UAE has been a migrant-friendly nation with over 80% of its population being expatriates. The UAE Residence Visa (Dependent Visa) allows spouses and kids of such expatriates in Dubai or any one of the Emirates to join their family member who is living and working in Dubai.
The Dubai Dependent Visa allows you to travel and stay with your family member who is living and working in Dubai. Read on to know more.
The type of UAE Residence Visa depends on the nature of the relationship between the dependent and the sponsor in Dubai. The UAE Residence Visa is granted to family members of expatriates in Dubai.
The following are the types of UAE Residence Visas based on the relationship between the sponsor and the dependent.
The following are the types of Residence Visas in the UAE:
The dependent family members of any individual who is living and working in Dubai can apply for a UAE Residence Visa.
They can be:
Any expatriate with a Residence Permit and work permit in UAE can also sponsor domestic help such as maid, driver, nanny, etc.
The family members who wish to apply for the UAE Residence Visa must follow with specific conditions laid down by the UAE Immigration Department.
Please note that each visa category has different rules, terms & conditions for the UAE Residence Visa application in Dubai.
A welcome change was made by the UAE Government in March 2019 when they changed the basic condition for the sponsor from “profession” to “financial status”.
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Note: All visa applicants above 18 years of age must undergo medical tests, namely, HIV and pulmonary Tuberculosis.
Some basic documents necessary for a UAE Residence Visa application are :
Here are some general guidelines for photographs required in a UAE Residence Visa application:
Note: Religious head-covers are allowed, provided they do not cover your face.
Before applying for a UAE Residence Visa, an applicant has to apply for another visa, which is, the Entry Permit Visa.
Applying for an Entry permit visa is the first step towards your UAE Residence Visa application.
Once you obtain the Entry Permit Visa you become eligible to travel to Dubai.
Here are the different types of Entry Permit:
Once you have performed steps 1, 2, 3 & 4 above, you can proceed towards your UAE Residence Visa application.
The validity of your Residence Permit depends on the validity of your sponsor’s visa.
If the expatriate sponsor in Dubai fails to renew the defendant's Residence Permit in time, they would be considered as illegal residents and would be liable to pay a fine.
The age criteria only applies to a dependent son.
If the son is above 18 years of age he can still be sponsored as a dependent until 21 years of age only if he is studying, either in UAE or abroad.
Yes, they can. But, the spouse would need to apply for a work permit to be eligible for employment because only a Residence Visa itself doesn’t qualify as a work permit. Also, a wife would need to submit a no-objection certificate from her husband to be eligible for a work permit.
IELTS is not compulsory for a Residence Visa in Dubai. However, it is always beneficial to take an IELTS test as it is mandatory for those dependents who wish to work or study in Dubai.