Profession was the requirement for a person to be sponsored in the UAE, which wasn’t always an easy task.
But now, the UAE Cabinet has announced that income sufficient to support their families will be the only requirement for UAE expatriates to sponsor their family members as opposed to the previously listed ‘professions’.
This came as the Cabinet on Sunday adopted a decision to amend provisions of the resolution on foreign workers sponsoring their families. This reaffirms the country’s position “as a hub for talents and a land of opportunities”, it said.
As per prevailing requirements, male residents who are employed in the UAE can sponsor their immediate family members such as wife and children if he earns a monthly salary of Dh4,000 or Dh3,000 plus accommodation provided by his company. He also had to be employed in certain categories for him to be eligible to sponsor his family.
Similarly, a female resident could sponsor her family only if she was a teacher, engineer or a health professional and earned Dh4,000 per month. If she worked in any other sector, she needed to have a minimum monthly salary of Dh10,000 and a special approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.