Q1: Why do I need a family visa?
A: A family visa is required if you are entering the UAE with family members. This visa allows you to sponsor your parents, spouse, and children under the age of 18. If you are employed in the UAE you will most likely be able to provide visas for your dependants (refer to Q3).
Q2: How can I get a family visa in the UAE?
A: As mentioned above, we will collect your:
- Passport copy with a valid visa page (colored)
- Dependants’/family members’ passport copies (colored)
- Dependants’ photographs (with white backgrounds)
- Original & attested marriage certificate
- Original & attested birth certificates
Q3: What is the minimum salary for a family visa in the UAE?
Male UAE residents, who are employed, can sponsor family members such as their wife and children (AKA immediate family members) if their salary is at least AED 3,000-4,000 + they have accommodation in the UAE.
Q4: What are the new rules for family visas in Dubai?
A: The mandate allows foreign residents of any gender to sponsor family members, such as the spouse, children aged under 18, as well as unmarried daughters to stay in the UAE, as long as the family income (wife’s or husband’s) is at least AED 3,000-4,000 and accommodation is available.
Q5: What are the documents required for family visas in Abu Dhabi?
A: The documents required are the same as mentioned above: family members’ colored passport copies, passport-sized photographs of all sponsored family members with white backgrounds, the sponsor’s original passport, and the sponsor’s original Emirates ID.
Q6: Can we hold family visas in the UAE?
A: If approved by the relevant authorities, family visas can be held without cancelation, while the sponsor changes his/her visa to another employer. If you are outside of the UAE, you cannot hold a family visa (e.g. if the members are on a vacation)
Q7: How can I sponsor my family in the UAE?
A: As mentioned above, you require official employment in the UAE. If you meet the requirements, you can sponsor your family. Wives can sponsor their husbands, however, they will be subject to additional requirements by the relevant authorities.
Q8: Can I sponsor my sister in the UAE?
A: Your sister is classed as a first degree relative, first-degree relatives are your parents, siblings, and children. In certain cases, second-degree relatives are applicable for visit visas to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, as well as other emirates.
Q9: Can we change our visit visas to family visas in the UAE?
A: Status changes are applicable to investor, partner, employment, family, and residence visas. Tourist visa holders are required to exit the UAE and re-enter with a new visa.
Q10: How can I renew my family visa in the UAE?
A: You will need to follow this quick and easy process:
- Contact Dubai Business Advisors
- Submit the details required for visa renewal
- Submit all your documents to our office or courier
- Pay the necessary fees
- Enjoy your renewed family visa after the processing period!