How To Sponsor My Son Above 18 In UAE ?

If you are a citizen of United Arab Emirates than you might want to sponsor your child for a work visa to work in UAE. It is important to get the correct visa sponsorship and the requisite work permit for the same. It will help you to ensure that you don’t get into trouble or run afoul of any of the local laws.

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How To Sponsor My Son Above 18 In UAE

How to sponsor your family in the UAE – A complete guide

The UAE population, especially its workforce, consists of a majority of expatriates. We have prepared this guide on sponsoring family members in the UAE, to help you understand the rules and procedures of obtaining residency for your dependents. The latest regulations make the UAE family sponsorship process easy, provided that the sponsors fall under a specified income bracket. Here is everything you need to know about sponsoring your family in the UAE.

REQUIREMENTS FOR SPONSORING FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE UAE

Family obtaining UAE entry visa
Sponsored families get an entry permit (tasheera) upon entering the UAE

ELIGIBILITY

Any expatriate can sponsor his or her family, as long as they have a valid residency permit. Last year, the UAE government updated family visa rules and as of March 2019, one can sponsor their spouse, parents or children as long as they meet the requirement of a minimum salary for sponsoring their family in UAE.

The minimum salary for sponsoring your family in Dubai/UAE is AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation for male sponsors. So, there is no longer any restriction on the type of profession one has, as long as they match this earning limit. To know more about the new rules for wives sponsoring husbands in the UAE, take a look at our detailed post on UAE work permits for husbands on wives sponsorship.

While there are other conditions that will also be taken into account, the main eligibility criteria for obtaining a family sponsorship visa UAE is related to whether you can take care of the sponsored person’s needs.

DURATION OF SPONSORSHIP AND TIME LIMIT

When you are sponsoring your relatives, you have a 60 day-window to apply for their residence visa in the UAE after they arrive in the country.

Upon arrival, they are provided with an entry permit. The sponsor has two months to convert this permit to a valid residence visa. 

In emirates other than Dubai, the entry permit is known as ‘tasheera’. You can obtain this online, but there are several details involved. You can start the process by visiting a typing centre to fill the document for AED 50. 

The validity of the visa is for up to two years, but the exact duration depends on both the nature of the job of the sponsor as well as his or her labour contract.

For instance, if the sponsor’s visa is for three years, the sponsored relatives are likely to get the same duration. This excludes parents and adult sons, who get a residence visa in the UAE for one year. Likewise, if the sponsor’s visa is cancelled for any reason, the dependents’ visas will be cancelled as well. 

When the dependent’s visa expires or gets cancelled, s/he has 30 days to obtain a new one. If they fail to do this, they will become illegal residents and may also have to pay an overstay fine. 

MEDICAL FITNESS

The UAE government grants and renews residence visas in the UAE for individuals 18 and above only after taking a medical fitness test at a government-approved health centre. This involves a blood test and an X-ray. Dependents may also be tested for other health conditions.

If a person is declared medically unfit, they will not be given a visa.

Medical test for UAE visa
Medical tests are an essential part of the family visa procedure in UAE

UAE FAMILY VISA: DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

When sponsoring a family in Dubai or the other emirates, you have to submit the following documents with the application:

  • Salary slip or certificate from the employer
  • Registered tenancy contract
  • Latest utility bill
  • Marriage certificate (attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country and in the UAE)
  • Attested birth certificates of children
  • Passport copies of those being sponsored (passports should be valid for at least six months)
  • Photos of those being sponsored (passport size against a white background)
  • Medical clearance certificates
  • Copy of employment contract/company contract

SPONSORING FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE UAE

HOW TO SPONSOR SPOUSES

To sponsor wives, residents have to show proof of the relationship through a marriage certificate (in Arabic). 

As mentioned earlier, wives can also sponsor husbands in the UAE. In fact, sponsored husbands are now eligible for work permits as well. However, there are certain requirements.

In Abu Dhabi, the sponsor has to be a teacher, engineer or work in the medical sector and earn a minimum of AED 10,000 or AED 8,000 plus accommodation. 

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There are no occupational limitations for sponsoring a family in Dubai, as long as the sponsoring wife earns more than AED 10,000. However, she will have to take special permission from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA). 

HOW TO SPONSOR CHILDREN

When it comes to obtaining the UAE residence visa for a child, the requirements are slightly different for sons, daughters and stepchildren. For instance, one can only sponsor daughters if they are unmarried.

For sons, the age limit for sponsorship is 18 years, unless the son is studying in the UAE or abroad. In this case, residents can sponsor their sons up to the age of 21. This can be done only after submitting proof of education (attested certificates from universities and schools). This is because the residency visa for sons is valid for a year and continues to renew until they complete their education. So they have to visit the UAE (if they are studying elsewhere) at least once every six months for their residency visa to remain valid. 

Expats can also sponsor stepchildren under the conditions laid out by GDRFA. These include paying a deposit for each child as well as obtaining a no-objection certificate from the biological parent. For stepchildren, the government grants residence visas valid for one year, which are renewable annually. 

Note that single women can also sponsor their children in the UAE.  A single mother sponsoring a child in UAE also has to provide a no-objection certificate from the father, along with other necessary documents listed below.

SPONSORING PARENTS IN THE UAE

There is also a minimum salary requirement for sponsoring parents in the UAE. In Dubai, it is AED 20,000 or AED 19,000 plus two-bedroom accommodation. Moreover, the sponsor has to also obtain a medical insurance policy for the parents.

In case you want to sponsor your parents for a year’s stay, you will also have to pay a deposit for each parent. 

As per the GDRFA, you have to sponsor both parents together, except in case of death or divorce, for which you need to give documentary evidence. Furthermore, you can only sponsor parents if it can be proved that you are their sole support. 

FAMILY VISA UAE: COST

SERVICE TYPECOST (PER PERSON)
Sponsor Registration FileAED 268.90
Tasheera (Wife/Children Outside the UAE)AED 488.90
Tasheera (Wife/Children Inside the UAE)AED 1,138.9
Tasheera (Parents Inside the UAE)AED 488.90
Normal Medical TestAED 322.50
Emirates ID (1 Year)AED 250
Emirates ID (2 Year)AED 350
Emirates ID (3 Year)AED 450
Transfer Of New Residence to a PassportAED 259.9
UAE passport
For urgent passport stamping, the sponsor has to personally visit the Immigration service. 

FAQS

CAN SPONSORS APPLY FOR EMIRATES ID FOR FAMILY MEMBERS?

Expat residents can easily apply for their dependents’ Emirates ID online through the FAIC website or Smart App. You need to submit your valid Emirates ID as well as passport-size photos of applicants. 

WHO CAN SPONSOR FAMILY IN THE UAE?

Employers as well as employees who have a valid UAE residence can sponsor their families, given that their minimum salary is AED 4k or AED 3k plus accommodation.

HOW TO SPONSOR FAMILY IN THE UAE?

To sponsor your family in the UAE, you must:

  • Have a valid residence visa
  • Meet the criteria for minimum salary to sponsor a family in Dubai/UAE (AED 4k or AED 3k plus accommodation)
  • Pass a fitness test at a government-approved health centre
  • Submit essential documents
  • Pay the visa fees

CAN A DUBAI FREELANCER SPONSOR FAMILY IN THE UAE?

Yes, a freelance visa in Dubai allows the holder to sponsor his/her family in the country. However, this would be considered a family visa and expire after two years.

This concludes our guide on sponsoring family members in the UAE. By now you will have a fairly comprehensive understanding of the family visa procedure in the UAE. Like fathers, mothers can also sponsor their children in the UAE. However, there is a certain eligibility criteria for mothers sponsoring their kids to Dubai.

We have also compiled a list of Amer Centres in Dubai where you can complete the visa applications smoothly. You can also find a list of medical centres for visas in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on the blog as well.

Do note that immigrations rules in the UAE are subject to change. Subscribe to MyBayut to keep yourself updated on all things UAE.

Sponsoring sons

A resident can sponsor his son/s only up to the age of 18. If after the age of 18, the son is studying in the UAE or abroad, he can be sponsored until the age of 21 on providing the proof that he is studying. However, for his residence visa to stay valid, he has to enter the UAE at least once every six months. The residence visa is granted on a yearly basis, renewable until the person finishes his education.

Note: New rules for children’s visa sponsored by parents

Starting from 21 October 2018, students who graduate from their universities or secondary schools or complete 18 years of age will be granted a one-year residence visa, renewable for another year from the graduation date or on completing 18 years.

For this type of visa, parents are not required to place bank deposits. The visa will cost AED100 for first time issuing and renewal.

To avail this service, parents must present duly attested graduation certificates from universities or schools, whether inside the country or abroad.

Requirements:

  • Proof that he studying – Supporting documents that include attaching the certificate of general secondary education or graduation certificate or the information from the university where the son studied, whether inside or outside the UAE, duly certified by his college/university. attested from (KHDA).
  • Course continuation certificate from the college he studies + If the son studies out of UAE, Course continuation certificate should be attested by UAE Embassy in that country and Foreign Affairs in UAE.

List of Mandatory Documents:

  1. Sponsor Emirates ID (Original).
  2. Sponsor passport & residence visa page (at least minimum 6 months validity).
  3. Partner/ Investor visa holder should attach Company/Personal Statements for the last six months, Trade License Copy list, MOA
  4. Valid Salary Certificate, if the sponsor is a Government/Semi-government/Free zone Employee.
  5. Valid Labor Contract (issued by MOHRE), if the sponsor work in Private Sector.
  6. Registered Tenancy contract / Ejari or Title Deed photocopy.
  7. Recent Electricity Bill if house owned by a sponsor (Not rented).
  8. Passport copies (Colour) of son/s and one photo with white background. Passport validity should minimum 6 months.
  9. Certificate from University attested from (KHDA).
  10. Emirates ID Application Form at the time of visa stamping/renewal
  11. Medical Test Report – at the time of visa stamping/renewal
  12. Health Insurance Card or Certificate – at the time of visa stamping/renewal.
  13. Sponsor Account IBAN Number.

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