Secure And Reliable Processing for Your Dubai Sponsorship Visa


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The phrase "visa sponsor" generally refers to someone who pays all the costs for those traveling abroad but does not have an income certificate. Many nations need information on UAE visa applicants or students who are not employed or covering their travel costs.

So, those paying the costs are referred to as sponsors. If you're considering traveling abroad but aren't a pensioner, farmer, or employee on a payroll, you'll need a sponsor.

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Eligibility For Dubai Sponsorship Visa

Employers and employees with valid residence visa can be the ones to sponsor family members for residence visas. In specific circumstances approved by the ICP, a mother may sponsor her kids.

After the family members' entry permit, the resident sponsor has 60 days to apply for their residence visa. Regardless of the sponsor's visa validity, a resident can sponsor his parents, and the residence visa will be issued every year.

Sponsoring Wife And Kids

Suppose an expatriate resident meets the sponsorship criteria listed above. In that case, he may sponsor wife and children. The expatriate resident must provide an attested marriage certificate in Arabic or one that has been properly translated into Arabic by a qualified translator to sponsor the wife.

Sponsoring Daughters

With no age limits, an expatriate resident can only sponsor his daughter(s) if she(they) is (are) unmarried.

Sponsoring Sons

Up until the age of 25, either a man or woman resident may sponsor his/her son(s). There are no age restrictions on sponsorship for Sons of Determination (kids with special needs).

Sponsoring Newborns

To avoid fines for infants born in the UAE, a residency visa must be requested within 120 days of the child's birth.

Subject to the GDRFA's requirements, which include a deposit for each child and a written no-objection certificate from the biological parent, a foreign resident may sponsor his stepchildren. Their visas for permanent residency are renewable annually and valid for up to two years.

Sponsoring Your Parents

By submitting a deposit as a guarantee for each parent, as required by the relevant immigration authority, an expatriate employee can sponsor his parents for a year's stay. An expatriate worker is not permitted to sponsor just one of his parents. He must jointly sponsor both parents. Also, he must prove that he is their sole support and that they have no one to look after them at home. Official documents supporting the need to sponsor only one parent are required if one of the parents has passed away or if the parents are divorced. The employed expatriate resident must obtain a medical insurance policy for parents with the minimum coverage required and earn the necessary salary required in order to sponsor parents.

Residence Visa For A Parent, Kid, and Spouse Who Are UAE Nationals

A foreign passport having a spouse, parent, or child of a UAE citizen may apply for a 5-year residency visa without first needing to find a job there. Here, the sponsor must be a national of the United Arab Emirates.

Without needing to find a job in the UAE, a foreign widow or divorcee who is the mother of a UAE national can get a residence visa. In this situation, the oldest child will act as the sponsor.

Requirements For Both The sponsor And The Sponsored

Foreign residents can sponsor their families to live in the UAE if they have a valid residency permit or visa.

  • The sponsor must earn a monthly salary requirement of 4,000 or 3,000 AED per month plus housing.
  • Male and female family members who are to be sponsored and are at least 18 years old must undergo a medical fitness test at a government-approved health center and pass them at UAE health facilities that have been approved.

The following documents are required to sponsor a wife and children:

  • Application forms, which can be completed online or at a registered typing office,
  • Passport copies for the wife and children,
  • Photos of the wife and children, and
  • Medical clearance certificate for the wife and children older than 18 years.
  • An attested marriage certificate,
  • A copy of the husband's employment contract or company contract and a salary certificate from the employer stating the husband's monthly salary.

Types of sponsorship visas

There are several residency visas that fall under the sponsorship visa. Here are the types of sponsorship visas:

UAE Resident Visa through Employment (UAE Employment Visa):

If a foreign national works there legally, they need a resident visa to live and work. The visa will be sponsored by the employer. The employer may be a UAE mainland corporation, a company from a free zone, or a UAE government agency.

UAE Investor Visa or Partner Visa:

Foreign nationals who own a firm, hold stock in an existing organization, or are ex-pats who want to start their own business in the UAE are eligible for a company investor visa. The firm investor visa is extendable for a further three years. In addition, the bearer of this visa can sponsor his or her family members' visas and live and work legally in the UAE.

UAE Resident Visa through Family Sponsorship:

A foreign individual who has successfully obtained a UAE resident visa may sponsor their family members for the same visa.

UAE Resident Visa for Domestic Workers in UAE:

A resident of the UAE or a national of the UAE may hire a domestic helper on their own behalf. Housemaids, babysitters, cooks, private drivers, housekeepers, and other domestic workers fall into this group. The domestic worker needs a resident visa to work lawfully in the UAE.

UAE Resident Visa for Students:

To enroll in a university, an international student who wants to study in the UAE must apply for a resident visa. The student visa is good for a year and can be extended each year for as long as the student is enrolled in the university's program.

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Application Process

The foreign employer or employee who is sponsoring the visa must first apply for an entry permit to enter the UAE before they can submit an application for a UAE family residence visa.

A form of a residence visa, the UAE family visa must be applied for on behalf of your family members once they have arrived in the country with an entry permit. The offices of the relevant emirate's General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) are where you may submit your family visa application.

Website for GDRFA:

  • Visit the webpage.
  • Open a new user account (in case there is no account)
  • Choose the necessary service.
  • Include the necessary documentation.
  • Pay the visa fees.
  • Send your application in.

Through AMER Service Center

  • Visit an AMER service center.
  • Tell the receptionist what service you need.
  • Hand over the necessary documents to the service representative
  • Pay the visa fees
  • Send your application in.

Processing Time And Fees

Each transaction will be charged a Commercial Bank of Dubai collection commission of AED 20.

In addition, the Emirates Company has introduced a collection commission of AED 50 for businesses and AED 15 for individuals. AED 100 will be added to the application cost if submitted through an AMER Center.

You’ll receive an email and an SMS message with the application's status if:

If there are any missing documents from the application, you’ll be advised that they must be attached within 30 days, after which the application will be canceled if they are not. You will be informed of the approval and get the approved application via email if there are no missing documents.

Sponsorship Obligations

If you are employed by a company in the UAE, that company will serve as your visa sponsor. In addition, you would be the sponsor for your wife's and children's UAE visas if you already have a visa, such as an investor visa or an employment visa. Therefore, you apply for visas for them under that visa.

  • In specific circumstances approved by the ICP, a mother may sponsor her kids.
  • After dependents enter the UAE with an entry permit, the resident sponsor has 60 days to apply for their UAE residence visa.
  • Regardless of the sponsor's visa validity, a resident can sponsor his parents, and the residence visa will be issued every year.
  • A residency visa will not be issued to those who are medically unfit.
  • Residents with quiet or inactive pulmonary tuberculosis are also considered medically fit and given a one-year "Health Fitness Certificate for Residence," subject to treatment and follow-up by the relevant health authority.

What Are The Documents Required To Process Your Sponsorship Visa?

  • Copy of the sponsor's passport
  • Sponsor's company contract if s/he works in the private sector (GCC citizen)
  • Sponsor's monthly salary certificate in case s/he works in a government entity or semi-government entity (GCC citizen)
  • Marriage contract attested by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs in case the husband wants to sponsor his wife.
  • Children's accredited birth certificate to sponsor by the parent
  • Attested tenancy contract
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Written By: Mable Chidi

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is A Visa Sponsorship?

The UAE family visa is a type of residency visa that must be applied for on behalf of your family members after they have already arrived in the United Arab Emirates with entry permission. The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) offices in the relevant emirate are where you can submit your family visa application.

How Much Does Visa Sponsorship Cost?
  • A collection commission of AED 20 is added per transaction by the Commercial Bank of Dubai.
  • A collection commission is added: AED 50 for companies and AED 15 for individuals / Emirates Company.

In case the application is submitted through AMER Centers, a fee of AED 100 will be added.

How Long Does A Sponsorship Visa Last?

The visa is valid for up to two years. However, the exact length of time depends on the sponsor's contract of employment and the nature of his or her position. For instance, sponsored relatives will likely receive the same amount of time as the sponsor if the visa is valid for three years.

What Are the Benefits Of Sponsorship?

You cannot work on a visit or a tourist visa if you want to work in the UAE; you must be sponsored by an employer. After you accept a job offer, your employer will apply for a residency visa on your behalf. At that point, the Ministry of Labour will issue you a work permit.

The visa is valid for up to two years, but the precise length depends on the sponsor's employment contract and the nature of his or her position.

When their visa expires or is canceled, they have 30 days to apply for a new resident visa.

In Case My Visa Application Is Rejected, Will The Visa Application Fees Be Refunded?

No, The visa application fee is non-refundable. So you won't be refunded any amount if your application gets rejected.

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