa will be canceled.
- Your daughters. You can sponsor your
daughters only if they are unmarried.
- Your parents. You can also sponsor your
parents, provided you meet the following conditions:
- You sponsor both parents
unless one of them has passed away
- You pay a deposit as a
guarantee for each parent
- You get your parents a medical
- You have a monthly salary of
AED 20,000 or a AED 19,000 plus a two-bedroom accommodation
for a UAE Family Visa:
The documents needed
for support a UAE Family visa application includes:
UAE visa application
form (will be processed by Tafsir team)
Passport copies of
the family member/s being sponsored
pictures of the family member/s being sponsored
certificate for any family member over the age of 18
Copy of the
sponsor’s employment contract or company contract
Proof of monthly
salary the sponsor earns
accommodation, such as the registered tenancy contract
Ø The latest utility bill.
Can a Woman Sponsor
Her Family Members for a UAE Family Visa?
Yes, she can but the
criteria for a woman to sponsor her family to the UAE are higher than for a
- The family members she can
sponsor are her husband and her children.
- She has to earn a monthly
salary not lower than AED 10,000 or alternatively AED 8,000 plus
- She must work as an engineer,
teacher, or a profession related to the medical sector (doctor, nurse etc)
- In certain cases (and only
with approval from the DRND), if the woman has a sufficient monthly
salary, she could qualify for sponsorship even if she isn’t employed in
one of the aforementioned categories
- If she has a husband who can
sponsor the children instead, she is not allowed to do it herself. It must
be the husband.
How to Apply for UAE
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.
Applying for the
Before your family
members travel to the UAE to join you, you (or your employer) must apply for an
entry permit to allow them in the country in the first place. We will apply for
your family members’ entry permit; you just need to provide all the required
document and rest all undertaken by Tafsir team.
Applying for the UAE
The UAE Family Visa
is a type of residence visa, and as such, you have to submit it on behalf of
your family members after they are already in the country on an entry permit.
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