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Bank statement required to sponsor family in Dubai

Move will ensure people on low salaries don’t bring relatives into Dubai

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 22:00 May 20, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News Archives
  • People being attended to at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.

Dubai: Residents wishing to sponsor family members in Dubai now have to submit their bank statements to the residency department, Gulf News has learnt.

The move is to ensure people on very low salaries do not bring their families into the emirate.

According to new rules set by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA) all those applying for a new residency visa for their families must provide a bank statement showing their monthly salary.

Illegal action

“Those who wish to bring their family members to Dubai on a residence visa must present the GDRFA with the sponsor’s bank statement,” a senior official said.

At least three months’ bank statements are required for those who have already been living here and want to bring their families to the UAE and at least one month’s salary statement or a bank letter confirming the salary transfer for those new to the country and who want to sponsor their families. The rule does not apply for those renewing visas for their families.

He said that previously applicants had to submit a labour contract showing their salary and a salary certificate from the company. The official said this was no longer enough and bank statements were also required.

He said this step had been taken because some people had been submitting a salary certificate or labour contract which showed a higher salary than they actually received.

“We have seen some illegal action involving companies giving their employers salary certificates which state a higher salary than the one they are receiving to help them bring their families here,” the official said.

“Such behaviour is unacceptable,” he added.

“We have come across cases in which the salary of a person who wants to sponsor his family was less than Dh2,500 but they provided us with a salary certificate for Dh10,000,” he said.

“We are asking for a bank statement in order to avoid this happening,” he said.

Medical certificate

He said a bank statement is required only from those applying for a new residence visa for their families.

Those renewing their family’s residency visas are not required to submit bank statements. A bank statement is also not required from those applying for a visit visa for their family members.

The official said new residency visa application will not be accepted without a supporting bank statement.

“People need a proper amount of money in order to live. How can a person bring families here if they earn very low salaries?” the official said.

Those who want to bring their spouse, children, or parents on humanitarian grounds are required to undergo the necessary procedures, including submitting a medical certificate for family members over 18. They must submit their labour card, a copy of their employment contract and salary certificate in addition to their bank statement and tenancy contract, which should be in the name of the applicant, and also an ID card.

The sponsor’s salary should be at least Dh4,000 a month plus accommodation. A salary of Dh10,000 is required if a person wishes to sponsor their parents.

Comments (18)

  1. Added 16:43 May 21, 2013

    What Maricel said is a point and this is happening with several small scale establishments where they transfer salaries as per the contract to the bank and later recover from the employees, or the employees pay them in advance to the management or the owners.

    Edwin Joseph, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 16:33 May 21, 2013

    I think the labor contract is enough requirement for applying a residence visa.It is attested from the labor department and residency.It show the details of your salary.

    almer, dubai, Philippines

  3. Added 15:40 May 21, 2013

    The new rule though logic ,may be a nightmare for employees with low salary who wish to bring their family on a residence visa for getting employment.

    ZENITH, BUR DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:36 May 21, 2013

    I have taken loan from company, which company will deduct from my montly salary for 6 months, in that case will DNRD consider our application...........??

    Hasan, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 15:36 May 21, 2013

    Yes, I feel the officials should be lenient in case of sponsoring parents. If the Father is deceased and Mother is alone in the home country, the child should be able to sponsor his parent with a salary less than AED 10,000 and more than AED 5000, by providing the required documents.

    Vineesh K, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 14:58 May 21, 2013

    People willing to bring their family are those individual who always leads a social life. Their salary slab can be a deterrent in bringing them together with their families. The country's economic & social structure will stand to gain if more people start to have a proper social life in this multicultural environment. This will reduce the stressed life of bachelors. A family life is always a healthy option

    mariam, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:24 May 21, 2013

    What if it is a new employee and he wants to bring his family as soon as he join the company or within a month. One month bank statement doesn't make any sense if a person want to bring his family within a month. Person has to wait for one month statement and then apply for the statement.

    Naveen G., Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 14:02 May 21, 2013

    Valid Bank statements with current balances would be great as the trend here is to take loans and this leaves the balance to almost minumum...and then to bring the families across.....survival is not easy! Therefore, bank balances statements for the last 3-4 months would really project the real scenario of the sponsor's commitments to support their families.

    AJ, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 13:37 May 21, 2013

    I am getting money advance in lieu of accomodation and that is transfered to bank in October every year .... in last 3 month bank statment that cant be reflected... what to do .please guide me

    awan, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 13:27 May 21, 2013

    How about a person transferring his Family Visa as he is moving from an old company to a newer company. He might not be able to produce one month Salary Statement from new company during that process right?

    Afeef, Dubai, India

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