How to get residency for your baby in Dubai? Steps to apply online

If you just had a baby, you may be looking for the easiest way in which you can sort out all the paperwork that comes with getting a residency for your newborn.

In Dubai, you can apply for a new residence visa for your child by using the smart services platform offered by Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA). To use the service, you will need to make sure that you have the digital copies of your child’s identification documents, as well as your (or the sponsor’s) documents, too. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can complete the process.

Prepare your documents

You’ll need to seek your baby’s birth certificate and passport just after they’re born. It’s also beneficial to get your UAEPass account set up, because this connects your government-issued information to the application, making it easy to fill out just the additional information when you begin the procedure.

It’s a good idea to have electronic copies of all of these paperwork, and the documents of both parents, on hand when you’re ready to begin the visa application process.

List of required documents

– Child’s attested birth certificate. The birth certificate needs to be attested by the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC).

– Copy of your (sponsor’s) and spouse’s passport with valid residence visa stamped.

– Emirates ID copy of the sponsor

– Passport-sized photograph of the newborn baby.

– Attested marriage certificate of the parents.

– A copy of your registered tenancy contract

– Salary certificate or labour contract

Step by step process for a newborn’s online visa application in Dubai

  1. Visit
  2. Click on ‘Services’ from the top menu.
  3. Select ‘Residency services’. You will then be asked to log in using your GDRFA account or the UAE Pass.
  4. Once you log in, you will be directed to a personal dashboard, which has the details of your residency, as well as any dependents under your sponsorship.
  5. Click on ‘New application’ on the right hand corner of the screen.
  6. Under the dependents section, select ‘new applicant’ and check ‘New residence entry permit’ and click ‘apply’. You will then be directed to the application form.
  7. Enter your salary and Ejari number.
  8. Enter your child’s passport details.
  9. Enter the address details for Dubai as well as your home country.
  10. Click ‘continue’.
  11. You will then be asked to upload the following documents:
  12. Birth certificate
  13. Photograph of the child
  14. Salary certificate or labour contract
  15. Passport copy of the child
  16. Make the payment, as per the duration of the visa you have applied for. For a two-year visa, the total cost for the visa application would be around Dh2,300. (This does not include the Emirates ID cost).
  17. Once you have made the payment, you will need to confirm the collection date and time for the passport for the visa to be collected for stamping purpose.

Use typing center’s facilities

If you would rather pay a professional to complete the process for you rather than filing for the visa online, you can always go to a certified typing centre, where you can just provide the supporting paperwork and receive your passport back once the visa has been issued.

The entire process for obtaining a visa for a newborn baby takes seven to eight days. This consists of the application for an Emirates ID.

For Emirates IDs, neonatal registrants do not need a medical test or biometric data; instead, a parent can just approach the centre, give the relevant paperwork, and pay the fee, after which they will obtain an application receipt.

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