Are you expecting a child? Getting proper papers for your new arrival might be difficult. We understand, which is why we put together this guide on everything new parents need to know about applying for a passport, Emirates ID, visa, and infant birth certificate in the UAE.
UAE nationals can apply for a birth certificate for their baby using the integrated digital service Mabrouk Ma Yak. This service enables newborn Emiratis to acquire:
- A birth certificate
- An Emirates ID card
- Thiqa (insurance)
- His or her name is added to the Family Book
Users of Mabrouk Ma Yak get their newborn’s name entered to the country’s population registry.
NEEDS FOR A NEWBORN BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN MABROUK MA YAK
Within three months of the baby’s birth, the father must apply for the service. Additional conditions include:
- The father must be a UAE national with a validated UAE Pass account.
- His wife must be included in the family tree.
Only infants born in hospitals that are authorized to give the Mabrouk Ma Yak service are eligible. While opening a filing at an appropriate hospital, parents must provide the following documents:
- Family book
- Valid Emirates ID of both parents
- Marriage certificate (needed only if the child is a woman’s firstborn)
HOW DOES THE MABROUK MA YAK SERVICE WORK?
Parents must first contact the hospital if they intend to use Mabrouk Ma Yak to get identifying documents for newborn Emiratis. They must next do the following steps:
- Step One: Receive an SMS with a link to complete the process online.
- Step Two: Access the Mabrouk Ma Yak online portal, upload the baby’s picture and fill in the name.
- Step Three: Pay the online fee.
Upon completion of the final stage, the parent will get an SMS directing them to the General Directorate of Residence and Foreign Affairs (GDRFA). At the appointment, the original family book must also be produced, following which parents will acquire the necessary identity documents for their newborn kid.
Please keep in mind that birth certificates are issued by all UAE government hospitals. None the less, the procedure differs for infants born in private facilities.
A private institution will produce an Arabic “notification of birth” that is signed and stamped. For private births, parents may only seek for birth certificates through their emirate’s health authority or the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP).
THE APPLICATION PROCESS FOR A UAE PASSPORT FOR NEWBORNS
Emirati parents can apply for a newborn infant passport in the UAE by contacting the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs/Citizen Departments. People can also apply online through the website of the Ministry of Interior.
Expat residents must register a child’s birth in the UAE within 30 days of the child’s birth. If the parents are of different nations, the kid will take on the nationality of the father.
To get a birth certificate for their infant, parents must submit the following papers to the hospital of birth or the health authority of their emirate:
- Hospital discharge summary
- Hospital birth notification
- Attested marriage certificate (translated into Arabic if it is in another language)
- Original passport and residence visa of wife and husband
- Copies of both passports and residence visas
Furthermore, all expats must have birth certificates attested by these government establishments:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
- Ministry of Health and Prevention
Birth certificates stamped by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) or the Department of Health Abu Dhabi are equivalent to those stamped by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. Here are some elements to keep in mind while filing for a newborn birth certificate in the UAE:
- The formal documents for international residents in the UAE must be completed within 120 days of the child’s birth. The baby’s Emirates ID, passport, birth certificate, and visa are among them.
- When the ‘120-days’ time limit has expired, a penalty of AED 100 will be imposed every day. The youngster will also be barred from leaving the country.
- When the birth certificates have been authenticated, expatriate residents can apply for passports for their newborn kids through their respective foreign embassies in the UAE.
- It is best to schedule an appointment with your country’s embassy. Additionally, make sure you have all of the relevant documentation and criteria.
HOW TO APPLY FOR AN EMIRATES ID AND RESIDENCE VISA FOR A NEWBORN IN THE UAE
Expat parents can apply for their child’s UAE residence visa and Emirates ID at a typing center. The Federal Authority of Identification and Citizenship accepts online applications (FIAC). Parents in Dubai should go to their nearest Amer center.
The following documents are required to apply for an Emirates ID and a residency visa at an Amer Centre in Dubai:
- Copy of spouse’s and sponsor’s passport with valid and stamped residence visa
- Attested birth certificate of the baby (original)
- A copy of your registered tenancy contract
- A passport-sized photo of the newborn child (white background with the child’s eyes open)
- Emirates ID of the sponsor (original)
Amer services processes and delivers an e-visa in around two days. The visa will be sent to the email address you provided.
An Emirates ID may be created for your infant at an Amer Centre or an FIAC center. Please have the following papers on hand during the application process:
- Your original Emirates ID
- Emirates ID application of the newborn
- Family photograph with all members
The following step is to have your child’s residency visa stamped on his or her passport. This will also require a visit to an Amer or typing center with the following documents:
- Original passport of the newborn baby
- Health insurance documents
- Original Emirates ID of the sponsor
Check out how to register a child’s birth in Dubai for a more in-depth look. The visa will be returned to the applicant via the same courier service when it has been stamped.
Emiratis & expats alike may now apply online for their infant birth certificate in the UAE. MOHAP has launched a digital service that allows parents to get birth certificates in one working day. AED 60 will be levied as a small fee. But, depending on the payment option you use, you may be charged an extra cost.
PROCESS OF ONLINE APPLICATION
Here’s a step-by-step guide to applying for an online birth certificate through the MOHAP website.
APPLICATION VIA WEBSITE
- Send an SMS with the notification number and the location of the service provider
- Sign in to e-services, enter username and password and log in to the e-system
- Submit the application via the e-system and pay the fees of AED 60 online
- You can choose to get the certificate delivered or visit a public health centre in the emirate for verification and matching of original documents
- In case you’re using WhatsApp, the certificate will be issued electronically
APPLICATION VIA MABROUK MA YAK PACKAGE
Submit the application in the e-system
Pay the certificate insurance fee
The application will be sent to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship
APPLICATION VIA HOSPITAL OR PUBLIC HEALTH CENTRE
- Submit the application through the e-system and pay the fee
- The documents and original copies will be verified and the birth certificate will be issued
- Receipt of the certificate can be received by a parent or a representative
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR EMIRATIS
When applying for your newborn’s birth certificate online, you will need the following documents:
- Original and copy of parent’s marriage certificate (in case the marriage took place outside UAE, you will have to get your marriage certificate attested by the UAE embassy abroad and the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
- Original and copies of father’s and mother’s passports and identity cards
- The original and a copy of the family book (if the mother is not UAE national, her passport with the residency page is required)
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR EXPATS
Expats who apply for a birth certificate online must supply the following documents:
- Birth notification
- Marriage documents or documents of the declaration form the parents attributing the newborn to them certified by the embassy of their country
- ID cards or passports of the mother and father
When the birth certificate is complete, you may apply for the baby’s passport. UAE nationals can apply for their children’s passports through the General Directorate of Residency and the Departments of Foreigners Affairs/Citizenship. The Ministry of Interior’s website accepts online applications.
Please keep in mind that all expat residents must contact their respective embassy in the UAE to get a passport for their child.
HOW CAN YOU GET A BIRTH CERTIFICATE FOR A NEWBORN IF THE CHILD WAS BORN OUTSIDE THE UAE?
Using the birth certificate issued by the foreign country, UAE individuals can visit the nearest UAE Embassy. Parents are recommended to file for the UAE birth certificate within 30 days after the birth of their kid.
Whether an expat resident has a baby in their home country or abroad, they must get a birth certificate and apply for their newborn’s passport at the relevant local government or the embassy of their home country. The passport can then be used to apply for a UAE visa at any UAE Embassy throughout the world. Please keep in mind that new expats can only enter the UAE lawfully if they obtain a visa.
HOW CAN I GET A NEWBORN VISA FOR MY BABY IN THE UAE?
Within 120 days after your baby’s birth, you must apply for a residence visa as well as an Emirates ID.
IN ABU DHABI, WHERE CAN I ATTEST A NEWBORN’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
All expats in Abu Dhabi can get their children’s birth certificates authenticated by the Ministries of Health and Prevention and Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
IN DUBAI, HOW CAN I GET A NEWBORN’S BIRTH CERTIFICATE ATTESTED?
A few papers and verification are required for the attestation process. Here’s a quick summary of the procedure for getting a birth certificate attested in Dubai.
CAN I APPLY ONLINE FOR A NEWBORN BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN THE UAE?
You can apply for a newborn birth certificate online using the MOHAP website or the MOHAP SmartApp.
That’s all there is to it when it comes to applying for an Emirates ID, visa, infant passport, or birth certificate in the UAE. Would you like to support a family member? Read more about the rules and papers for family sponsorship in the UAE.