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What is a Dubai dependent visa?

A Dubai dependent visa allows foreigners to legally stays in Dubai, which allows spouse, children, and family members; certain restrictions apply depending upon the type of dependent visa types

Types of dependent visa:

Temporary visas

  • Student
  • Spouse
  • Company transfer

Permanent visas

  • Spouse
  • Children below the age of 18

How to apply for a family visa in Dubai

UAE residents, employers, or employees may sponsor their families to Dubai on the dependent residence visa

Sponsorship requirements:

  • If male residents who are working in the UAE can sponsor their family members, their minimum salary should be INR 78127.52 or INR 58595.64 plus accommodation
  • If female residents who are working in the UAE can sponsor their family members, their minimum salary should be INR 195318.81 or INR 156255.04 plus accommodation
  • If female sponsor’s monthly salary is more than INR195318.81, get special permission from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (DNRD)
  • A UAE resident sponsor has applied for their dependent residence visa after entering the 60 days; modify their entry permit visa to a resident visa
  • Family members are issue resident visa for up to three years depending upon the work and contract of the sponsoring visa holder and his capacity of an employer or employee
  • Sponsored residents except for adult males who are studying and sponsored parents can stay the same visa duration as their sponsors,
  • But a resident visa is an issue depending on a yearly basis regardless of sponsor visa duration period
  • The conditions may change from time to time. Check with General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA)

Documents for Visa Sponsorship

List of documents presented to DNRD when filing the application for a UAE residency visa:

  • Application Form
  • Salary certificate in Arabic
  • Marriage certificate Attested by MOFA- Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Tenancy contract
  • Latest DEWA bill
  • University Diploma of a sponsor (attested)
  • Photocopy of sponsor's passport
  • Photocopy of sponsor visa page
  • Photocopy of dependent passport
  • Passport photos of Sponsor
  • If visa canceled, a copy of the canceled visa page is already in the UAE and has the previous visa

Procedure for applying for a spouse visa:

  1. To Fill the application form, visit an Amer typing center to have an application form filled it
  2. Pay INR 6836.16
  3. Submission of documents and approval of DNRD office
  4. When all your documents are approved, then you have to pay the necessary fees INR 17871.67
  5. By paying a fee, you will receive a temporary residency permit, this residence permit is limited for a certain time;
  6. During this period the dependent needed to get medical clearance exam within 2 months

Note: this is different for every application, it depends upon the salary of the sponsor or the job of the sponsor.

Medical test

  • Apply at Amer typing center for Medical Exam
  • Medical tests for children is not required
  • Medical test application cost INR 8203.39
  • Submit the documents to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA)

Change of Application status

Everything good in after medical results, visit again Amer typing center to change the status of the present “temporary residence visa,” you need to have stamped on the passport as Permanent residence visa

Amount paid for this INR 10742.53

Emirates ID: visit any approved Emirates ID center for biometric scanning and fingerprint (for children not required), and pay fee INR 7226.80

Documents for visa stamping:

  • Original visa of wife and child
  • Original passport of wife and child
  • Original medical certificate of wife
  • Emirates ID stamped application for wife at the time of the fingerprint
  • One photograph of wife and child
  • Copy of sponsor's passport with visa page in color

Is Spouse allows sponsoring their family:

They meet some requirements as a sponsor, she can also sponsor or bring workers such as drivers, nannies, and house cleaners, some restrictions are applicable

  • For a new family residence visa or renewal, male and female dependents over the age of 18 years
  • Qualify the medical fitness tests at government-approved health centers
  • Female residents who are working in the UAE can sponsor their family members, their minimum salary should be INR 195318.81 or INR 156255.04 plus accommodation
  • If female sponsor’s monthly salary is more than INR195318.81, get special permission from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA)


Resident visa depends upon duration type of sponsor, a person who sponsored

  • It issued for 1,2 or 3 years, a visa is renewed subject to conditions of fresh visas
  • Dependents are allowed 30 day grace period from the date of expiry visa, if the employee did not renew a new residence permit of his dependents, the dependent would be illegal residents and them liable to pay a fine

Sponsoring parents:

A long-term employee can sponsor his parents for years, by paying a deposit as a guarantee for each parent as limited period by the respective department

  • A long-term employee cannot sponsor only one of his parents, he needs to sponsor both parents together
  • If one of his parents has died or divorced, he has to be submit related official documents
  • To sponsor his parents, the long-term employed resident must earn the minimum salary and require a medical insurance policy for his parents, with a minimum coverage of each, renewed each year

According to the website of the Dubai government, the minimum salary is INR 390637.61 or a monthly payment of INR 371105.73 plus accommodation

To sponsor your wife and children- you can sponsor residence visa for your wife, you meet basic sponsorship requirements set by the GDRFA

  • To sponsor your wife, you need to submit a marriage certificate duly translated into Arabic by a certified translator
  • To sponsor your daughter’s only if she unmarried, In case of son’s, he can be sponsored only below age 18years
  • Beyond the age of 18 years, he can be sponsored only if he continues his studies in the UAE, by providing the required documents
  • The residence visa will be granted on a year-wise basis, he will be renewed until he completes his education
  • As per new rules parents do not have to place any bank deposits information, the visa would be INR 1953.19 for the first time, and renewal
  • For stepchildren, a long-term resident can also sponsor, will have to pay a deposit for each child, and written no-objection certificate from the biological parent,
  • These type residence visas are also valid for a year, renewable yearly

Documents :

  • Online application or through the registered typing office
  • Passport copies of spouse and children with at least six months validity
  • Photos of both spouse and children
  • Medical clearance certificate for wife and children over the age of 18
  • Copies of husband employment contract or company contract
  • Salary certificates from employer
  • Marriage certificate for a wife
  • Birth certificate for children
  • For daughters over 18 years of age, a written statement testifying they were unmarried
  • Tenancy contract
  • Latest utility bill
  • Requisite fee each application

Can spouse work on a dependent visa in UAE?

A spouse can also work in Dubai on husband’s visa, a married spouse can sponsor together for a residence visa in the UAE

  • A wife should get a temporary work permit visa from the ministry to avoid legal action
  • If you're caught working without a work permit, the fine can go up to INR 976594.03
  • The worker might be chances for jailed

Is there any age limit for Dubai dependent visa

The minimum age is necessary if you are entering UAE with family members, this visa permits sponsoring of parents, spouse, and children below 18 years of age

Is IELTS required for a UAE dependent visa

IELTS are not mandatory for Dubai dependent visa if you want to study in the UAE; you only need a Student Visa,

  • For full-time students can be sponsored by their educational institution if the institution is eligible
  • Normally student visas are valid only one year, you can be renewed each year


  • Passport with at least 6 months validity
  • Passport copies
  • Photographs
  • Entry visa to the UAE
  • Proof of acceptance to a UAE tertiary institute
  • Bank statements for proof of enough funds in the UAE
  • Tenancy agreements
  • Tuition fee receipt
  • Visa fee receipt
  • Postgraduate students will need UG degree attested

Processing time:

  • If you have submitted correct documents, processing will be 2-3 weeks
  • For express entry visas 1-3 weeks
  • For cancellation of visa 1-3 weeks, for express-1-2 weeks

What is Schengen?

Schengen refers to the EU passport-free zone, it covers the largest fee travel area in the world, and it covers most of the European countries

UAE listed in top 15 countries, the residents of which filed most visa applications at one of the Schengen embassies, for a visa to Europe 2017

Who can Eligible for a Schengen visa in UAE?

The person who can apply to get a Schengen visa in the UAE should belong to these categories:

  • UAE passport holders that have been rejected visa-free entry to the Schengen area previously
  • Foreigners who live in the UAE on permanent or temporary residence permit
  • Which country has an agreement on visa-free regime with Schengen, but have been rejected visa-free entry to Europe
  • The countries that do not have a visa-free regime with the Schengen countries