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New family sponsorship rule for expat workers

02 May 2019

Effective 1st April, the UAE has implemented new rules for expats sponsoring family members. The decision amends provisions of the resolution on sponsoring foreign workers to their families in the country.

A statement by the General Secretariat of the Cabinet revealed that as per the amended provisions now, the ‘income’ of expat worker is the requirement for sponsoring family members. Earlier, it was the ‘profession’ of the worker that was taken into consideration to sponsor their families.

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This amendment is in line with international developments, and is based on the best practices, it said.

The statement revealed that the decision aims to improve family stability of foreign workers and social cohesion, apart from attracting highly skilled workers while also maintaining a healthy balance between professional and personal life.

The UAE Cabinet approves new facilitation for expats sponsoring family members and reaffirms UAE’s position as a hub for talents and land of opportunities.

The Cabinet decision has also called on the relevant government entities to do studies to assess and improve the services being provided to residents, including in the field of education and health.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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