Having a baby in the UAE is a great experience.
However, if you are planning to have a baby in Dubai, it is important to be informed of the local requirements and the paperwork required to ensure your child is properly registered once born. With a newborn on your hands, this can be overwhelming, but not if you’re prepared and know what you need to do.
Here are some important tips and information and a simple checklist that you can follow to keep on top of the paperwork:
- You have 30 days after the birth to get your newborn’s UAE birth certificate, which is needed to apply for a passport and residence visa.
- After the baby is born, you first need to collect the birth notification received from the hospital where the birth took place.
- Take that notification to Al Baraha Hospital in Deira together with passport and emirates IDs of both parents as well as your marriage certificate, to get an Arabic birth certificate issued. This can take up to 2 days to get issued.
- Pick up the certificate, get it certified by the Ministry of Health in the same hospital, and then get it translated into English by one of the typing offices in the hospital. Also get the English certificate also certified. Tip: you can get multiple English certificates issued on the spot!
- Then get all copies of the birth certificate legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bur Dubai. Keep in mind that birth certificates must be issued within 30 days of birth.
- Once legalized, you can apply for your baby’s passport at the consulate or at the embassy of your home country.
- The Passport is required to apply for your baby’s residence permit, which needs to happen within 120 days of birth.
- I also encourage you to apply for a birth certificate from your home country (this can take several months or even up to a year to get issued, depending on the country). You can apply for your home country birth certificate when applying for the passport. The fees and process will vary depending on your nationality. Visit your embassy’s website to download the application form and find out more about the procedure.
- I recommended getting the home country birth certificate issued, as it will make your life much easier when dealing with authorities of your home country. The home country birth certificate will be accepted directly by them, whereas the UAE one will have to be legalized, notarized and translated each time.
- Keep in mind, that babies born abroad to expat mums with UAE residency are also required to have a residence visa or a visit visa of their own to enter the UAE. The application should be filed by the father or family provider, along with the essential documents, a salary certificate and a copy of the newly born child’s birth certificate.
So the 5 important steps you need to follow are quite clear: get a UAE birth certificate, register the birth with your embassy, apply for your baby’s passport, apply for a birth certificate from your home country, and lastly get a residence visa for your baby.
Good luck and one last word of advice: make an appointment or a phone call with the embassy of your home country before the birth of your baby, to stay ahead of the process and the paperwork. Collecting all the information beforehand will save you valuable time afterwards!