Sponsoring Your Family in the UAE

After moving to and settling in the UAE, it’s quite common to see people wanting to bring their families over to join them. The process can be tricky because of all the different permutations, and the different documents you need to submit based on who you are and which family members you’re looking to join you. Here we layout the various documents that need to be submitted along with the residency sponsorship application for your family, to give you the best idea of what to do in your circumstance.


By Ashraf Vachhiat

April 21, 2022

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There are 3 main scenarios to be aware of when sponsoring family in UAE, and the documents needed will vary with each scenario. 

A Husband Sponsoring his Wife & Children

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If a man that wants to sponsor his wife and children for residency in the UAE (assuming that his visa & residency have been fully processed), he will have to submit the following documents: 

A Woman Sponsoring her Family

While uncommon, it is not unheard of for a woman to sponsor both her husband & children for residency in the UAE. There are similar conditions that need to be met for the woman to be able to sponsor her husband & children: 

Sponsoring Parents or Parents in Law

Besides spouses and children, many expats often leave their parents in their home countries & eventually hope to be able to bring them over to the UAE. 

As with sponsoring a spouse and children, there are conditions and certain documents that need to be met & provided for sponsorship of your parents or parents in law.  

The requirements are:

While further clarification is yet to be issued, the UAE government is taking steps to ensure that all expats have increased family stability and a more positive work-life balance, as well as reaffirming the UAE as the prime destination for global talent. 

Get in touch with us here to have the necessary documents attested and/or translated to help ensure that the process for sponsoring your family goes as smoothly & as quickly as possible. You can also give us a call on +971 (0)4 871 6718. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Ashraf Vachhiat

Ashraf Vachhiat

Ashraf is the Marketing Technologist for the Vital group, and has worked at the company for over 7 years. As well as working on all the technical complexities that make this blog come to life, he has built an intricate knowledge of the processes required for relocating to the UAE.

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