Before applying visa for stepchildren, you need to first check at the
department if the application will be approved as questions regarding
guardianship of the children must be addressed and cleared.
The application will first have to be approved by the director-general
of the department.
Legal custody: The question of custody of children must be approved by the court in
the mother's country and also by the UAE Embassy and Foreign Ministry
in her home country. The mother must show proof that she has legal
custody of her children from her former husband.
The man who wishes to sponsor his wife's son or daughter must submit
to the department a no objection letter from the father of the
children that he agrees that his son or daughter can be sponsored by
their stepfather who lives in the UAE.
The letter must be approved and be legally binding and should be
signed by the proper authority in the child's home country. It should
also be approved by the UAE Embassy in the country of the child and
also by the foreign ministry.
The father or the child or the guardian must state in the letter that
he does not have any objection to the son or daughter shifting to the
UAE and being sponsored by their stepfather.
If the father of the child is dead and the mother remarried, the
grandparents or relatives of the child must give the no-objection
letter in accordance with the law in their own country.
All documents must be official, legal and approved from the concerned
If the former husband of the wife or his family members are living in
the UAE, the wife should obtain proof of custody from the court and a
no-objection letter from the father of her children or from his family
or their legal guardians.
• A woman cannot sponsor her former
husband's children unless she falls in the
category who can sponsor
her own family, such as a working mother.
GDRFA can allow her to
sponsor her stepson or stepdaughter on humanitarian grounds which is
decided by the head of the department.
• If the sponsored child is under 18
years, the application must include the birth certificate in addition
to all needed documents. Birth Certificate should be
attested by UAE Embassy in home
country and UAE Foreign Affairs in UAE.
For attestation requirements,
Call: +97150-744 7833.
• All children must go to school if they
are of school age and should be enrolled in an educational
• If the sponsored stepson is over 18
years, you need to submit a certificate from an authorised education
• If you wish to sponsor your stepdaughter
and she is over 18 years, she should be enrolled in an authorised
educational institution here and that educational institution must
• To sponsor stepchildren, the man's
salary must be over Dh6,000 including accommodation.
Copy of the sponsor's
passport; Salary Certificate / labour contract, Tenancy Contract with
registration Certificate, Electricity Bill, Child's passport copy and
Affidavit: The stepfather should also submit a
document saying that he will financially support the children. It
attested by his Embassy/Consulate here.
• Fees for Entry Permit Application
Dh360 for each child (typing charge extra).
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