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TCP_FreeCourse01: Speaker’s Workshop – Speaking God’s Words
Every person we meet in life is in a way or another a TEACHER. Some teaches us with the simple acts that will leave us thinking and wondering. Some teaches us lessons the hard way. #LearningToSeeWhatsTheLesson Click To Tweet
“Where can I run from your love? If I climb to heavens You are there”.
“If I fly to the sunrise or sail beyond the sea, Still I find you there”.
– You Are Near, page 236, CFC-FFL Sound of Trumpets songbook”
The above thoughts and reflections (also became my Facebook status) and tweetable are only three of the many “REMINDERS” God has bestowed upon me within this week. Made me think that there seemed to be a pattern for the whole 7 days. As I was contemplating on what to pray and be grateful for – for my nearly similar day-to-day housewife life, on a certain moment I get to be whispered by the Holy Spirit of these tap on the shoulder reminding me of these simple yet powerful prompts of God’s goodness.
He uses people to teach us something.
There’s been a few encounters and I wanna share this simple one. I’m on in my 3rd week love affair with Dubai Metro – a struggle to learn how to for a newbie Dubai resident like me – that I even dreamt of this while I was on the airplane! When I saw 2 labourers asking for instructions where to go. They clearly had struggles. Good thing the person they asked was accommodating enough. Most people would snob them and probably ignore too. Thank God the man was helpful. Poor men, but then as one of the beatitudes in the scriptures says, “blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of God.” This simple spectator moment got me thinking. To be better understand, deal nicely and look at them in the eyes of grace. Continue to care even when they are difficult to love.
Refused for a better one
Life has so many rejections. Lately I’ve been receiving a lot of it. To be specific, job application rejections. Month after month after month I have piled emails of refusal emails saying a I’m not qualified or in a better tense saying they have hired someone else. But then this quote clearly shouted in my head “Life’s Rejection is God’s Protection” and indeed proven. I have a story to tell. In perfect time I’d be sharing it. For now let’s just savor the fact that He has a better plan for whatever “NO” that life throws at us.
To cap the week, comes our household meeting where once again another nudge came in.
Hey, JM I’m with you!
Sounds like a lyrics of a song right? But it is more than that. So there goes the lyrics of the song YOU ARE NEAR. Wherever we go, we may look up or down or sideways – God is here. He is with us. If only we look at life in the eyes of faith, we will recognize God in the simplest things. “There is beauty in the ordinary.” Where are you now? Is a very manifestation that He is with you – for life is still yours. Mornings are my favorite examples of God’s presence. Seemed ordinary but actually a glory.
I thought this will be short, ending me to write a not-so-little sharing… 🙂
So, last week? 16 – 22 June 2018 – is a #REMINDERSweek
What do you have in store for me this week Lord?
God bless you!
How to process a Husband/Wife’s Visa in Dubai UAE
(Guide for First Timers)
For 9 years, almost 95% of this blog has tagged Abu Dhabi because I’ve been a resident there for that period… But this year a change has come. As I bid goodbye to 2017, I also waved bye bye to Abu Dhabi and moved to Dubai for a new challenge and chapter of our life (collectively together with Kokobear!)
Yes, you read it right, starting now you’ll see more Dubai related blog posts and we are starting now!
I spent 5 months back home (in the Philippines) and waited for the transition that both Darrelle and I have where he will now become my visa sponsor. Ergo, I needed a husband’s visa. This is the process on how we did it; a guide for first timers. 🙂
Step 1 – Prepare the documents for the Entry Permit Application (for Dependent/s)
Note: Sponsor = Your husband or wife
- Dependent’s Photo (original) – mandatory
- Dependent’s Passport (copy) – mandatory
- Sponsor’s (your husband or wife) Salary Certificate, Contract or Partnership Contract
- Tenancy Contract, Ejari with current DEWA Bill
- Sponsor’s Original Passport – mandatory
- Sponsor’s Residency Page – mandatory
- Sponsor’s IBAN Number
- Sponsor’s EID Card (Original) – mandatory
- Marriage Certificate (Original & attested)
- 3 months latest Bank Statement
Optional (Based on your needs)
- Mother’s/Father’s residency visa and passport for a child
- Unmarried Letter for parents sponsoring Daughter above 18 years old.
Step 2 – Apply for ENTRY PERMIT – Proceed to AMER (They are the authorized Typing Centre)
Present these documents and they will open up your file in the system. Applying a new profile will cost 300/- AED. We did mine at IBN Battuta Mall AMER Center.
From the typing center takes 1-2 weeks to submit to the immigration. Once approved, an sms/email will be sent to your given information. An e-visa will then be released. So you’r wife/husband/child will be ready to fly.
Cost: 440/- AED
Suggestion: There is typing centre right in the same building of the Immigration Office at Manara Center, I suggest you do this process there, so that it would be easier to fix things up in case some missing files/documents are not in place.
On your dependent’s side on the other hand . . . will do step #3.
Step 3 – Book a Flight Schedule and Fly.
In the airport, make sure to have with you your sponsor’s last OEC.
Keep these documents handy:
- Original & copy of your Marriage certificate,
- Your husband/wife’s latest OEC, (the payment receipt/ the exemption – whichever is applicable for him or her)
- Copy of Original working permit and contract.
These items will probably be checked by the Travel Tax Desk at he airport – before you can proceed to your assigned gate in the airport.
My Personal Experience: I took the Philippine Passport holder lane for Immigration since I am no longer an OFW – which at that time during my flight has a looonnng line of OFWs too!
No questions asked (probably because I’ve been an OFW for almost a decade now and just transferred the visa under my husband). Not even a question of how long we’ve been married or asking for a copy of our marriage certificate; nothing at all! All I did was give my passport, ticket, the copy of my Residence E-visa and the dreaded departure slip which causes the long, hassle and delay most of the time – (Sorry, excuse my complaining tone… hahah)
Once you arrive . . . proceed to the next step.
Step 4 – Process the MEDICAL EXAMS, MEDICAL INSURANCE and EMIRATES ID
A. Medical Exams – I did this right after I arrived, basically I arrived on a weekend so I did this process on the first work day – Sunday. This is blood and X-Ray.
- 345/- AED – Normal (2-3 days results)
- 410/- AED – Result is within 48 hours
B. Emirates ID – I processed my medical exam in IBN Battuta which lucky an AMER station is avialble, so I went their and they informed me that I could process my Emirates ID side by side my Medical Insurance so that when both of them arrives, I will proceed directly to the Visa Stamping.
- 270 AED for 2 years
- 370/- AED for 3 years (applicable for Government employee’s families)
C. Medical Insurance – This maybe shouldered by your husband/wife’s company so there is no need to worry. But for those who will be shelling it out from their own pocket, Amer has this service too. Just enquire and they will give your the options. Basic package usually starts at 1000++ AED.
Step 5 – Finally, last 2 steps are Visa Stamping & Collection of Emirates ID.
Once above 3 are ready (Medical Results, Emirates ID application & Insurance Card), return to Amer and pay for Immigration/Visa Stamping.
Prepare these documents at hand.
a. A copy of all the mentioned documents above on Step 1
b. The Original Medical Insurance Card + 1 photo copy of it
c. Original Medical Exams Results
d. Original Emirates ID of the Sponsor (Original Passport may also be needed)
e. One more passport size photo.
- 430/- AED – Normal (2-3 days)
- 510/- AED – Urgent (1 day) – 80 dirhams difference
This process will take another 2-3 days depending on your preferred payment. After the stamping comes you Emirates ID release! An SMS/email will also be sent to your mobile phone for the collection of your Emirates ID.
This is the breakdown of expenses (for my application)
That’s it! I do hope this post can help you smoothen the process.