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UAE residence visa rule for expats sponsoring family members

Family members of an expat residing in the UAE may be issued a residence visa under their sponsorship regardless of whether the applicants are inside or outside the country.

The updated rules are specified in a resolution by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenships, Customs and Port Security (ICP) following a Cabinet decision on the matter, which came into effect on October 3, 2022. The resolution also covered new rules for visit visa, Emirates ID and passports.

An expatriate with valid residence visa in the UAE may sponsor their family members to get a residence visa in the country.

With regards to expat relatives, the decision specifies that those wishing to bring their relatives or their wives’ relatives must meet certain requirements to obtain a residence visa.

If the expat is related to an Emirati in the UAE, they must prove their kinship. If the foreigner is related to a UAE resident or their spouse, they must have the following degree of kinship: the foreigner’s father, mother, or underage siblings, provided that they can financially sponsor them, or the wife’s father and mother. ICA/Expat Media

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