Obtaining a visa for Family is a two-step process:
1. Obtaining an entry permit for the sponsored from General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs – Abu Dhabi (GDRFA).
2. Obtaining a non-employment residency permit to live in UAE.
Expatriates, who hold valid employee or investor visa in UAE, can sponsor the following family members:
- Sons, who are under 18 years old.
- Unmarried daughters.
- Parents. / Parents in law (get more Info)
The sponsor should be the only breadwinner for his parents. Individuals falling under the category of domestic help or laborers cannot sponsor their parents.
To sponsor male children, who are above the age of 18 years, the sponsor should obtain a certificate of study continuation from one of the universities recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. In the case of sponsoring daughters, who are above 18 years of age, the sponsor needs to submit a written undertaking that the sponsored daughter is unmarried.
Individuals working in private and public sector should have a monthly salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation in order to sponsor their family. This pre-requisite does not apply to teachers, Imams, bus drivers of schools, universities, and other educational institutions.
If the expatriate is a new resident in UAE, he/she shall first get his own employment residency visa before sponsoring his family.
- Original marriage certificate, duly attested for the spouse. Additionally, non-Arab expatriates need to submit the original marriage contract duly attested and translated by a legal translator along with the application. In the case of sponsoring a second wife, a financial guarantee of AED 5,000 for the second wife has to be provided.
- Attested birth certificate for children.
Adding Newly-born to Residency:
Expatriates can also add their newborn children into the residency. If the child was born in UAE, a birth certificate should be submitted along with the application, which should be processed within 120 days from the date of birth.
Applying for Non-Employment Residency:
The entry permit entitles the holder to enter the country within a period of 60 days from the date of issue. The entry permit can either be sent to the sponsored person or can be submitted to the airport visa counter for the family to collect upon arrival.
Once the person has arrived in the country, the sponsor has 30 days to apply for a non-employment residency visa from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
The procedures start with obtaining a medical fitness certificate after undergoing the mandatory health check-up for spouse and children aged over 18 years.
With the exception of children of Emirati women, it is also mandatory to submit a health insurance card or subscription receipt along with other documents to obtain a residency.
Residency visas must be renewed upon expiry, it is also duly noted that staying outside the UAE for more than 6 months consecutively will result in the cancellation of the residency.