Dubai: Are you a resident of Dubai planning to bring your family to the country to live with you? If so, you may be wondering how much visa procedures and paperwork can cost you. The cost of a visa application may depend not only on the duration of the visa, but also on the age of your children.
Here is a breakdown of all the fees you may need to pay during the visa application process.
Have your documents certified
Before you even start the visa application process, you may need to get some attested documents for the application process. For example, the marriage certificate and the birth certificate of your children must be attested not only by the authorities of your country of origin, but also by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) of the Emirates United Arabs.
The cost of the certificate is 160 Dh if you go directly to the ministry for the certificate. If you get the attestation through a typing center, they may also add a service fee.
“You must also have your rental agreement or Ejari in place, as it is also required at the time of application,” Adnan Khan, marketing manager at Siddique Haider Corporate Services Provider, told Gulf News.
He added that sometimes applicants may be unaware that the family visa application is subject to a minimum salary requirement (4,000 Dh per month) as well as the need to have a rental agreement in the name of the sponsor.
“Once you have all the documents in place, you can then begin the visa application process,” Khan said.
Here are the documents you need to have with you when applying for a visa, according to Khan:
- Passport copies of family members you wish to sponsor.
- Your original passport and Emirates ID card.
- Attested marriage, death or divorce certificate, as applicable. You may need a death or divorce certificate if you are a single mother applying for your children’s visa.
- Certified diplomas.
- Salary certificate.
- Ejari (if you live in Dubai) or rental agreement (if you live in another emirate).
Once you have all the documents in place, you can then begin the visa application process.
– Adnan Khan, Marketing Manager at Siddique Haider Corporate Services Provider
File opening fee – Dh269
One of the first costs you will have to pay is the file opening fee, to open a file with the General Directorate for Residence and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA) as a sponsor. It is important to note that this fee does not depend on the number of family members you wish to sponsor. It is levied only on the person who sponsors his family.
For example, if you sponsor two or three members of your family, you will only have to pay 269 Dh, because you pay this tax to open a file as a sponsor.
However, if you change jobs, you will again have to pay an application fee to sponsor your family members.
“As long as you are in the same job under the same sponsor, you will only have to pay this cost once for your family’s visa. But, if you change jobs, which means your visa sponsor has changed, you will have to pay the opening fee again when applying for the visa for your family,” said Shamsuddin Kottayil, responsible public relations at First Gate Business Services in Dubai.
Entry permit – Dh500
You then need to apply for an entry permit, which your family can use to travel to the UAE.
What if my family is already in the UAE?
If your family is already in the UAE, you will still need to apply for the permit, which would cost 1,180 dirhams, according to Kottayil. You will then have to follow a procedure called “change of status”.
“The permit is valid for 60 days from its issue. If the person is outside the country, they must enter the UAE within 60 days, and if they are already inside the country, they must make the change of status within 60 days,” said Kottayil.
The permit is valid for 60 days from the date of issue. If the person is outside the country, they must enter the UAE within 60 days, and if they are already inside the country, they must make the change of status within 60 days.
– to Kottayil, Public Relations Manager at First Gate Business Services in Dubai
Status change – Dh675
This fee only applies if your family is in the UAE. If they are outside the UAE, they can fly with the entry permit and proceed directly to the next step – the medical fitness test.
Medical Fitness Test – Dh320
You will have to pay for a medical fitness test for your spouse and children over 18. If your children are under 18, they are not required to take the medical fitness test. The cost mentioned above is for normal application, where you get the results within 24 hours. If you want to get the results within four hours, you can request a VIP service, which costs around 570 Dh.
Emirates ID – Dh170 for 1 year, Dh270 for two years, Dh370 for three years
The next step is to apply for your family’s Emirates ID card. The cost depends on the duration of your visa. A standard two-year visa would mean you pay Dh270 for the Emirates ID. If you are applying for a 10 year Golden Visa, the cost of the Emriates ID card would be Dh1070.
Visa stamping – Dh500
The last step in this process is the stamping of the visa. However, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) of the United Arab Emirates has announced that visas will no longer be affixed to the passport, with the Emirates Identity Card being the main proof of residence.
Dubai residents, however, may still need to have the visa stamped at this time, as Gulf News reported earlier. If this is the case with your application, your passport will be collected for the visa and delivered to you within four working days. The cost mentioned above includes courier charges.