Dubai denies raising minimum salary to sponsor family

Senior official refutes media claims that salary level has been more than doubled to $2,722 per month
Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 04 May 2014 07:12 PM

Dubai said on Sunday it has not increased the minimum salary required to sponsor family members to live in the emirate despite media reports claiming the level had been more than doubled.

Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, director of General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, categorically denied reports published earlier on Sunday.

"All branches of the General Directorate in Dubai are still receiving applications from clients smoothly and there are no new restrictions in that respect," he said in comments published by news agency WAM.

He said that the Ministry of Interior would first issue an official statement on any changes to these procedures before implementation in Dubai and other emirates.

Earlier, it was reported that Dubai had more than doubled the minimum salary required to sponsor family members to live in the emirate.

Reports claimed expats must now earn at least AED10,000 ($2,722) per month to apply for visas for dependent families members including wives and children.

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