Some of the documents which we need to keep ready especially when parents are expecting a baby are as follows-
1. When pregnancy is confirmed
You will have to make sure that your marriage certificate is legalized from the UAE Embassy from the Home country and from Ministry of Foreign Affairs from UAE. The original attested document is required at the hospital when you try to open a maternity file. Marriage certificate Attestation process is lengthy but we can assist you in getting those done within a matter of days.
It is against the law in UAE for unmarried women to be pregnant. As per the law, unmarried women if found pregnant, should either get married or go back to their home country for delivery.
Inform your employer if you are a working professional and intend to return back to the office after delivery. As per the labour law in UAE, you have a right to take 45 calendar days of maternity leave (paid). This includes the time before and after the delivery. Two and a half hour break is also allowed for breastfeeding for 18 months after you return to work.
2. Registering for maternity care at a hospital
You will have to register for maternity care at a hospital in Emirates. By the seventh month of pregnancy, you may apply for a maternity care in your preferred hospital. This is recommended to ensure hassle free access to all maternity care services.
You will need the following documents for this,
- Dubai Health card – If you are planning to deliver the baby in a government hospital, you should have a valid health card. You don’t need to have a health card to deliver at a private hospital.
- Original and attested copy of marriage certificate
- Original and copies of passport ( for both father and mother )
- Residency visa and copy
- Emirates ID card and copy
- Insurance card if you need insurance coverage
3. Getting birth certificate
The birth certificate should be issued within 30 days from the date of birth. After this, you will be fined.
Government hospitals issue the birth certificate themselves but if the baby is born in private hospitals, the parents should apply to the MFA for obtaining a birth certificate.
A birth notification will be issued by all private hospitals. However, this will be printed in Arabic. Birth notification is not the same as the birth certificate. Birth certificates issued in Arabic should be translated into English for use in your home country. Birth certificate attestation is required if you want the birth certificate to be legal in your home country.
4. Documents for your baby
Passport, Emirates ID and residency visa should be available within 120 days from the date of birth. After this, you will be fined.
Check with your country’s embassy in UAE to know the procedures while applying for a passport overseas. This varies depending on your country. The requirements for the photo in passport also vary depending on your home country. However, passport photo with white background with the baby’s eyes open is needed to get a UAE visa.
A residency visa is required for all expats in UAE including newborns. To get this, find a typist to complete the form you get from a tasheel office. Take the application to the Ministry of immigration.
You will need the following documents in this step,
– Original passport of the father
– Passport copy of the mother with visa page
– Passport of the baby
– Emirates ID typing for the baby
– Original birth certificates ( Arabic and English )
– Two photos of the baby
– Tenancy contract
– Original Emirates ID of both father and mother
– Attested marriage certificate ( Original )
– Salary certificate
– Labour contract
c) Emirates ID
To obtain an Emirates ID for your new born, go to the Emirates ID authority and make an application.
You will need to submit the following documents for this,
– Birth certificate of your baby
– Passport of your baby
– Residency visa of your baby
– Copy of the father’s ID card
– Baby’s passport photo
– Original birth certificate or original passport/Emirates ID of the father