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Employers and employees with a valid UAE residence visa can sponsor residence visas for their families. Unlike before, employees can sponsor their families regardless of their job titles if they earn a minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation. Clearing medical fitness examination applies to all newcomers who have completed the age of 18.

Since March 2019, the type of profession is no longer a condition for an expatriate worker to be able to sponsor his family visas. The UAE government amended its previous provision under which only listed professions could apply for family sponsorship visa. Now, a foreign worker can bring over his family members to the UAE and sponsor their residence visas regardless of his profession as long as he maintains the income criteria specified by the government.

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What are the types of Family Visas?
  • 1 year family visa - individuals sponsoring their step children will get a 1 year UAE Resident visa which should be renewed annually.
  • 2 years family visa - based on the sponsor's 2 years labor contract 2 years family visa is granted.
  • 3 years family visa - based on the sponsor's 3 years labor contract 3 years family visa is granted
What documents are required?
  • Sponsor (Husband) passport copy all bio pages - soft copy
  • Sponsor (Husband) visa copy - soft copy
  • Sponsor (Husband) Emirates ID – Original needed
  • Ejari - Soft copy
  • Labor contract - Soft copy
  • Your picture - Soft copy
  • Marriage certificate with attestation - Soft copy
  • Wife’s passport copy all bio pages - Soft copy
  • Wife’s recent color passport size photo - Soft copy
Is there any medical examination?

In order for the UAE to grant or renew a residence visa for family members, males and females who have completed the age of 18 need to undergo and pass medical fitness tests at government approved health centres in the UAE.


All applicants of visa, whether for first time or for renewal, will be tested for two communicable diseases: HIV (by testing their blood) and pulmonary tuberculosis (by taking an x-ray of their chest). Those found to be HIV positive or having tuberculosis will be considered medically unfit and therefore will not be granted a residence visa. They will be deported immediately by the UAE’s authorities.


Residents who are detected with dormant or inactive pulmonary tuberculosis are also considered medically fit. In this case, they are granted a one-year ‘Health Fitness Certificate for Residence’ subject to treatment and follow-up by the Department of Preventive Medicine or equivalent government health authority. Hence, if you suspect to be suffering from a communicable disease it is advisable to get yourself tested in your home country first.

Renewal period

The duration of residence visa depends on the type of sponsor and the person sponsored. It is issued for one, or two or three years. Visa is renewed subject to conditions similar to those of fresh visas.

The family's residence permits are linked to the residence permit of the sponsoring expatriate employee. If the sponsoring family member's visa is cancelled, it requires cancellation of the visas of the dependents.

Dependents are granted a 30-day grace period from the date of expiry or cancellation of their visa to obtain a new residence permit. If the employee fails to renew or cancel the visa of his dependents, the dependents would be deemed illegal residents and could be liable to pay a fine.



Get your Dubai family visa in 8 steps, We compiled all latest updates on visa rules and regulations here with 8 steps. We help you get visa by assisting you in every single steps with adequate information and support.

Documents Collection

Send the soft copies of the required documents and hand over the Original Emirates ID to us. If in case you do not want to come to our office we can collect it through courier.


Immigration File opening

A new file needs to be created in immigration system using the provided documents. Then they will proceed to creating the entry permit..


Entry permit

There are 2 types of entry permits. After the file has been opened, the entry permit application will be done based on your family member’s location. If your family member is in Dubai, you can get first type of entry permit. If your family member is out of UAE, you have to process the second type of entry permit



Enter Dubai

As soon as the entry permit has been approved by the department, if your family member is already in Dubai, the status change application needs to be done soon. If they are out of Dubai they can enter Dubai using the entry permit.



The medical exam for issuance of family residence visa needs to be done at any medical Centre that has been approved by Dubai Health Authority and Ministry of Health & Prevention. You can visit the nearest approved medical Centre in Dubai.


Get Emirates ID

To obtain an Emirates ID card, the eform on FAIC website must be submitted with the documents such as:

  • Original passport
  • Original valid residency or entry permit
  • Original birth certificate or father’s passport or Emirates ID
  • Passport and visa of the sponsor of the applicant (only for newborns)


As per the rules of the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), it is compulsory that all visa holders possess medical insurance plans approved by the DHA.



The visa holder should either enter Dubai or perform a status change within 60 days from the date of issue of entry permit. They should then proceed to get Emirates ID and perform medical to go ahead with the visa stamping.


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