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UAE visa: Expats sponsoring family must have Dh3,000 monthly income, accommodation

Expatriates bringing family members to live in the UAE must have a monthly income of at least Dh3,000 and accommodation, according to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP).

According to the ICP, these are the main requirements for bringing foreigners on visit visa, or to reside in the UAE without work.

Ali Muhammad Al Shamsi, Chairman of ICP, made the announcement clarifying the rules under the Federal Decree Law on the entry and residence of foreigners, which was implemented starting October 3, 2022.

Under the law, the minimum monthly income for an expat sponsoring their family must be Dh3,000. They must also have accommodation. The income requirement increases to Dh4,000 if the sponsoring expat does not have a company-provided accommodation.

The expat will need to provide a certified lease contract or property deed. They will also need to provide an attested marriage contract or a certificate of marriage in case they are sponsoring their spouse on visit visa.

In case the sponsoring expat wants to bring their parents to the UAE, they must provide documents proving their relationship of kinship.

In case the expat is bringing their child to the UAE, then they must submit a certified birth certificate.

Dh10,000 monthly income required to sponsor 5 relatives

Expats who want to sponsor five relatives on visit visa to the UAE must have at least Dh10,000 in monthly income, according to ICP.

They must also have suitable housing to accommodate their relatives.

Those wishing to sponsor six or more relatives must have a monthly income of Dh15,000 and their application will be evaluated by the Director General of the ICP. ICA/Expat Media

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