How to Sponsor Dependents in UAE? – Live, Work, Study & Settle in UAE with Family

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UAE is a perfect location to settle with your family. There are multiple options to settle down in UAE. The easiest one is forming a new company in Dubai or any other emirate of UAE.

There are more than 45 Free Trade Zones in UAE that offer customized and cost-effective packages for entrepreneurs to start their dream company.

Sponsor Dependents in UAE

Visa Sponsorship – Sponsoring Dependents in UAE

An employee in UAE other than domestic workers can sponsor their immediate family, wife, and children with a minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3000 plus accommodation.

Irrespective of the job functionality or position held, as far as the employee has a valid UAE residence visa, they can sponsor the dependents.

Female Sponsoring the Dependents in UAE

For female residents to sponsor their family there are few criteria to be followed. They must be holding a valid UAE Residence Visa and must be in any of the following professions – engineers, doctors, teachers, medical sector, or others (Special approval required).

Also, the female sponsor must have a monthly income of AED 10,000 or AED 8,000 + accommodation. For women in other categories must have a monthly salary of AED 10,000 and must get special approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).

Sponsoring Parents in UAE

To sponsor parents one must earn a minimum salary of AED 20,000 or a monthly pay of AED 19,000 plus a two-bedroom accommodation. Also, a medical insurance policy with minimum coverage is stipulated for each.

The visa issued is valid for one year and would be required to apply for renewal after the period. The sponsorship of parents is for both the parents and cannot bring only one parent under the sponsorship.

Sponsoring Single Parent

In the case of single-parent. the related official document as a justification to sponsor must be provided to the authority as required.

Sponsoring Single Parent

There are special approvals required from the GDRFA if the sponsor is a son or daughter-in-law of the parents. A Kinship certificate and other different documentation would be required accordingly.

Residence Visa for Children Sponsored by Parents

There are amendments made to the residence visas for 18-year-old sons sponsored by their parents (until the age of 21).

Under the new rule, the ex-pats can apply for a renewable one-year residence visa for their son. There is no deposit amount required for applying for the visa for the children. For a girl child, the parents can sponsor them until they get married.

Long Term Residence Visa Rules – Golden Visas

The 5-years and 10-years Golden visas have changed the residence status of UAE into a long-term destination for ex-pats. Also, with the retirement visas, UAE is becoming a family-friendly location for the ex-pat to work, live, study, and settle for the long term.

To know more read about Golden Visas in UAE – How to Apply and Eligibility Criteria  

Documents Required and Visa Fees

  • Passport copy (in color) valid for six month
  • Original Emirates ID
  • Dependent Passport copy and color photograph (white background recent picture)
  • House Rental Contract showing the minimum requirement for Sponsoring wife/children/parents accordingly
  • Electricity bill copy
  • Labour contract or salary certificate
  • Bank Statement for sponsoring parents
  • Mobile number, email id, and P.O Box (if any)
  • Birth certificate – (for a newborn), Marriage Certificate Attested and Legal Translate (Arabic) for Spouse Sponsorship

Sponsorship Visa Fee

  • File Opening – AED 280
  • Entry Permit – AED 530
  • Medical Fitness Test – AED 345
  • Emirates ID (2-Year Fee) – AED 270
  • Visa Stamping – AED 400 (Normal), AED 480 (Urgent)
  • Change status – AED 1,330 AED

**Actual Rates May Vary please contact us for precise rates

New Visa Rules and Effect on Property Market

With the expat-friendly residency rule amendments, it is anticipated that the property market will see a long-term revival.

New visa rule

More ex-pats will bring in their dependents and the residential apartments will have higher occupancy rates.

Also, it is expected to be a boost to the purchase of freehold properties in UAE by the middle and high-income ex-pat population who will be settling in AUE for a longer-term.

Company Formation and UAE Residence Visa

Company formation in UAE is a straightforward way towards obtaining a residence visa in UAE. The company owner will get an investor visa for 2 years from the mainland or free zones of UAE.

Setting up a company in UAE is easy with the Free Zones due to the quick and reliable business support and infrastructure facilities offered.

Also, the investor can benefit from umpteen business benefits and sponsor their family in UAE. UAE is the perfect location for expanding business internationally as it a hub for trade and commerce.

To know more about the latest Company Formation Packages from UAE Free Zones, talk to our expert Business Consultants right away!

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