Going to have a baby in the UAE? Congratulations! Let’s give you some important guidance about the right steps you must take to make the whole childbirth experience hassle-free and pleasant.
Having health insurance ready
Before delivery, it’s essential that you have your health insurance ready, which is in fact mandatory for holders of Dubai and Abu Dhabi visas. Having health insurance will reduce childbirth, pre-natal, and post-natal expenses significantly.
Working women must ensure that the maternity leave is applied for with their managers. They must also handover the work properly before going on leave.
Getting a birth certificate
Residents in the UAE must register their child’s birth with the UAE within 30 days of birth. In case the parents are of different nationalities, the child will get the nationality of the father. Upon childbirth, the hospital will give a stamped and signed notification of birth.
While government hospitals will issue a birth certificate for children born in private hospitals, the parents will have to apply for a birth certificate to the Dept. of Health in Abu Dhabi or the Ministry of Health & Prevention. The birth notification from the hospital must be presented for this.
Documents to submit for a birth certificate
No matter where in the UAE did the birth take place, the following documents will have to be submitted to get a birth certificate:
- Original marriage certificate
- Electronic notification of birth from the hospital where the birth took place
- Copies and originals of the passports of the child’s parents
- Copies and originals of Emirates IDs of the child’s parents
If the birth happened in the UAE while the father was a non-resident of the UAE or has been outside the country, the following documents will have to be submitted additionally:
- A letter from the embassy that indicates the father’s nationality or
- Attested copy of the husband’s passport or
- The husband’s statement attested by the embassy of his country and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE that confirms that he is the father of the child
The cost incurred will be Dh50.
Online application for a birth certificate
Rather than approaching a MOHAP (Ministry of Health & Prevention) service center, you can apply for a birth certificate online via MOHAP’s website. The cost involved is Dh65.
Attestation of birth certificate
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation will attest the birth certificate. The attestation can be applied for via notary public or a typing center. The cost involved is Dh150.
Passport, Emirates Id, and Residence visa for the new-born child
UAE residents must arrange for formal documents like passport, Emirates ID, and residence visa for their new-born babies within 120 days of birth. If the residence visa application is not taken up and finalized within 120 days, Dh100 will be charged to the resident every day above the 120-day period.
How to get an Emirates ID and Residence visa
There are few steps to getting Emirates ID and Residence visa for the new-born child.
Step 1 – Visiting an Amer center
While you should visit an Amer center in Dubai, in the rest of the UAE, you can visit a typing center. There, you can apply online for the ID and visa via the Federal Authority for ICA.
The following documents will have to be submitted:
- Original birth certificate of the child that’s attested
- Copy of yours and your spouse’s passport that has a valid residence visa stamped on it
- Passport-size photo of the child
- Original Emirates ID of the sponsor
- A copy of your registered tenancy contract
The Amer services start processing the application and will send you an e-visa within 48 hours. This will reach you on your registered email.
You will have to meet the following expenses:
- Charges for file opening – Dh269
- Normal e-visa – Dh500
- Entry permit – Dh1,170
- Change of Status per person – Dh670
Step 2 – Applying for Emirates ID
To get an Emirates ID application drafted at an Amer centerand apply with the ICA, you will need the following documents you will have to submit:
- Emirates ID application of the child
- Your original Emirates ID
- Photo of your family members
The charges incurred will be:
- Dh270 for a 2-year visa
- Dh370 for a 3-year visa
Step 3 – Get health insurance
This is mandatory in Dubai. It’s called Essential Benefits Plan in Dubai.
Step 4 – Get the visa stamped
Finally, you must get your child’s visa stamped on the passport. Again, for that, you have to visit an Amer center or a typing center. You will need the following documents:
- Original passport of the child
- Emirates ID application
- Your/Sponsor’s original Emirates ID
- Health insurance papers
At this stage you will have to spend:
- Dh460 for a regular application (stamping is done in 3 to 4 working days)
- Dh 560 for an urgent application (stamping is done on the same day, that can be collected at the immigration service center)
Zajel, the authorized courier service, will call you to collect your passport. An SMS with the Zajel airway bill number will be sent to your registered mobile number. After stamping, you will get your passport back.
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