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Procedures of holding family visa while canceling Sponsor's visa-UAE


How can I hold my family visa while I change my visa to another company?

Please note that, in Dubai, this facility is subject to special approval from senior officer at Immigration head office, Jafliya or Al Tawar branch. Approval depends on your new Designation and Salary mentioned in the job offer letter. New salary should be Dh20,000 or above. Al Tawar branch will serve this facility till 2pm only.

If approved, Family visa can be held without canceling, while changing sponsor's visa to another company. Benefit of this facility is, dependents can continue their existing visa and you can avoid expense of Cancellation, Applying new visa, Status change, Medical, Emirates ID and Visa stamping.
If not approved, you will have to cancel dependents visa and apply new visa for them. read more

NOTE: You cannot hold family visa if they are out of the UAE on vacation.

STEPS TO FOLLOW

DUBAI TO DUBAI (MAINLAND):
If you are changing visa from a private company to another company in Dubai mainland, do the following steps:

Cancel your labour Card from Tas'heel Centre

Get job offer letter in Arabic from the new company

Take labour card cancellation receipt, Arabic offer letter, Labour Contract of your present company, Original passports of you and your family to Immigration head of office in Jafliya or Al Tawar Branch (Municipality Building). Pay Dh5020 as deposit.

Dh120 extra to be paid at Immigration as service charge for each dependent's Passport.

Immigration Department will issue a receipt for the deposited amount and family visa holding is done.

Now present company PRO can cancel your visa.

Apply for your new Work Permit and complete the procedures.

New company can't apply for your new work permit before you cancel your old labour card and visa in the passport.

Period of Visa holding is 30 days. After that fine will be charged.

Your dependents cannot travel during the visa hold period.

After get issued the Visa, you have to change Visa Status, apply for Medical, Emirates ID, labour contract and Visa Stamping.

Clear-hold:
show your new labour contract and new visa stamped passport at Immigration Department to refund the money.

REFUND PROCEDURES

Take original deposit receipt, your passport and new labour contract to Refund Counter at Immigration Head Office at Jafiliya.

Get no objection for refund seal from the counter and go to Dubai Commercial Bank (next to Immigration building) and collect the cash. Bank will charge Dh10 as commission.

FREE ZONE TO DUBAI (MAINLAND):
If you are changing visa from a Free Zone to Dubai mainland company, do the following steps:

Let the new company apply work permit for you
After the approval from Ministry of Labour, submit the work permit and appointment letter to Immigration Department and deposit Dh5020 to hold your dependents visa.

Dh120 extra to be paid at Immigration as service charge for each dependent's Passport.

Immigration Department will issue a receipt for the deposited amount and family visa holding is done.

Now present company PRO can cancel your visa.

Apply for your new Work Permit and complete the procedures.

Period of Visa holding is 30 days. After that fine will be charged. If the allowed period exceeded, the applicant cannot change status inside the country and he/she must exit and enter on new visa. In such case he/she can exit to Oman or home country after receiving the new visa (Fly Dubai package is available for visa change).

Your dependents cannot travel during the visa hold period.

After get issued the Visa, you have to change Visa Status, apply for Medical, Emirates ID, labour contract and Visa Stamping.

Clear-hold: show your new labour contract and new visa stamped passport at Immigration Department to refund the money.

CHANGING TO INVESTOR/PARTNER VISA: If you are changing to Investor/Partner Visa, type the application, get seal and signature of sponsor, submit the application at the immigration Head Office, Jafliya, pay Dh670 to issue visa inside the country, Dh5020 as refundable deposit to hold dependants visa and Dh120 service charge for each dependent's Passport.

Investor/Partner Visa holder needs to show his/her new visa stamped passport only to refund the money.

Family visa needs to renew only at the time of its expiry. No need transfer.

Family visa holding is not allowed if the applicant is shifting to different emirate.

REFUND PROCEDURES

Take original deposit receipt, your passport and new labour contract to Refund Counter at Immigration Head Office at Jafiliya.

Get no objection for refund seal from the counter and go to Dubai Commercial Bank (next to Immigration building) and collect the cash. Bank will charge Dh10 as commission. 

IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE ABOVE CATEGORY (Cancel Dependent's visa and apply new)
If you are changing visa from Dubai mainland to mainland company, you can follow below mentioned steps:

Cancel your dependents visa first from Immigration. They can stay here 29 days after cancellation without fine if the present visa is not expired at the time of cancellation

Now your present company can cancel your own visa and let your new company apply work permit for you. You can stay here 29 days after cancellation without fine if the present visa is not expired at the time of cancellation

After completion of all payments of Ministry of Labour, pay inside the country fee for Immigration. Dh650 is the extra fee to get visa inside the country

Type Status Change form from Typing Centre and pay Dh510 (service charge extra)

Do medical test, type labour contract from Tas'heel Centre and submit the Contract at Tas'heel Centre after signing employee and employer. If you pay Dh53 extra at Tas'heel Centre you can collect your labour contract by next working day from the same Tas'heel Centre.

eDNRD Online: Submit visa stamping application through www.ednrd.ae, track application status, after approval, Call Zajel on
800 21111 to collect the documents. After two days Zajel will deliver your visa stamped passport.

This service is available at Typing Centre if your company has user ID & password. Fee: Dh370 (Typing charge extra).

Urgent: Submit the application through www.ednrd.ae, track application, after approval take the documents to any GDRFA branch for visa stamping. read more

eDNRD Help Desk: 04-3139911 or  Toll-free number 800 5111

Family Visa: Now you can apply for family/dependents visa and change their status inside the country without exit.

Immigration Main Branch
Bur Dubai, Karama
Nearest Metro Station: Jafliya (Redline)

Immigration Call Center: 800 5111

Al Tawar,
Municipality Centre Branch
Al Towar, Qusais, Opposite Al Towar Mall
Phone: 04-707 5162
Timing: 7:30 to 8pm

Family Visa Holding in Sharjah: You should show labour quota approval in the name of new company to prove that your proposed profession is eligible for family visa.  
You can hold even if you transfer your visa to different emirate.
Deposit Amount Dh 5010
Dh20 will be deducted at the time of Refund
To Al Ain: If you are transferring from Sharjah to Al Ain, you should not hold family family visa because Al Ain Immigration will not accept transfer form. You should cancel the existing visa and apply for new family visa in Al Ain.

Address of Tas'heel Centers in Dubai

Al Nukhba Business Centre
Matar Plaza, Qusais, Near Mai Tower
Tel. 04-259 9990
Immigration Counter also available there

Estemarat Services
Muraqabat Street, Opp. Coral Deira Hotel
Tel. 04-704 4900
Economic
Department (DED) Service also available

OnTime Business Solutions
Oud Metha Road
Tel. 04-397 7776
DED Service also available

Itqan Businessmen Services

Opp. Al Mulla Plaza, Tel. 04-232 7333

Tas'heel Business Centre
Ground Floor, Al Tawar Centre
Tel. 04-263 5588

Al Reaya Services
Near Oasis Centre
Sheikh Zayed Road
Tel. 04-346 7991

Mu'amala Businessmen Service Center
First Floor, Hyat Regency Hotel, Near Shindaga Tunnel, Dubai
Tel. 04-250 5566

DXB Businessmen Services
First Floor, Al Khail Mall, Al Qouze-4, Dubai
Tel. 04-321 3000

Tas'heel Centre Timing: Saturday to Thursday 7:30am to 7:00pm
Tel. 04-283 8800
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