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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – New Dependent Sponsorship policy

The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to amend the policy on foreign national workers sponsoring family members in the UAE. As yet, no implementation date has been announced.

What has changed?

The amended provisions indicate only income as the requirement for sponsoring family members, and no longer require particular qualifying professions.

Currently, the UAE government guidance states that:

“Male residents who are employed in the UAE can sponsor their immediate family members, such as wife and children, subject to conditions which include minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation. The male sponsor must also hold a profession which allows him to sponsor his family. “

Specific requirements may vary depending on the Emirate of application.

In practice, the authorities may already approve dependent visa applications sponsored by foreign nationals in non-qualifying professions, on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the visa officer. The new provisions would formalise and simplify this authorisation.

Action Items

  • Employers who may be affected are encouraged to contact their immigration specialist for case-specific advice.

This alert was prepared with information provided by Newland Chase and Sesam Business Consultants.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2019 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.