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No change in family visa rules: Al Merri

Posted by Haja Mohideen (Hajas) on 5/5/2014 5:26:02 AM

No change in family visa rules: Al Merri

But typing centres claim some applications have been rejected

    • By Shafaat Shahbandari, Staff Reporter
    • Published: 21:00 May 4, 2014
    • Gulf News


  • Image Credit: Atiq-Ur-Rehman/Gulf News
  • Visa applicants at Al Twar Centre in Dubai. Typists have said they haven’t received any official notification of any change.

Dubai: A top official has denied reports that expatriates seeking to sponsor families in Dubai need to have a minimum salary of Dh10,000.

Maj Gen Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director of Dubai’s General Directorate for Residency and Foreigner Affairs (GDRFA), said news reports in some newspapers claiming an increase in salary limit to sponsor families in Dubai are inaccurate.

He added in a statement sent to Gulf News that all the branches of the directorate continue to operate as smoothly as ever, and are receiving the applications of all customers without the enforcement of any new rules.

Al Merri pointed out that any alterations to procedures are issued officially by the Ministry of Interior before their implementation in Dubai and all the other emirates. He added that the directorate operates with high transparency when it comes to services provided to customers.

Al Merri’s comments follow reports published by some newspapers over the last couple of days that the requirements for sponsoring family visas have changed. He said there is no change in the financial requirements for family sponsorship.

“Transactions are taking place as we speak on the normal Dh4,000 salary requirement,” an official at GDRFA told Gulf News. According to existing rules, an applicant needs to have a minimum salary of Dh4,000 or Dh3,000 with accommodation provided by the sponsor to apply for a visa for his family, including wife and children.

“We have been getting cases of rejection since late last week. People come back to us saying their applications were rejected because their salary is below Dh10,000,” said Shamsuddin, a typist in Karama.

Another typist added that applications for visa renewal continue to be processed and only new applications are being subjected to the “change”.

However, all typists confirmed that they haven’t received any official notification of any change in visa rules from the government.



  • Added 13:12 May 5, 2014

    i been to one of immigration center and i w as informed at information desk that salary is now declared as 10k for expats for family

    YASIR, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Added 12:57 May 5, 2014

    Feel relief now, since i am going to get married this year and planing to bring my wife to Dubai.

    Ajay, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  • Added 12:49 May 5, 2014

    What about those who will deliver their baby here in UAE? Will they deny the sponsoship as well? What will happen to the child's status the?

    Eiliyah, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Added 12:45 May 5, 2014

    still it is panic.. some typing center not issuing the visa on the bases of hike in salary. please make it clear to public. we love UAE and want to spend our life with families over here

    adnan, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  • Added 12:24 May 5, 2014

    What about Abu Dhabi is it the same & requirement of house contract + ADDC bill in tenant name?

    Atif, Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • Added 12:19 May 5, 2014

    Today I called a typing center and they are telling they are not able to process the form of application for new Visa if the salary is not more than 10,000 Dhs. Why?

    Bristow, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Added 11:48 May 5, 2014

    It is really good decision for not changing the minimum requirement which helps for the family who have low income rate per month...

    Charith, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Added 11:40 May 5, 2014

    It is not a new case in immigration, there is no formal rules & procedure for any residency. If you ask immigration about any visa like, to sponcer wife, husband, father, mother, relative or friend, they simply say; GO TYPING. If you go typing they will type application and receive money. Then during the application processing, a lot questions and formalities from immigration, like, where is Labour Contract, Where is House Contract, where is Attestation??? etc.. I think there should be proper rules (if any) but it should be in written form on a book and on the website, to avoid time consumption and rush in the immigration offices.

    Abdul Hasib, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Added 11:37 May 5, 2014

    your website issued a news saying 10k applies only for Dubai family visa yesterday and you deny it in today's news, which news to be trusted? i hope Shafat's report is very true so people can take cool breath.

    javeed, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Added 11:29 May 5, 2014

    they should identify these typing centers and sue or close them for creating trouble to the public!

    singh, dubai, India


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