How to Renew a Residence Visa for Dependents – Wife, Children? Updated 2022

UAE Residence Visa Renewal for dependents – Wife, Children

There is a 30 day grace period once a residence visa expires; however, it is advisable to begin the visa renewal process in advance. The same documents need to be produced, and a new health check carried out. The fees are the same. Family visas are permissible on if your earn more than 4,000 per month.  


Visa Renewal of Residence Visa for Dependents (Spouse or Child)

Residence visas are generally valid for two years. Application for renewing visa should be started before the expiration of old visa. There is a 30 days grace period once the residence visa expires. However it is advisable to start the procedure in advance. The procedure would be same as when you apply for the new visa.

The documents required for visa renewal for wife

  1. Valid Original Passports of wife
  2. Valid Original Passport of sponsor with visa page.
  3. Original Labour Card or ID (if government/semi-government or Free Zone Staff)
  4. One Recent photograph (passport size with white background) of wife
  5. Original Labour contract ( for private company staff) or salary certificate (Arabic) for government/semi-government or Free Zone Staff.
  6. Original Medical Test Report from authorized medical Center.
  7. Copy of Health Insurance Card.
  8. Copy of Emirates ID Card or receipt/application form stamped the ID Authority.
  9. Tenancy Contract (accommodation rental agreement). It has to be attested through EjariOpens in a new tab. online system of Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA). In case of Abu Dhabi Visa your Tenancy contract with a stamp from Baladiya (Municipality) to be provided at the time of stamping.

The documents required for visa renewal for  Child

  1. Valid Original Passports of child
  2. Valid Original Passport of sponsor with visa page
  3. Original Labour Card or ID (if government/semi-government or Free Zone Staff)
  4. One Recent photograph (passport size with white background) of child
  5. Original Labour contract ( for private company staff) or salary certificate (Arabic) for government/semi-government or Free Zone Staff
  6. Original Medical Test Report from authorized medical Center (if he/she is above 18 years)
  7. Copy of Health Insurance Card
  8. Copy of Emirates ID Card or receipt/application form stamped the ID Authority
  9. Tenancy Contract (accommodation rental agreement). It has to be attested through EjariOpens in a new tab. online system of Real Estate Regulatory Agency (RERA). In case of Abu Dhabi Visa your Tenancy contract with a stamp from Baladiya (Municipality) to be provided at the time of stamping.

NOTE: If you are renewing the visa of daughter older than 18 years, you need to submit the confirmation letter in Arabic that she is still not married. And Parent (Sponsor) has to sign on the letter. It should be noted that if your dependent leaving the UAE for six months or more, the UAE residence visa becomes invalid. The entire process has to be completed agai

Procedure of visa renewal for dependents:

How can you renew your family visa in Dubai? Family visa renewal in Dubai

The residence visa are valid for one, two or three years depending on the contract of the family sponsor. It is the Sponsor’s responsibility to renew your residence visa before it expires. A renewed visa will let you continue living legally in the UAE without incurring fines or facing legal consequences for the same. The relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) allows residents a grace period of 30 days to stay in the UAE after their visas expire. You have the time limit to renew your expired residence visa 30 days from the date of expiry. During the grace period of 30 days you will not incur any fines.

If they overstay after the grace period, they will be fined with

  • AED 125 for the first day
  • AED 25 for each subsequent day.
  • AED 50 per day after six months of overstaying
  • AED 100 per day after one year of overstaying

In case of an emergency situation ( in case of travelling) where there is a need to renew the visa few months earlier (one to six months) you must first take special permission and approval from the relevant General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner’s Affairs in the emirate that issued your visa.

Visa Renewal Process:

Most of the people prefer to go to typing centre for this process:

  1. Step 1: Visit the nearest authorised typing centre or Amer centre and Fill up the visa renewal application form
  2. Step 2: Get your medical test done based on the emirate that has issued your visa
  3. Step 3 : Apply for Emirates ID (Federal Authority for identity and Citizenship (FAIC) will send you a notification via SMS requesting you to renew your ID card. You will need to submit your renewal application in person at an accredited typing centre or online via FAIC website
  4. Step 4: Get the health insurance done which is mandatory in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  5. Step 5: Visit the typing centre or GDRFA centre to complete the renewal application with all the above mentioned required documents.
  6. Step 6: Once the application for stamping visa has been submitted you will need to pay an additional charges for Empost in case if you wish you collect the passport through courier.

However, please note you can also complete the application online in English or Arabic from the comfort of your home or office.

How can you renew your family residence visa (Wife and Child) online in UAE?

In the announcement, made on their social media channels, ICA mentioned that the renewal application can be easily completed through the website in a new tab. or the smartphone application ‘ICA UAE’.

If you are a private sector employee or an employee in a free zone, and are applying to renew your family’s residence visa, these are the documents you need to upload:

  • A recent colour photograph of the sponsored person with a white background.
  • Passport copy
  • Certificate of medical fitness approved by competent authorities for those over 18 years old.
  • Emirates ID application receipt.
  • Accommodation lease (attested) or accommodation ownership by the sponsor.
  • latest utility bill
  • a copy of the husband’s/wife’s employment contract or company contract for investors
  • a salary certificate from the employer stating the employee’s monthly salary
  • A copy of the sponsor’s passport with valid residency.
  • Medical Insurance
  • a legalised marriage certificate

The ICA website provides detailed list of documents for each category, in a new tab.

How to register?

  • Visit the website : in a new tab.
  • Register and create an account using UAE PASS or log in to smart services in case of prior registration.
  • Choose the Residence Permit Renewal service.
  • Submit the application, review and update the retrieved data, and pay fees.
  • Submit an application to renew your ID card.
  • Hand in the passport to the approved delivery company.
  • Your passport will be labelled with the Residency Permit sticker and then delivered to you through the approved delivery company.

Please make sure the information you provide is valid and accurate, the ID number and expiry date are correctly entered before paying the fees to avoid delays in processing of your application.

The data you enter will be reviewed and validated by ICA.

The normal processing time for the renewal of residency permit takes 48 hours as mentioned in the website.


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166 thoughts on “How to Renew a Residence Visa for Dependents – Wife, Children? Updated 2022

  1. Does it require the tenancy contract or ejari for renewal of wife and child visa if accommodation is provided by company.

  2. for my new born baby( she born in abu dhabi only ) visa stamping what are the document required ,what is the procedure

  3. hi
    i need not know if i can renew my daughter visa just 2 days before expiry date becauase we will be travelling before that and will be reaching UAE only 2 days prior to expiry date.

  4. Hi Deepak, My 2 year old Son is in the Philippines right now and he needs to renew his visa on January.
    Is it necessary for him to be here for the renewal ? If so whats the specific month for him to be in Dubai before renewal? Appreciate a lot.

  5. Hi Dear,
    I want renew my daughter’s visa. Is it mandatory to have health insurance for child to renew the visa in Dubai?
    please help

  6. Hi Dear,
    I want to renew my daughter’s visa. Is it mandatory to have health insurance to renew my daughters visa in Dubai?
    please help

  7. Sir

    For Family visa renewal after grace period how much the fines per day?

    As per latest news Tenancy Contract not required for renewal of family visa?

  8. Hallo sir, how many month ealy i can renew my wife visa its expiering on 6-2-17,because of pregency she will be in india that time. Any chance to do

  9. Hallo sir, how month ealy i can renew my wife visa its expiering on 6-2-17,because of pregency she will be in india that. Any chance to do

  10. hi my wife is went to for Pregnancy , For six-month if cannot come back within six month to Dubai , if possible to renew another one month ? please advice

  11. Hi
    I want to ask that my visa is getting expire on 1st July and my husband is changing his job now the company didn’t tell him anything we are not sure but I don’t want to go home. So I need suggestion.

  12. My renew residence visa is on the prosses and i want to exite dubai for a reason , i wana khnow if i leave dubai is it possibe to back and get the visa or i can’t

  13. Hello,

    My son who is now 9 months old has a UAE resident visa issued last Nov 2015. We went home last Dec 12,2015 and since then he hasn’t come back to the UAE up to this day. My question is, is his resident visa still be accepted if ever we will be planning to bring him back here in UAE? What are the procedures if ever?

  14. Hi Mr. Deepak

    I am planning to apply for my US tourist visa but my visa is due in November and the US consulate is requiring their visa applicants to have 6 months validity of their UAE visa. I would like to ask if how soon can I renew my UAE working visa? Can I renew it 3-6 months prior to the expiration? Thank you and have a good day!

  15. Hi Everyone,

    Need a urgent inquire, My wife and daughter visa is getting expired , last time I renewed it by showing my brother company tenancy contract with NOC and it got Approved.. just want to know will it will get approved this time or not,

  16. Hello,

    My visa expires on June 6, 2016 and am planning to go home to Philippines by July 15 to prepare for my wedding. I was hoping we can renew it by now before Ramadan starts. But my madam said we will renew it on the 19th of June. Now I am worried. Will I have enough time? Will my visa be renewed and released before July 15 if we’re only gonna renew it on the 19th of June?

  17. Hi,
    My residency visa is a diplomatic visa.
    I have university and will be back to the UAE on July 30th, but my visa expires on July 15th.. is this a problem? what can I do?

  18. My UAE Abu Dhabi residence visa will be expired on 20/8/2016, but i am going on vacation during June for 2 months. It is possible to renew my visa by june first week (2nd june).

    how many months prior we can renew the visa.

  19. Hi
    how much salary required for child visa renewal.My labour contract is not amended with the current salary

    I can submit my salary certificate. is it ok

  20. Hi Deepak,

    I am living in Dubai. I have a dependent visa which expires in November.I am planning to go to India in June for my higher studies and will not be back till December. Will it be a problem?How long should I wait before I can renew? My father says I will have to come in September to the UAE, in case I’m leaving the country without renewing it. Please clarify as soon as possible.
    Thank you!

  21. Hi deepak

    I can go for medical test for renewal of my visa before one month expiry of visa

  22. Hi.. I am the sponsor of my daughter’s visa, and its due for renewal but the thing is we are living in my husbands company accommodation. how to proceed in renewal?

    1. Hi deepak,
      i need your immediate effort, i need to renew my child visa, i am the only sponsor and my visa is in dubai, i am living out side of dubai, i.e ajman. my kid’s visa is in dubai, for my kids visa renewal purpose i have to show the tenancy contract, but i am living one of my friends rented villa without his objection, (taking his permission)
      so my asking- can i renew my kids visa without tenancy contract or if i show of my friend’s tenancy contract, will it be accepted or not. if my friends provide me no objection letter for living his house.

      please your early reply is very much appreciable, cause of i am very much worried about it.


  23. Hi deepak,

    My dubai residence visa expires on 1-June-2016. I have just delivered outside UAE. I would like to know how early should I enter UAE and start the renewal process ? Is it okay if I plan to enter by 28- May?
    Also, if my baby needs a visit visa does the birth certificate need to be attested ??
    Thanks for the information!

    1. HI Bina did u get any reply on this coz same is happening with my wife also as her residence visa is going to expire on 13 nov 2016 can she travel on 12th nov 2016 to UAE from india?

  24. hi Deepak my storie is my husband got a permanent job here in uae and my husband is my sponser and babys but because we had a medical case and other problems my visaen daughters expired so we overstayed so i know we need to pay fines my quiestion to you is what is the requierment of renewing my permit visa and residince visa

  25. Dear Sir. My wife and Daughter visa is expired and 2 month overstay. How much fine will come. can i renew my wife and daughter visa with fine. Kindly advise

  26. Hello deepak. My wife went india on june 26th 2014 for delivery. After baby born for some reasons she couldn’t come back to dubai. (Almost 2 years absence) she is having 3 year visa. Here my question is can i apply visa cancellation for my wife with her pasaport copy. 2. Can i pay a fine for her absence, in order to utilise remaining period of visa. Kindly please give a rply for my query. Thanks in advance.

  27. Hi,
    I am sreeja.My and son visa expire on
    2016 feb.2(visa sponsor Husband). How much price for visa renewal and Emirates ID fees?

  28. Hi i would like to ask alot regarding on visa renewal and insurance.

    My 2 kids is with us here in abu dhabi. We had their visa last feb.2014 without insurance provided. And it time to renew the visa now. My problem is my husband’s company won’t give the salary certificate easily. And the original labour contract that is with us is from the first contract he had is since 2013. My kids has no insurance from the first application of visa..because the company said they wont give any insurance to the kids or wife. My questions are:

    1. Is the old labour contract will do in renewal or we need both salary certificate and labour contract for renewal?

    2. Regarding on insurance can we just get the lowest insurance from daman. My husband’s insurance is high

    3. Tenancy contract is with my mother-in-law’s name. Same tenancy contract we use from last application. Can we still use it?

    4. Any possibility that i can sponsor my kids if all the requirement of my husband will not be provided?

    Thank you. I hope you can reply.

  29. yes u can. 1 month before expiration u can be able to renew. you can call the immigration for all your queries. 800-5111

  30. Really need some advice!!!My visa expires at 12/12/2015 . I just got from my embassy my new passport( so l couldn’t renew it before!)
    I have to leave at 5/12 and will be back 4/1/2016. So I am asking if
    A) it’s ok to d the whole process after I come back? Can I enter with tourist visa or does the 30 days count even if you exit the country?
    B) start the process now and finish it when I will come back(is that possible?!)
    I am a European citizen..

  31. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    My visa will be cancelled in 1 month, my daughter is sponsored under my visa,already left the country 2 years ago,but i did not cancel her visa here in dubai. How much fine will I pay to process the cancellation?


  32. Hi
    I am working in security company
    My visa will expire in January 16
    Is it possible to apply now?
    If yes then how long it will take for renewal?

  33. My husband visa is about to expire by march 2016 and mine by april 2016. I had come to india for delivery and my son is now 4 mths old.will my son get a dependant visa considering my husbands visa expiry by march.My husbands company will be renewing his visa only by is there any time frame as such that he can sponsor the kid only if his visa has minimum validity of 6 mths or so

  34. My husband visa is about to expire by march 2016 and mine by april 2016. I had come to india for delivery and my son is now 4 mths old.will my son get a dependant visa considering my husbands visa expiry by march.My husbands company will be renewing his visa only by is there any time frame as such that he can sponsor the kid only if his visa has minimum validity of 6 mths or soĺ

  35. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    A follow-up question reagrding my query last 09/Oct/2015, you mean I need to get the Original Passport of my Sons then process the cancellation or passport copy and visa page will be enough?

    Your swift reply is very much appreciated.

    Thank you,

    JR Mendoza

  36. Hi,
    I recently got a job offer from fujairah hospital(British hospital) but I didn’t see a hospital like that in your list can u just tell me if a hospital with this name exists?

  37. Hi,

    My wife and son’s visa will expire this coming October 28, 2015. I’m about to start filing for their residence visa but I’m still waiting for my tenancy contract. I am living here in Sharjah. My landlord told me that the contract is still under process at Municipality. It’s been almost 2 weeks now.
    Do I still need the ejari for this or the contract will be attested already from Municipality?

    Thank you.

    1. Aldrin,
      I am not sure about Sharjah. Ejari is for Dubai. I think in Sharjah, Municipality provides attestation.

  38. Hi, I have a query on renewal of my wife’s visa.

    My visa expires on November 10, 2015, and my wife’s visa expires in January 2016. I have already applied for my new Emirates ID and visa through my employer.

    Can I apply to renew my wife’s visa now, or should I wait for my new visa to come?

    My wife plans to go to India for 3-4 months in December.

    Also, is it necessary for my wife to be in UAE when I renew her visa? I was planning to go with her to India, then I could bring her passport back and get new visa, and then I can take the passport back to India with me.

    1. Anupam,
      You should have your visa stamped prior to renewing your wife’s visa.
      It is necessary for her to be here to do the medical for the renewal of the visa.

  39. Hi Mr. Deepak,

    I have 2 son’s under my sponsorship the younger his still living with me while the elder one was send back home for schooling reason last April 2015. We are planning to settle for good back home on Dec 2015 by then my elder son is outside the UAE for more than 6 months. In this case do I need to cancel his visa or it will be automatically cancelled?

    1. Mendoza,
      It is better to officially cancel, in order not to face any problems in the future.
      He need not come here personally. get his passport and cancel the visa. Let the typist know that your son is out of country.

  40. I need to apply for residence visa for my newborn daughter in October.
    Mine and my wife’s residence visa expires in November.
    Do I need to renew our visas first or can I do it after I bring my daughter here?

  41. Hi

    Is it necessary to submit the attested Birth certificate for my children’s Visa Renewal.


  42. Can i do medical test for renew my visa from sharjah bcoz i live in sharjah but my visa is from dubai.

    1. Fatima,
      Sorry for the delay in replying. I was out of station for couple weeks.
      I am not sure about this. It mostly is possible. But please check first.

  43. Dear Deepak,
    My wife’s visa is expiring on 29th Oct. 2015.
    As you have written above, I can get her visa renewed only one month in advance.
    She has to travel to India in the mid-month of September and will be staying there for more than 3 months. I want to get the visa renewed in more than one month advance (say, in next one week or so), where from I can get the permission, what is the procedure of it? Will the immigration officer ask for any kind of particular document for this early visa renewal application, if yes, what is that?
    Please let me know.
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Ravi,
      Sorry for the delay in replying. I was out of station for couple weeks.
      You need to approach immigration and request for special consideration of the case.
      I am not sure what document they will request. It will be normal document; think you require higher authority permission for this.

    2. There are no rules for renewing the visa in advance, nor will you be asked for any special document.
      You will only lose the time period till which the visa is valid, because the date which will be stamped on your new visa will be the date of your application.

  44. Hello.
    My visa is expiring in march 2016 n I am a uae resident studying abroad  I m coming in december 2015 for the 6 months entry for the visa and that’s the only time I can come for a week. Is there a special way or possibility to renew my visa in December than one month before expiry because during February to march are exam season n it’s very inconvenient to come n also pointless to come in February 2016 again when I will go to uae on December 2015. Please, I need a solution to this as soon as possible. This has been worrying me so much. Plz reply to this ASAP.

  45. Hello.
    My visa is expiring in march 2016 n I am a uae resident studying abroad I m coming in december 2015 for the 6 months entry for the visa and that’s the only time I can come for a week. Is there a special way or possibility to renew my visa in December than one month before expiry because during February to march are exam season n it’s very inconvenient to come n also pointless to come in February 2016 again when I will go to uae on December 2015. Please, I need a solution to this as soon as possible. This has been worrying me so much.

    1. Shama,
      You could take special approval from the Immigration for this purpose.
      Keep all your documents ready and present to immigration officer.

  46. Hi,
    I am in sharjah,I have to renew my wife and child visa before september15,2015 as it the expiry date of visa for them.My landlord has increased the rent after 2 years and my house contract expires this 6th August.we still have one year,rent should not be hiked for 3 years in sharjah that we know.

    We need tenancy contract for visa renewal.If I pay rent directly to sharjah municipality, will they give tenancy contract?

    1. This is a late reply but might help readers.

      For the above issue, the rent has to be paid to the Real Estate Company/Landlord directly who will in return hand over the tenancy contract to you, which you can take to Sharjah Municipality and get it attested for 2% of your annual rent as fees.

      You cannot pay the rent to Sharjah Municipality directly as they are not the owner of your building.

  47. I just want to ask where can I apply my health card I m on underhusband visa. But, the problem my husband he don t have health card also. Please give some health insurance office to apply my insurance card.

    Thank you

  48. My wife visa expires in dec 2015 . How early can I renew her visa. Can I do it in July itself

    1. Alber,
      Usually it is allowed to renew before one month to expiry.
      But if you have a special request, you could approach immigration for the same.

  49. Hi,
    My wife went to india for delivery, his visa going to expire on November and also she can’t travel before the date, pls. clarify renewal is possible without her or i have to cancel and apply a new visa.

  50. Hi Deepak,

    My UAE visa expired on 11/07/2015 , our PRO has already applied for newal 2 weeks ago but not yet through.
    How many days does it take for renewal ? I have plan to travel Oman on Eid Holidays.


    1. Ritesh,
      Usually renewal should not take more than a couple of days provided you have completed medical and Emirates ID renewal.
      I am not sure why it is taking this long!

  51. Hi,

    how long does it take for processing visa renewal during the month of Ramadan?

    1. Ganesh,
      The whole process could take couple of days as you have to do medical, emriates id renewal and stamping of visa.

  52. Hi deepak
    My visa is expiring on August 16 .my husband’s visa renewal is in process,but as it is done by his company we don know when will we receive it.I need to travel to India before 23 july as my exams are there.can I get my visa renewed within one day if all the papers are ready and please let me know the validity of medical fitness certificate

    1. Shabana,
      You will have to undergo medical examination, emirates id renewal typing prior to renewing the visa.
      This might take upto 3 days. You need to keep this in mind before your travel plans.

  53. Dear Deepak,

    My son is now 18 years old and is working in Europe during the winter season. He returns back to Dubai for a three to four month period during the summer season and therefore each month I have to do the usual visa run. Can you let me know if it is possible to get him a multi-entry visa which would cover him for that period of time to save on the visa run every month. He is a British passport holder.

    Many thanks and regards in advance,


    1. Darren,
      Yes, Multiple entry visas are available and you could apply directly with immigration.
      However, for British passports, it is visa on arrival for 40 days.
      However, I am not sure what is the max validity on the multiple entry visas.

  54. Hi,
    My daughter visa has expired and now in the grace period, however I now live in Qatar and would like to keep UAE visa as we will make our way back t UAE at some stage. Mine will expire in March next year will need renewing. Essentially looking for double RP, which I have in Qatar.

    Can this be done ? and how does one go about doing this?


    1. Martin,
      You need to have all the documents before renewing your dependants visa ie salary certificate, business income(if selfemployed), tenancy contract(Ejari) and so on.
      Without this, the visa can not be renewed.

  55. Hi, my question is since I renew my passport last month and at the same time I changed my status from single to married, however my status on my residence visa was single then my visa will expired on this coming December so any information just I want to know?

  56. hai deepak,

    my visa is getting over by this july 13th 2015 its urgent and as you have mentioned in ur several comments ma parents have tried to renew it a month before itself but there is some probs with the tenancy contract … we are dealing it with an agent and he says thers no need of a house sketch for ejari contract but since iam on ma fathers visa… my dads company PRO has asked for the house’s original sketch with the owners original bathaka…. it would b so kind if u let me know wat are the things required for this so called tenancy contract …. if not required wer shall this ejari contract be attested fully in ras al khaimah?

    1. Masutha,
      On normal occasions Ejari would be enough.
      But, the immigration may request any document as they may want.
      Therefore, you should listen to what your PRO says.
      Why is your PRO renewing your visa? Your father could go to immigration and get this done.

  57. Hello I need ur immediate daughters visa renewal date was Jun 11th and i applied for renewal of visa but some prob in tenancy contract her visa got cancelled (her visa got cancelled today )so I just want to check that we r going to india on 27 June so in immigration they will take any action against the cancelled visa.can pls advice me

    1. Ashwathi,
      Carry the cancellation documents with you when you go to immigration.

  58. Hello,

    My daughter’s visa expires on 16 Aug 2015. How early can I apply for a renewal?


    1. Jeff,
      You could apply for it 1 month before the expiry.
      But if there is any special case, there may be exceptions.

  59. my family members in there in india due to some reason I did not bring them before expire visa, it is almost two month after expire.
    so kindly tell me how to renew again for residence visa. I am working in govt sector.

    1. Deepak thanks for valuable info,
      so there is no cancellation required the previous visa which is expired already.

      1. Salim,
        Technically it is required to cancel the visa by typing an application and submitting to immigration if you are in UAE.
        But if you are outside UAE for 6 months continuously, the visa gets cancelled automatically.

  60. Hi Deepak,

    could you please inform the procedure of taking the permanent residence visa for my mother in law .i am working in dubai and my wife and child is staying with me


  61. Hi Deepak,

    I am on my husband’s sponsorship & my visa expires on 27th Nov’15. I will be leaving to India mid of August. Do I have to enter UAE some fixed no. days prior to visa expiry or can I enter on say 25th Nov’15?

    Kindly let me know.

    Thanks in advance…

      1. Hi Deepak,

        Thanks… So in the best case scenario, it should be fine if I return by 29th Oct’15 as renewal can be done only a month prior to visa expiry.

  62. Hi Deepak,

    I have Abu Dhabi Visa and my spouse visa expires on Sept 15, 2015. I need to travel to my hometown on July 3-4th week. Will i be able to renew my spouse visa 1.5 months earlier before the expiry date.


    1. Rijosh,
      Usually the visa can only be approved 1 month prior to expiry.
      However, exceptions are provided. You will need to directly talk to immigration authorities.

  63. Hi Deepak,

    I am on my husband’s sponsorship and I need to renew my residence visa which expires in October 2015.
    Is it possible to renew it before the deadline date(as I’m leaving to canada for further studies and i need to renew it atleast for 6 months)?
    Is there an express renewal system (i.e within a day or 2)?


    1. Aliya,
      I don’t think under normal circumstances that is possible.
      But if you have special requirements, the Authorities may give an exception.
      Yes, there is Urgent renewals which can happen within a day if you do medical, emriates id renewal typing etc.

  64. Do we still have to go through the typing centre to apply for visa renewals for self and family.
    Is it nor possible to do this directly online ???

    1. Akash,
      By online do you mean, immigration website?
      If there is such a facility, yes why not??
      However, it is better to go through typing centre.

  65. What is the minimum salary for renewing the faimily visa. If someone, is having less than the minimum salary, what is procedure and formalities for renewing their visas?

    1. KT,
      If you do not fit certain criteria, how were you able to get visa in the first place?

  66. Hi,

    What is the procedure for renewing child’s visa (under 5 yrs). I stay in sharjah…

    1. Narendra,
      You will type the application and submit the documents to the authorities.
      Documents will be: passport copy of the sponsor, passport copy and original of the child, birth certificate and marriage certificate attested, valid tenancy contract and any other documents as required by the authorities.

  67. Hi Deepak
    Great job.
    As everyone else I need your help too. My mother in law resident visa expires on 22 June 2015 and my tenancy contract will expire on 11th August 2015. Could you please let me know if there is any problem to extend my MIL visa with the same tenancy contract? Thank you so much and appreciate your help.

  68. Hi Deepak, just want to confirm do I need to show my original Ejari bill or I could give copy only without showing the original bill?
    Thanks for the help

    1. Marife,
      You will need to show original Ejari and also have the copy of the Ejari on the file documents.

  69. Dependant visa expiring on 15th. oct. 2015 Can i renew in end may 2015. …5 months early

    1. Nishu,
      No, I do not think so.
      You can only renew one month to expiration.
      However, if there is any special case, your case might be accepted!

  70. Hello I need your help Mr. Deepak, my wife and daughter insurance finished I not renewed now 8 month how much I will get Fine ? PPlease give me the idea and solutions… tnx

    1. Praveen,
      There is no fine on not having insurance. However, I highly recommend that you subscribe to one.

  71. Hi Deepak,

    I urgently need your help. I am leaving the country tonight as I an going to Hong Kong for a 3 days tour. However my visa will expire on 17th of June. Will there be any problem in the Immigration or can I leave the country even if my visa is expiring next month? Please advise. Thank you.

  72. hi deepak,

    is it necessary to have the tenancy contract attested, even if my work contract is showing that the accommodation is “company provided”?


  73. Hi..
    I am working in a Private company with valid Employment visa and currently i have Tenancy Contract (Expires on Nov,15) and wife Visa expiring next year. Now I would like to change my employment to new company. Should need to cancel my Tenancy Contract and my Wife’s Visa in order to cancel my visa. If it is not required what is the procedure to By-Pass it.

    Pls help me.

    1. Sathish,
      You do not need to cancel your tenancy contract. However, you might need to cancel your wife’s visa before you can cancel your visa.
      You can apply fresh visa for your wife once your new visa is stamped.

  74. Hi,
    My Abudhabi residence visa is expiring on 25th August. We are going to our native on 22nd June and will be back only in Sep. Can I get my visa renewed before I leave?

    1. Bhagi,
      Visas can only be renewed 1 month prior to the expiry.
      You could request earlier renewal through your company to the immigration Authorities.

  75. Hello Deepak,

    My wife’s visa is expiring on 16-May-2015, and I am planning to apply for renewal on 14 or 17-May-2015 as I am waiting for her insurance card. Will it be okay? or I have to face any penalty?

    Thanks & Regards

  76. my visa has expired on April 29 and is under process for renewal, my question is that i took my wife and child visa after 1 year since i was here so the expiry on their visas is one year later than mine,
    so should i have to renew their visas too with mine or those will be renewed after one year?????????????

    1. Zeeshan,
      You will renew their visas when they are about to expire and not currently.

  77. my visa is expiring in June I’m planning to go for vacation ,can i renew my visa before expiry?

    1. Hashmi,
      Usually immigration does not take visa application before 1 month from expiry.
      However, for special occasions, there may be possibility.

  78. Hi Mr. Deepak, my residence visa will expire on Oct.19, 2015 but i am planning to go on vacation together with my wife this August 19 and will be back here in dubai by Oct. 7 so my question is there a penalty if it will be renewed for less than 2 weeks left before the expiration date? How much will be the penalty? Thanks!

    1. Arvin,
      nothing like that. But it is advisable to renew with 30 days advance.
      However, no harm in what you do.

  79. i applied for schengen visa and i have to be in germany in july, my uae visa expires on the 6th of october, they need me to have 90 days on visa from the return date but i have around 5 months for to visa to get expired, how soon can i apply for the renewal??

    1. Ash,
      You could apply for renewal which will depend on your company.
      However, immigration accepts applications only 1 month to expiry.
      You need to explain your situation.

  80. Hello,
    My wife is under my sponsorship. Now her visa is expired on 17th april 2015. Still now, it’s not renewed. Process is going on. Ho long is the grace period. When the grace period ends?

      1. My name is praveen. But we dont have tenancy contract. So itz doing through an agent. Still not done yet. So any fine will come or if itz not done with in grace period itz a problem? Or she has to go out of the country?

        1. Praveen,
          Tenancy contract in your name is a must.
          If you apply for visa within weeks, I don’t think there is problem.
          But extended stay without valid visa is not recommended.

  81. Hi Deepak, My kids have applied for schengan tourist visa in mumbai and their residential visa expires on 15th of this month. I am currently in india. what will happen to my children visa? do they have grace period ? Can they enter the country after 15th of this month. the passports are with embassy right now.

    1. Poornima,
      There is no grace period for UAE Residence visa expiry. It needs to be renewed prior to expiry.
      You could enter UAE on tourist, visit visa. Transit visa could also be taken.
      You should have planned the whole thing prior to applying for the Schengen visas.

      1. No grace period? my wife’s visa is expired in this april 17th and still not renewed. So, there will be fine?

        1. Rakesh,
          You must apply within 30 days or else overstay fines will start accumulating which is around 25 dirhams per day.

  82. Hi deepak…..
    This is murali from abu dhabi.
    On 28 dec 2014, my wife went to india, due pregnancy… She will not able come until augest 2015… how to avoid cancelling of my wife residency visa. more than 6 months visa expiring. may 28 2014 afterwords my wife visa will be expire.
    To whom i contact to extent the visa for such a spl cases.

    1. Murali,
      I don’t think you can avoid the automatic cancellation unless the person visits UAE. And in your case, I think it is not possible.
      Please call up Abu Dhabi Immigration and enquire.
      Earlier, you would be able to reapply for visa.
      Now, I think this facility has been removed.

  83. hello Deepak…

    my query is – I am working in Abu Dhabi under my husband’s sponsorship , my brother is staying with me and his name also appearing in the tenancy contract as occupancy, can he renew his wife’s visa with that tenancy contract.

    kindly advice…

    1. Swati,
      I am not too sure about this.
      There should not be any problem, though!

  84. hi… I need your valued suggestion…urgently

    I have Abu Dhabi visa but my family staying in Dubai, so can I renew the dependent visa (wife) with Dubai tenancy contract ????

  85. Hi Deepak,i have cancelled my wifes residence visa on 16th march .Does the 30 days period of stay is counted from 16th …if she exits on 15th april will there be any fine .

  86. Hello Dipak,
    m from india & living in AbuDhabi As dependent on husband visa since last 2years. but recently some reason of fight with husband & i run away to india. Now my simple question is – is there any specific period that > if in that period > if i m not enter in uae a single time > then my dependent visa can b canceled ?? ( any period like 3/6/12 months ??)

    1. Mahek,
      If you are out of UAE for continuously for 6 months, your visa will expire automatically.

  87. Hi Deepak, I am on student visa from my institution and my grace period will end on march 25. Until now I don’t have my visa and passport.
    what will happen after the grace period is over, is there any fine or I will go back to my country?

    1. Usman,
      Yes, if you exceed grace period, you will pay 25 dirhams per day as fine.
      Better to exit as long term stay without visa will out you in watchlist/blacklist.

  88. My residence visa expires last mar 3,2015 and cancellation is on going with old company.they took my labor and emirates id last mar 10,2015.dues and indemnities still wasnt processed.

    If cancellation takes longer time before I get another visa from new sponsor then who will bear the fees of my overstay?
    Guide me Mr.Deepak.Thanks and more power.

    1. Rhoie,
      I guess, you will have to bear the fees of overstay unless your new company is willing to bear it.

  89. My friend visa expire 2 month ago but my sponer still did not renew her visa or cancel and police hold her coz of expire visa in this case she will release

  90. Dear Deepak , I was working in a company for 12 years under unlimited contract, they have terminated me stating that they are reducing the staff, after one month i find new job and i asked for my cancellation, now they are telling that the visa will be cancelled unless i signed the second termination letter which states that i was not performed well and i didn’t follow the procedures of the company. I was compelled to sign this letter to o get my cancellation, Would this effect my end of service benefits. usually this company is paying all end of service benefit after getting the new visa. Please advise me . thanks and regards.

    1. Murtaza,
      How hypocrite is your company? After 12 years they found out that you were not performing well??
      Sad to hear this.
      Your end of service will not be affected. In fact, you will receive more gratuity than if you had resigned.

  91. hello..i need ur immidiate response.
    actually my company terminate me after 8 months due to perfomance issue under unlimited contract so they cancelled my visa. can i know how many days i can stay in dubai after cancellation?
    and my return ticket should be paid by company or i have to arrange?

    need urgent

    1. Javaria,
      You may stay for up to 30 days in UAE.
      Your ticket must be provided by your company.

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