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What is the family visa in the UAE?
The family visa in the UAE is a type of residency visa that allows the spouse and dependent children (under the age of 18) of a resident in the UAE to live with them in the country. The family visa is also sometimes referred to as a “dependent visa” or “sponsor visa.”
Types of family visa
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 labour contract 2 years family visa is granted.
Eligibility for family visa
Expatriate residents can sponsor their families to reside in the UAE if they have a valid residence permit/visa.
The sponsor must have a minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation.
Male and female family members who are to be sponsored and who have completed the age of 23 need to undergo and pass medical fitness tests at approved health centres in the UAE.
Renewal of family visa
To renew a family visa in the UAE, one must submit an application with all the required documents and fees to the relevant immigration authorities. It is recommended to seek professional guidance and start the renewal process early to avoid any issues or delays.
It is advisable to start the renewal process well before the visa expiry date, as processing times can vary and there may be additional requirements or delays. Late renewal or failure to renew the visa can result in penalties.
Cancellation of family visa
The family’s residence permits are linked to the residence permit of the sponsoring family member. If the sponsoring family member’s visa is cancelled, it requires cancellation of the visas of the dependents.
Dependents are granted a 6-month grace period from the date of expiry or cancellation of their visas to obtain a new residence permit. If the sponsor fails to renew or cancel the visa of his dependents, he could be liable to pay a fine.
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Steps of Dependent Visa
This Visa permits sponsoring of parents,spouse, and children(below 25 years of age).