UAE changes sponsorship rules for low-paid workers

Expats earning less than AED3,000 per month can bring families over under new resolution
UAE changes sponsorship rules for low-paid workers
Potential beneficiaries must provide proof of appropriate housing and health insurance for their families, as well as their registration in the national population database. Photo for illustrative purposes.
By Staff writer
Mon 15 Jul 2019 08:56 AM

Low-paid workers in the UAE will be able to bring their families to the country, thanks to a new resolution from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA).

The resolution allows foreigners living in the UAE to bring family members, classified as wife or husband, sons under the age of 18 and unmarried daughters, to the country, as long as the total family income is AED3,000 per month and their employer provides housing, or AED4,000 per month without housing.

Potential beneficiaries must provide proof of appropriate housing and health insurance for their families, as well as their registration in the national population database. They must also apply for IDs for every family member, according to a report by Emirates News Agency (WAM).

Major General Saeed Al Rashidi, Director-General of Foreigners Affairs and Ports at the ICA, said that the resolution aims to ensure the stability of foreign workers in the UAE by allowing them to bring their families to the country.

He explained that the sponsor, whether male or female, must present a certified marriage certificate and their children’s birth certificates translated into Arabic, as well as proof of their monthly income. A wife wishing to sponsor their children must attach a certified written agreement from her husband.

Major General Al Rashidi pointed out that widowed and divorced women can also sponsor their children, but they must present a recently issued divorce or death certificate to prove custody.

The resolution requires families to declare one sponsor, either a husband or wife, to prevent multiple sponsors.

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