UAE announces new family sponsorship policy for expats

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UAE Cabinet

The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to amend provisions of the resolution on sponsoring of foreign workers to their families in the country.

According to a statement by the General Secretariat of the Cabinet, the amended provisions now indicate “income” as a requirement for sponsoring family members, as opposed to the previously listed “professions” which allowed workers to sponsor their families.

The amendment is in line with international developments and accordance with best practices, it added.

“The decision aims at enhancing family stability of foreign workers and social cohesion, as well as attracting highly skilled workers while maintaining a healthy balance between professional and personal life,” the statement continued.

The Cabinet decision, the statement explained, called on relevant government entities to conduct studies to assess and enhance the services provided to residents, including aspects of education and health, and encourage the active participation of their family member in the job market as an alternative to recruiting new workers from abroad, within the existing policies and regulations.

On this occasion, Nasir Bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said that the Cabinet amendments will undoubtedly strengthen family ties of workers, reflect positively on the labour market, boost productivity and support the national economy, thanks to the decision’s profound positive effects on workers’ performance.

Al Hamli added that the UAE embraces more than 200 nationalities living peacefully on its land with their full rights guaranteed by national legislations in accordance with international standards.

They are seen and treated as active partners in the country’s development progress, especially as the UAE is striving to be a top destination for competencies and expertise.