Effective immediately, foreign nationals employed in Abu Dhabi who wish to sponsor family members for initial or renewal dependent residence permits must submit a Tawtheeq (a residential lease registered in Abu Dhabi) In support of the application.

Employees who cannot submit a Tawtheeq because they live in another Emirate (such as Dubai) may appeal to the humanitarian section to seek an exception to this rule.

Exceptions have in the past been granted:

  • where the employee provides an undertaking to move the family to Abu Dhabi (however this can result in a shorter one-year dependent visa);
  • where the employee works for a company which has another branch in the Emirate where the employee resides;
  • and in other sympathetic circumstances.

The processing of applications through the humanitarian section is purely discretionary and success will depend on the approval of the individual officer processing the application.


Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.