It is really difficult for foreigners to acquire permanent residence visa and nationality in all the states of UAE. But Dubai is known as an international city where citizens from all over the world are residing due to business and job opportunities available in the state. Therefore, the rules and regulations regarding residence are bit relaxed in Dubai for these foreign visitors. One such incentive provided by the UAE government for expats is that they can apply for residence visa for their parents and parents-in-law if there is no one in their native country to take care of them and these expats are the sole provider for them.
You should be an expat having a valid residential visa to apply visa for your parents. Apart from that, your minimum salary should be AED 20,000/ month without accommodation or AED 19,000/ month with a two bed accommodation. In this case, you are eligible to get a one-year renewable residential visa for your parents or parents-in-law.
But if you have less salary than the minimum prescribed limit but you still want to apply for the residence visa of your parents then you can visit the Humanitarian Desk at DNRD (Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department). The desk will observe your case on humanitarian basis and can allow you to apply for the residence visa for your parents if they find it appropriate on humanitarian accounts.
According to rules and regulations, you have to sponsor both of your parents and you can’t apply for single parent (father or mother). If one of them is deceased or if they are divorced then you have to provide documentary proof for such incident.
Before applying for residence visa, you initially have to apply for entry visa for your parents or parents-in-law. You parents will be able to enter UAE on this visa. After their entrance in the Emirati state, you are provided with 60 days to complete the procedure of their residence visa.
The documents required to apply for entry visa include: original passport of parent/s and sponsor, one photo each of your parents, application form from a registered typing center, copy of job contract or salary certificate from sponsor or employer and proof of your relationship with your parents via your embassy or consulate.
You must take these documents along with an appeal to the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA – D) to allow entry visa to your parents on humanitarian grounds. Within two weeks, your application will be accepted or rejected by the Approval Committee.
After approval of your application, you will pay fee to a registered typist to fill your form. You will provide these documents to the residency section of DNRD. You will receive the entry permit within 48 hours or in just few minutes if you are applying for an urgent visa.
The fee for application and typing center is AED 110 while you have to pay AED 100 additional in case of urgent application. You will also pay AED 2,000 as refundable deposit that will be paid back to you in case of visa cancellation or death of your parents.
You should start the procedure of residency visa for your parents soon after receiving their entry visa because you have to complete the whole process within 60 days after their entrance in Dubai.
The documents required for this purpose are: health card, original entry permit, medical card, 3 photos and application form of parents, refundable deposit receipt, original job contract / salary certificate of sponsor and original passports of both sponsor and his/her parents.
After acquiring all these documents, take them to the GDRFA–D and hand these documents to the residency section after completing your form from one of the typist (you will have to pay fee for filling the form). You will get the passports with residency visa stamp via Empost. In the end, you will take the basic mandatory insurance policy for your parents. Minimum fee for this insurance policy is AED 600.
You will have to pay AED 110 residence fee per year while the fee for Empost is AED 10. If you opt for urgent application then AED 100 will be charged additionally.