It is almost impossible to not fall for countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, offering higher wages, lower taxes, better jobs, safer environments, and a higher standard of living and educational opportunities. No wonder, a swarm of people the world over relocates to Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the UAE, which is today home to about 90% expatriates from approx. 200 nationalities worldwide. However, migrating to another country requires a lot of effort and money. And the UAE is no exception. Dubai is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and it comes as no surprise that a large number of individuals first obtain their residency in the UAE and then sponsor their family members or other dependents, including spouses and children. For any information regarding husband visa Dubai, you may check out our recently published blog here and for expat family sponsorship visa in Dubai here. If you are one of those looking to sponsor your child, this blog is just for you. Ahead, Adam Global family visa experts in Dubai have answered all the FAQs that usually pop up in the head of parents while they are sponsoring their child’s visa in Dubai.
Things to know before sponsoring a child visa Dubai, UAE
- A dependent child is an individual who is not yet 18 and married and needs sponsorship from any of his/her parents to become a UAE resident. However, the UAE government has recently announced that parents can sponsor their child/ren up to the age of 25 instead of 18 years
- If a child is a university or college student, they cannot be sponsored by parents for UAE residency unless they hold a valid certificate that proves they are below 25 (earlier 18) and unmarried
- A child doesn’t need to clear a medical fitness examination to get the UAE residency, which is mandatory for adults
- Unlike earlier, individuals on an employment visa can sponsor their child regardless of their job titles, provided their monthly salary is at least AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation
- A UAE resident mother is allowed to sponsor her child/ren in special cases approved by the ICP
- Stepchildren can also be sponsored by an expatriate parent for the UAE residency (subject to GDRFA’s conditions), provided the sponsor is able to deposit the specified warranty amount for each child and present a written no-objection certificate from the biological parent. Their residence visas bear one-year renewable validity
- The type of profession is no longer a prerequisite for an expatriate to sponsor family visas
- A no-objection letter from the husband is the mandatory requirement for a wife sponsoring a child visa in Dubai
- The mother of the child who is a nurse or teacher is exempted from salary conditions
- In a regular scenario, fathers are considered the head of the family in the UAE, and only they can sponsor their child visa in the UAE, however, a mother also can sponsor the child in certain cases
- The sponsor parent must have accommodation in the UAE under the tenancy contract to prove that she can give her child a decent life
- If the sponsor is a woman who sponsors her full family, her salary should not be less than AED 10,000
- The duration of the child visa Dubai will be equivalent to the visa of the sponsor parent
- You get 60 days to apply for your child visa in the UAE after they arrive in the country under an entry permit
- The child’s residence visa, like other residency visas in the UAE, might not go through the visa stamping process according to the latest law
- A child under 14 years doesn’t need to provide their fingerprints at EIDA Center for Emirates ID issuance
What are the requirements for sponsoring a Child Visa in Dubai?
The sponsor parent must meet the following eligibility criteria to be able to sponsor the child visa Dubai.
If the sponsor of the child is a married mother living with her husband (sponsored by her), a single mother or a divorced mother
- Valid UAE employment contract
- Monthly salary must be at least AED 3,000+Accommodation or AED 4,000. However, a salary of AED 5,000 monthly makes the process of opening a corporate account in most UAE banks a lot easier which is one of the prerequisites of entering into a long-term residential tenancy contract
- Child’s birth certificate, attested by the UAE embassy in the home country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in the UAE
- The marriage certificate of the sponsor, duly attested
- Husband’s NOC (No Objection Certificate) translated into Arabic if not already in Arabic, duly attested, in case the sponsor is a single or divorced mother
- Divorced mothers are required to present child’s custody verdict of a court or legal papers (duly attested and translated into Arabic at the time of submission) proving that they have child custody
- Husband’s employment contract if he is working in the UAE, in case the sponsor is a married mother living with her spouse
- The sponsor mother must have a tenancy agreement in her name registered under EJARI system of RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Authority)
- Mother’s university degree, duly attested in the home country and the UAE (mothers who are doctors, nurses, engineers and teachers are exempted from this requirement)
- Mother’s UAE bank statements for the last 3 months (doctors, nurses, engineers and teachers are again exempted from this requirement)
- A security deposit of AED 2,500 per child to be sponsored (in specific cases), which is refundable after the visa cancellation
Disclaimer: The conditions are subject to change from time to time. It is highly advised to check with GDRFA or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship for the latest information.
If the sponsor of the child is a married or divorced father
Except for a few, the requirements are the same for a father of the child as those for a mother. Let’s quickly look below, what are the sponsorship requirements for married fathers or single/divorced fathers:
- A genuine employment contract from his company in the UAE
- He must meet the criteria for minimum salary to sponsor the child visa Dubai i.e., AED 4k or AED 3k plus accommodation
- Child’s birth certificate, attested by the UAE embassy abroad and MOFA in the UAE
- His marriage certificate, duly attested
- Divorced fathers are required to present child’s legal custody papers (duly attested and translated into Arabic at the time of submission)
- A tenancy contract attested via EJARI system of RERA
- His university degree, duly attested in both the home country and host country
- His UAE bank statements for the last 3 months
- A refundable security deposit of AED 2,500 for each child (if applicable)
What are the mandatory documents for child sponsorship UAE?
Here’s the list of documents required to sponsor a child visa UAE:
- Sponsor’s Emirates ID (Original)
- Scanned colour copy of Passport and Residence Visa page of the sponsor (at least minimum 6 months validity)
- Labor Contract, issued by MOHRE (if the sponsor works in Private Sector)
- Sponsor’s Salary Slip or Certificate (applicable for Government/Semi-government/Freezone Employees) (if the sponsor works in a free zone or government sector)
- Copy of the Company’s Trade Licence (if the sponsor is a Partner/ Investor visa holder)
- Photocopies of Registered Tenancy Contract / EJARI or Title Deed or proof of property ownership, whichever is applicable
- Recent Electricity Bill (DEWA) (only if the sponsor owns the house)
- Colour scanned passport copies of the child (valid for 6 months at least)
- Child’s Birth Certificate (duly attested and translated in Arabic)
- One latest passport-size photo of the child against a white background and in line with the UAE visa standards
- Emirates ID Application Form (at the time of visa stamping/renewal)
- Health Insurance Card or Certificate (at the time of visa stamping/renewal, optional though)
- Sponsor’s Bank Account IBAN Number
What is the cost of a UAE child visa?
Whether mother or father, the sponsor of the child will have to pay the applicable fees and charges for the Arabic translation of documents, entry permit issuance (or change status), visa stamping and Emirates ID. Depending on the current location of the applicant and several other factors, the overall cost of a child visa UAE ranges between AED 3,000 – AED 3,500 excluding the service provider’s fee, health insurance and document attestation expenses. Take a look below at the primary cost components involved in a child’s residence visa fees:
- Family Personal File Opening: AED 255
- Entry Permit: AED 1,170 (if the child is inside the UAE) & AED 492 (if the child is outside the country)
- In-country Change of Status: AED 690
- Visa Processing (2-Year): AED 350
- Health Insurance: Depends on the policy coverage
- Warranty Deposit (if applicable): AED 2,500 per child
The fees and charges slightly vary from service provider to service provider.
What is the process to sponsor a child visa UAE?
The process of obtaining a child visa UAE is pretty straightforward and swift, whether they are inside or outside the UAE. You may apply for your child visa Dubai either through a licenced typing center such as Amer or online all by yourself. We suggest you work with one of the most experienced visa service providers in Dubai, UAE such as Adam Global to get the child visa with the utmost convenience. No matter what option you choose for the child visa Dubai application, you should be well acquainted with the process through and through so that you are ready with all the requirements and documents beforehand. Here’s the step-by-step guide to child visa sponsorship in Dubai through a registered visa service agent, UAE to make you familiar with the process:
- Visit your service provider with all the relevant documents
- They will then apply for the entry permit if the child is outside the UAE or visa change status if the child is inside the country on a tourist visa
- After the issuance of the entry permit or change status is done, they will submit the visa application of the child
- Once the child’s visa is approved, the agent will submit the application for the child’s Emirates ID on your behalf
- You will be notified through SMS and a call once the Emirates ID is ready to be delivered or collected. You may choose to either collect the ID by yourself or pay the courier charges for the doorstep delivery
What is the child visa renewal process in Dubai?
The type of sponsor and the person sponsored decides the validity of the child’s visa. The validity of the child’s visa in the UAE can be one, two, or three years. The renewal of the child visa UAE is subject to conditions similar to those of fresh visas. The child’s UAE residence permit is linked to his/her sponsor’s residence permit. Therefore, if the sponsor’s UAE residence visa is canceled, the dependent or child’s visa also must be canceled. Dependents receive a 30-day grace period from the date of expiry or cancellation of their visa to acquire a new residence permit. If the sponsor fails to renew or cancel the visa of his child within the grace period, the child would be deemed an illegal resident and could be liable to pay a fine. The child visa renewal Dubai process remains the same as the process of fresh visa issuance, and the sponsor is required to produce the same documents. The child visa renewal Dubai fees and requirements also remain the same.
Who can help me get the child visa in Dubai swiftly and effortlessly?
Sponsoring a child in the UAE requires you to jump through hoops and can be a daunting and time-consuming process, particularly if you don’t have all the required documents. However, if you work with the right visa service provider in the UAE, it can be a whole lot easier. Serving the industry for more than two decades, we are a one-stop solution for all your visa needs in the UAE, from the issuance of a fresh Dubai golden visa to a UAE family visa including a Dubai spouse visa and Dubai child visa to a nanny/maid visa Dubai to any UAE residence visa renewal. Click here to book your free consultancy with one of our visa experts in Dubai and share your requirements.