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
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
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:
Original passport & Emirates ID
Original labour contract
Salary certificate (for employees of free zones, semi government & government companies)
3 month bank statement
Bank information, including IBAN
Ejari certificate (with sponsor’s name on rental contract)
One passport photo (with a white background) of each dependent
Colour passport copy of each dependent
Fully attested marriage certificate (must be in Arabic or English)
Fully attested birth certificate(s) (must be in Arabic or English)
For daughters over 18, a letter signed by her father stating that she is unmarried
For sons over 18; they can only be sponsored until 21 provided they can prove they are in full time study
To sponsor any step children, your spouse must get a notarized & attested NOC from the other parent stating that they have no issues with their child living with your husband/wife under their sponsorship
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:
In addition to the above listed documents, you will need a fully attested educational certificate.
For women working in the fields of Engineering, Medicine or Education, the income requirements are the same as for men.
For women not working in these specific fields, their income per month must be at least DHS 10,000 (without accommodation) or DHS 9,000 (with accommodation). A special application must be made to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) as these applications are decided on a case by case basis.
While women under their husbands/father’s sponsorship can work under that visa (an NOC from the sponsor must be provided), men cannot work under the sponsorship of their wives/mothers. They must obtain an employment visa under the sponsorship of their employer.
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:
A minimum monthly income of DHS 20,000 or DHS 19,000
Original labour contract
One passport photo of each parent
Attested proof of your relationship (i.e. birth certificate)
A 2-bedroom accommodation
Both parents must be sponsored together;
If your parents are divorced, then an attested divorce certificate must be provided
If one of your parents is deceased, then an attested death certificate must be provided
Proof that you are the sole provider for your parents/parents in law
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 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.