How to Process as a Dependent

There are no homeless in the UAE. To be here beyond a month as a tourist, one needs an official visa. This is something I admire about the UAE! They have more effectively controlled their borders as compared to the States. Stiff fines are administered if one overstays their month as a tourist. There are ways to enjoy a longer stay, but it involves leaving the country and then returning as a tourist with the ability to stay for another month. Travelers insurance is required and makes sense with the concerns of Covid.

We have a lot to learn from the UAE in how they handle their borders and homelessness. Emirate citizens share the wealth of this country and are given homes, health care, and the best jobs. They feel immensely proud of their country. Anyone else who wants to be here must possess a work visa. There is a huge service sector of foreigners who are happy to do the menial work here. They send funds back to family members to places like Thailand, The Philippines, Pakistan, or India.

For our family coming back to the UAE, we are going through the visa process again. Dependent visas are discontinued within six months of not being within country. The process requires that we take current passport pictures from one of the machines found all over the malls here in UAE. These pictures are turned into the Human Resource departments of the hiring companies. The visas are processed through the working person’s visa as dependents (yes, this sounds a bit like the military). This too is another thing the UAE does right, in my opinion. It avoids the straggling family members that slip into our country undocumented.

These dependents are given healthcare by the companies, as its required. A person on a work visa in the UAE must have a residence for their dependents before the dependents can be processed. All very logical solutions to a huge problem in the US. Once documents are gathered, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, passports, and current pictures taken here in the UAE; a health screening is scheduled. Once all has been addressed then an official government issued ID is offered to the dependents.

The process is incredibly efficient and is accomplished in only a few days! At that point one can enjoy all that the UAE and its citizens enjoy. It is a beautiful country that treats their expats very well. Our family is thankful for the opportunity to be an expat in the UAE!

Covid 19

The world is dealing with a pandemic and traveling is more difficult. Yet, Dubai is open for business again! Yes, you need a Covid 19 test within 96 hours before you board your Emirates flight. But rest assured, it is possible and fairly easy to do!

The test involves a swab that is put up your nose and swirled around while a medical test person counts. It feels a bit like getting water up your nose. Your eyes may tear a bit, but that is the worst of it! One, two, three, until ten and you are done!

Los Angeles offers direct flights and rapid Covid testing. Make sure that it is a PCR test, as that is the only one accepted. Many places give you free tests and they are getting faster at obtaining results.

What happens once you test negative? Its then time to get travelers insurance, as some insurances will not cover Covid once you decide to travel. Dubai requires that you have it.

Get your negative test, your insurance, and come enjoy Dubai! Hotels and restaurants hard hit by the virus are open and ready for your business! It has never been a better time to travel if you want to avoid crowds! Just continue to be careful with social distancing and wash your hands. Like most places, masks are required in public.

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