Requirements to Sponsor Someone for a UAE Dependent Visa

After arriving in the UAE with an entry permit, you have sixty days to apply for a residence visa. When you have UAE residency, you can apply for your spouse, children, or parents to join you. The main requirement to sponsor a family member is income. You must have a minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation.

What Professions are Eligible for Dependent Visa in UAE?

There are no requirements regarding the types of professions eligible for the UAE family residency visa program. Employers and employees wanting to sponsor a family member only have to meet income requirements.

Who Can you Sponsor for a UAE Dependent Visa?

If you are working in the UAE, you can sponsor your wife, husband, dependent sons, unmarried daughters, parents, or stepchildren. Here are specific requirements when sponsoring a family member for a UAE Dependent Visa:

  • Spouse: Your wife can join you on a family visa. Married women can sponsor husbands; however, there are different eligibility requirements for wives.
  • Son: Male children under 18 are eligible under the UAE family visa scheme. Sons who study in university can be eligible up to 21 years of age.
  • Daughter: Only unmarried daughters qualify for sponsorship in the UAE dependent visa program.
  • Parents: If both parents are still alive, you must bring both. Additionally, you must pay a guarantee deposit, arrange for medical insurance and earn over AED 20,000 or AED 19,000 plus a two-bedroom accommodation.
  • Stepchild: You can sponsor a stepson or stepdaughter if you have a No Objection Certificate from the other biological parent.

It’s important to note that the UAE authorities don’t recognise same-sex marriages.

Can a Woman Sponsor Her Family Members for a UAE Dependent Visa?

A woman can sponsor family members to the UAE on a family visa. However, there are different requirements for a woman than for a man. Here are the criteria a woman to sponsor her husband and children:

  • Earnings: A monthly salary of more than AED 10,000 or AED 8,000 plus accommodation.
  • Profession: To be eligible as a sponsor, a woman must work in a specialised profession — doctor, nurse, teacher, or engineer. However, there are some exceptions.
  • Other restrictions: If married and the husband qualifies as a sponsor, the wife can’t act as the sponsor.

Documents Required for a UAE Dependent Visa

A successful UAE Dependent Visa application depends on submitting the correct documents. Here is a list of the necessary documents you will have to submit with a UAE dependent visa application form:

  • Passport copies of sponsored family members
  • Passport-size pictures of sponsored family members
  • Proof of your earnings
  • Copy of your employment contract or company contract
  • Legalised marriage certificate
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Copy of a recent utility bill

How long is a UAE Family Visa Valid?

A UAE dependent visa is issued for between one and two years. Additionally, the length of validity depends on the sponsor’s residency visa. This means that if a sponsor’s visa is cancelled, the family visa is no longer valid.

How to Apply for a UAE Dependent Visa?

To apply for a UAE family visa, the family member must come to the UAE on an entry permit. Then you can apply with the relevant documents at your local General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). You must apply within sixty days of receiving your UAE residency permit.

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