Sunday, September 15, 2013

How did I sponsor my husband in Dubai

Hi guys, it's been a while since my last post. How have you been? Me, we are busy trying to put our life back on track. My better half became unemployed two months ago and our status in UAE became unstable. We were pressured even more when his employer cancelled his employment visa. I have to put my best foot forward in order to help him deal with this life crisis. The best thing that happened to us after all the efforts and a few gallons of tears was we finally got him a Dubai residence visa under my sponsorship, our stress down to 50% because of this, but how we did it let me share it to you. This is based on our personal experience.

In Dubai there is husband/father's visa. This is a type of residence visa whereby your sponsor is your husband or your father. In my case it's wife visa for my husband meaning I am his sponsor but there is a catch, my profession fall on a category who is not qualified to sponsor a husband in Dubai, so we approached the humanitarian section of the Dubai Immigration office located at the Entry Permit Section counters 27-35.

First we went to a typing center and type an application for entry permit, paid 250 AED

What documents did I attached?

1. Passport copy of my husband with his cancelled visa
2. His visa cancellation paper and termination letter
3. My passport copy and visa page
4. Arabic salary certificate issued by my employer
5. Our attested marriage certificate
6. Passport copy of my children with visa page
7. Attested tenancy contract
8. Water and Electricity Bill
9. Three months bank statement

Second, we presented the papers to humanitarian section, at first I was told that my profession is not qualified to sponsor my husband, I am already aware of that so I requested the good local lady if she can accept and allow me to try to have my papers presented to the committee. She told me go to the cashier and pay committee fees of 130 AED and come back to her. I did what I was told. After scanning my application, she gave me a small receipt and told to wait for 7-10 working days. It was the longest days of my life but I stayed very patient praying that the good heavens is with me on this. On the 7th day I received an sms asking me to go to Dubai immigration to follow up with my husbands application.

I waited patiently in the bench for my token to be called. When I was called, I gave the small receipt to the same local lady who received my application when I submitted it the first time. She look at it and stand up saying nothing. Headed to the shelf where all the papers are filed and took my husband application. She checked it, asks me if he is inside the country, I told her yes, she then handed over to me the bunch of papers and ask me to pay 2000 AED deposit and 680 AED for inside country and come back to her. I'm shocked, I have to asked her if it was approved before the idea sink in to me that yes it has been approved by the committee, I was thrilled that I am approved to sponsor my husband and no need for him to go for a visa run. So I paid and went back to her. She issued me the pink paper. My hands were shaking when I received it. But that doesn't end there, there is still more to do .

She said go for typing again for change of status. For this typing I have to pay another 610 AED, this is actually better than exiting the country because its the same amount of money I will spend on the air ticket had I sent him to Kish Island. Typing done, I went back to the entry permit - ladies section. I gave the passport and entry visa, there it was stamped showing that he had entered the country and gave me a change of status paper. We have two months to stamp the visa to his passport, to do that he has to go for a medical test which is more or less AED 300 and emirates ID application AED 170 for 1 year.

It was indeed a very long process and it requires money but it is a lot less expense and STRESS than going for a visa run every now and then until he gets fully employed again. He had quite a few interviews already and we are patiently waiting for the right opportunity to arrived. I hope it comes soon.

That is how we did it but this is just a guide, in Dubai Immigration human cases they treat each case differently.

Do you ever experience something like this before or are you in this situation right now? Please feel free to comment below on the box.