Applying for a Family Residence Visa in UAE: Easy Guide

How to Apply for a UAE Family Residence Visa

Moving to the UAE can be an exciting experience, whether you’re there for a new job or to start a business. Once you’re settled with your residence permit, you might want to bring your family over. Here’s an easy guide to help you understand the process of applying for a family residence visa in the UAE.

Basic Requirement

Before you start, ensure you have a valid residence visa. This could be either sponsored by your employer or a self-sponsored one. Remember, as the sponsor, you’re responsible for the visa costs. Act swiftly, as you have a 60-day window to apply for your dependents’ visas after they enter the UAE.

Income Requirement

To sponsor your spouse and children, your salary should be at least AED4,000, or AED3,000 with accommodation. Sponsoring other relatives like parents or siblings has different requirements, so check with your local immigration department.

Visa Fees

Here’s a breakdown of the fees:

  • Entry Permit: AED 550
  • File Opening: AED 300
  • Emirates ID (2 years): AED 385
  • Medical Test: AED 320
  • Visa Stamping: AED 580
  • Additional Charge for In-UAE Family: AED 750

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Document Preparation
    • Fill out the application form online or at a registered typing office.
    • Gather passport copies and photos of your spouse and children.
    • Include your employment or company contract, a salary certificate, an attested marriage certificate (in Arabic), and your tenancy contract.
  2. Application Submission
    • Visit an Amer centre in Dubai or a typing centre elsewhere in the UAE with all documents. Alternatively, apply online through the ICP website, GDRFA-D website, ‘DubaiNow’ app, or ‘ICP UAE’ app.
  3. Medical Fitness Test
    • Family members over 18 must pass a medical test. Choose a convenient test centre location and submit the application form received at the centre.
  4. Emirates ID Collection
    • Collect the Emirates ID from a local post office or opt for courier delivery. Decide this during your visa application.

Conclusion

While the process might seem complex at first, following these steps can simplify it. Remember to keep all documents ready and follow the guidelines of your specific emirate. Once everything is in place, you and your family can start enjoying life together in the UAE!

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About M. AMEEN

Mohammed Ameen is a passionate blogger, writing since 2012 about expat life in the Middle East. His posts offer practical tips, guides, and keen observations to help fellow expats navigate life in the Middle East.