Tenancy contract still needed for residence renewal in Dubai and Northern Emirates

An attested copy of the tenancy contract and utility bill in the name of the sponsor is still needed in Dubai and the northern emirates for residence visa renewal, a top source at the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) clarified to Emirates 24|7 on Tuesday afternoon.

The DNRD and Immigration Departments in the northen emirates received from the UAE Ministry of Interior a notice dated 15 May 2012 confirming the current procedure.

Until Tuesday afternoon, no further communication had bene received amending the 15th May notice.

After receiving the 15th May communication, we set up a section to verify the house contract and utility bills. The section is working smoothly and checks the number of rooms in the sponsor's house with the number of dependents listed in the immigration department, said the source.

The 2-point notice dealt with renewal residence visas for expatriates and stated that they have to bring Rent or Tenancy Contract and the last bill from the electrocity and water supplier from the emiarte where they stay.

These have to be in the name of the sponsor.

The second point said dealt with sponsors family and dependents in the first degree such as wife, children, borther, parents, sister etc and housemaids.

Their details such as passport number, place and date of issue and expiry have to be included in the application form.

The source believes that the news reports are incorrect which say tenancy contract requirement has been cancelled in Abu Dhabi.

He said any decision taken by the ministry is taken after studies and research as the issue deals with 203 nationalities, their cultures and way of life.

He said the 15th May decision is logical. "If anyone wants to bring in their father, mother or sisters and brothers, they must have enough rooms to live in. There is no logic to sposor a housemaid if there is no room in your house. It is also not logical or safe to bring in sisters or wives if the accommodation is being shared with other men," he pointed out.

The residence visa renewal requires phtocopies of the passports of the sponsor and the person; salary certificate; tenancy contract, utility bill.

the tenancy contract mnust excplain how many rooms the house has. Both the rent/tenancy contracta nd utility bill has to be attested by the respective municipality and utility service provider of the emirate where the sponsor lives.

In humanitarian cases, for those who workin Dubai Government, the salary has to be not less than Dh9,000 plus accommodation. They also have to have bank statement of 3 recent months; the house must have at least 2 rooms, utility bill plus a gurantee deposit of Dh5,000.

If the person is not related in first degree such as an uncle or aunt, a certificate proving the relationship must be provided.

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