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UAE: Applying for Residency Visa, Birth Certificate for Newborns as Expats


In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the process of registering a newborn's birth and obtaining the necessary documents, including a residency visa, is outlined with precision to ensure compliance and streamline procedures for expatriates. Within the first 120 days following the birth, parents are mandated to register their child and acquire essential documentation to avoid incurring penalties. Known for its appeal as a family-friendly destination, the UAE attracts expatriates drawn by its safety, exemplary healthcare, educational standards, and abundant opportunities, making it an ideal choice for couples embarking on the journey of parenthood.

Navigating the process of registering a newborn in the UAE involves several steps, beginning with obtaining a birth certificate within 30 days of the child's birth. The UAE government mandates specific requirements for this documentation, including an attested Arabic translation of the parents' marriage certificate, copies of both parents' passports and residence visas, and detailed birth information from the hospital, along with the discharge summary. Notably, for expatriates, all birth certificates must undergo attestation by relevant authorities such as the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), with additional endorsements available from entities like the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DOH) or the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

The issuance of a birth certificate incurs a nominal fee of Dh60, with applications accepted online through the MoHAP website or in person at designated public health centers. Subsequently, expatriate parents must initiate the process of securing a residency visa, Emirates ID, and passport for their newborn within 120 days of birth. This crucial documentation ensures the child's legal status in the UAE and facilitates access to essential services and benefits.

To proceed with the residency visa application, expatriate parents must fulfill specific sponsorship requirements, including possessing a valid residence visa and meeting minimum income thresholds. Mothers seeking to sponsor their child's visa must obtain approval from the relevant authorities. Failure to obtain the residency visa within the stipulated timeframe incurs penalties of Dh100 per day, with restrictions on the child's ability to leave the country until the documentation is complete.

The residency visa application process necessitates the submission of various documents, including the child's passport and birth certificate, alongside the parent's identification. This can be completed online via the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) website or in person at an Amer center. Optional expedited services are available for an additional fee of Dh100, plus a knowledge and innovation fee of Dh10.

By adhering to these prescribed procedures, expatriate parents ensure the legal recognition of their child's birth in the UAE and pave the way for their seamless integration into society. The meticulous documentation requirements and streamlined application processes underscore the UAE's commitment to upholding regulatory standards while facilitating the needs of its diverse resident population.

Feb. 21, 2024 2:39 p.m. 2002

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