- Private companies can obtain new employment entry permits for their employees provided they apply for residence visa status within 30 days of the employee’s entry into the UAE.
- If your company is registered in a free zone, the employment visa will be valid for three years.
- If you are an onshore registered company the visa will be valid for two years.
- It is also the responsibility of the employer to ensure all travel arrangements are made for the new employee, including the ‘okay to board’ that may be required by some airlines.
(Please note that the information below only applies to residents of the UAE).
If your family members are outside the UAE, you must first apply for an entry residence visa. After they arrive you then have up to 30 days to apply for the residence stamp.
Your monthly salary should not be less than AED 4,000 (or AED 3,000 plus accommodation). If you wish to sponsor a residence visa for your parents, your minimum monthly salary should be AED 20,000 (or AED 19,000 plus a two-bedroom accommodation).
Required documentation includes:
- Typed application form.
- Salary certificate (for government employees) or attested work contract (other employees).
- Three months of most recent bank statement for long-time residents. New residents may submit the most recent month but must have a bank letter confirming salary transfer.
- Attested tenancy contract, Emirates ID card, and labour card.
- Marriage certificate that has been attested by UAE authorities (for UAE marriages) or in your home country for spouse sponsorship.
- Passports (original) and copies of both sponsor and family member(s).
- Medical check-up report of spouse or children over 15-years of age from an authorised hospital or clinic.
- Three passport photos per family member.
- Please note that for your family member’s residence visa to remain valid he or she must not be out of the UAE for more than six months. In the case where a Muslim expatriate has married more than one wife, he can only obtain one residence visa.
Once your business is up and running in the UAE and you, as the business owner, have your residence visa, you are then in a position to get a UAE residence visa for a family member or members, or those you hire for your household (for example, maid, driver, or nanny). These residence visas are known as UAE dependent visas, and in order to obtain one, the sponsor, a current UAE resident, must be earning at least the salary minimum as dictated individually by each emirate.
The process of applying for the residence visa, which remains valid for a period of anywhere from one to three years, is incredibly simple, and made up of four stages: entry permit, status adjustment, medical fitness test, Emirates ID registration, and visa stamping.
In the guide below we answer all the key questions surrounding UAE residence visas for your dependents.