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UAE visit visas: rule for expat sponsors clarified

UAE expats who want to sponsor their family or relatives on visit visa can do so for their first and second-degree relatives only, the Federal Authority for Identity and Nationality, Customs and Ports Security (ICP) confirmed.

According to the ICP, expats can sponsor their first-degree family or first-degree relatives on visit visa in the UAE. For Emirati sponsors, visit visa can be issued to their friend or relative, regardless of kinship.

Expats sponsoring their family or relative on visit visa must be employed, and their job must belong to the first or second professional level under the job categories by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. There are 459 jobs under the first or second professional levels.

Authorities added that for visit visa to be issued, there must be evidence of kinship, a purpose for the visit and a financial guarantee.

Expats and Emiratis can apply for visit visa for their relative or friend through the ICP app (UAEICP). The smart service was launched in January and allows applicants to choose a visit visa valid for 30 days, 60 days up to 90 days. Details here

According to the ICP, once a visit visa is issued, the recipient must enter the UAE within 60 days from the date of issuance of the entry permit. The visit visa holder can leave the country before the permit expires or extend it to avoid a fine of Dh100 per day of overstaying in the country. ICA/Expat Media

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