How To Keep Family Visa While Changing Your Job in UAE?

If you are planning to move jobs, transfer your visa from one sponsor to another having your family under your sponsorship, you do not need to worry. The UAE’s immigration authorities have provided the option of a hold service where you can keep your dependent’s visa on hold until you transfer your visa from your existing sponsor to the new sponsor. The visa can be put on hold for a maximum of 60 days.

You can apply for this service :

  1. by visiting an Amer service center in Dubai or
  2. at the service center of the Federal Authority for Identity and citizenship (ICA) in any other emirate.

What is the process of placing family visa on hold?

The procedure is simple:

Step 1: Your labor card needs to be canceled by your existing employer.

Step 2: Visit an Amer centre or an ICA customer happiness centre and place in the request for putting your family visa on hold.

Step 3: Cancel your existing employment visa.

Step 4: Send the cancellation request to your new employer and Request to process your new residence visa application

Step 5: Once it is stamped, you can remove the hold on your family’s visa.

Once you submit your new residence visa copy to the Amer or ICA center The deposit amount will then be refunded.

What are the documents required to hold family visa in Dubai?

If you are transferring sponsorship between a mainland company to another mainland company, these are the documents you would need to submit:

  1. Holding application
  2. Labour cancellation documents from current employer
  3. New company offer letter from MOHRE (salary and profession)
  4. Sponsor and dependents’ original passport & Original Emirates ID

The residence visa for the sponsored should have a minimum validity of 3 months

The visa can be put on hold for a maximum of 60 days.

Fees for keeping your family visa on hold:

  • Holding application – Dh75
  • Refundable deposit – Dh2,500
  • Each passport’s holding fee – Dh141

If the hold is lifted before 60 days, the deposit amount will be refunded. Otherwise, the amount will be lost.

A security deposit is not required when holding the visas of family members of Golden Visa holders.

Transfering your family visa from Freezone to mainland:

  • Holding application
  • End-of-service document
  • New company offer letter from MOHRE
  • Sponsor and dependents’ original passport


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