A UAE based couple, both jobless due to Covid-19, is seeking help to get legal documents, including passport, for their month-old baby.
The Indian husband, Xavier Raja Velanganni, 37, said in a Gulf News report that his daughter, Angelin Raj, has to get a valid visa within three months after birth or they will face a fine.
“We are running against time. As per the law, my daughter has to get a valid visa within three months after birth or we will get a fine. We are actually not looking to get a UAE residence visa for my daughter as my wife and I have decided that we will reside in India as we lost our jobs,” he said.
The family is also facing problems to get an entry visa to India due to lack of funds and pandemic-related restrictions.
“We cannot manage even our daily needs. We need to find a solution to our financial woes,” he added.
Velanganni is married to Filipina Agnes Angeles. Both worked as staff in separate restaurants. They were terminated last May 5 and Angeles has given birth on July 20.
The family has now moved to a shared room accommodation in Sharjah from a rented studio in Deira.
“It’s been a struggle to stay here with no income, plus we have to meet the baby’s needs. Every day we have to think about where to get food or supplies. Thankfully, there are friends who continue to help, but they too were hit by the pandemic,” the husband said, adding that he has to borrow money from family members in India and close friends in Dubai.
Velanganni said that they are getting a Philippine passport for their daughter.
“But that will not happen until September. We still have to wait for the Indian visa for my wife and daughter, and the fee is non-refundable. In any case, we don’t have money to apply for the papers,” he further added.