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UAE visit visa: Expats must have Dh10,000 income to sponsor up to 5 relatives

Expatriates in the UAE who want to sponsor up to five relatives on visit visa must have a monthly income of at least Dh10,000, the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenships, Customs and Port Security (ICP) has clarified.

Ali Mohammad Al Shamsi, Chairman of ICP, issued a resolution covering a Cabinet decision on the matter, which came into effect on October 3, 2022. The resolution also covered new rules for Emirates ID and passports. Details of the resolution were first reported by Al Khaleej.

On visit visa, an expat who wants to sponsor relatives must have adequate housing and monthly income. They can sponsor up to five people on visit visa if their monthly income is Dh10,000. For those earning Dh15,000 or more, they can sponsor up to six people. For expats who want to sponsor more than six people, approval will be based on the ICP’s evaluation of the applicant’s capacity as a sponsor.

Under the new rules on issuing a visit visa for a relative, the decision specifies that visit visa may be issued to a friend or relative of an Emirati, regardless of their degree of kinship, and can also be issued to a first or second-degree relative of an expat residing in the UAE.

The expat must have a valid job in the first or second category as determined by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

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The new rules also specify that those wishing to sponsor their relatives, or their spouses’ relatives must meet certain requirements to be granted a residence permit. Expats related to an Emirati must prove their kinship. For expats, direct family members such as their father, mother, children or underage children will be granted a residence permit, provided that the sponsoring expat can financially support them. Residence permit can also be granted to the father and mother of the sponsor expat’s spouse. ICA/Expat Media

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