As we move into the new year, the UAE Government has once again announced another landmark change to its visa rules and MyBayut is here to tell you all about it. On Sunday, 31 March, the UAE Cabinet announced that it has amended the family sponsorship policy for expats in the UAE to open up the opportunity of issuing family visas to more expats. Read on to find out about the new UAE family visa rules that were recently for residents living in the UAE.
THE NEW UAE FAMILY VISA RULES FOR 2019
The new UAE family visa rules state that educational background or profession will no longer be a condition on the basis of which family visas will be handed out. Instead, the income of the residents looking to sponsor their family visas will be considered. This means that issuing family visas in Dubai or any other emirate will be open to a larger bracket of expats in varying professions.
The purpose of amending the existing UAE family visa policy is to attract more skilled workers to the region along with promoting a healthy living environment for the existing workers in the country. This change in the UAE family sponsorship policy also bolsters the country’s position as a thriving, cosmopolitan space with a multitude of equal growth opportunities for skilled professionals.
WHAT WERE THE UAE RESIDENCE VISA RULES AND REGULATIONS LIKE BEFORE?
Before the amendment of the UAE family sponsorship policy, male residents were required to meet the following requirements to apply for a family visa in Dubai or any other emirate:
- Be employed in the UAE
- Have a minimum salary of AED 4k or AED 3k plus accommodation
- Hold any profession apart from domestic helpers or similar categories
For women looking to sponsor their families, similar conditions apply with a higher salary bracket. As per prevalent regulations female expats could only sponsor family members if they were employed as teachers, engineers or in the healthcare sector. If they were part of such professions, they only needed to earn AED 4k per month. For other professions, the salary bracket is much higher. In addition, female expats also need special approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
- Be employed in the UAE
- Have a minimum salary of AED 10k or AED 8k plus accommodation
The new UAE family visa rules for 2019, have eliminated the requirement that only certain categories of professions can apply for family visas. So whether or not you are a manager or a degree holder, you will be allowed to sponsor family members.
While the government hasn’t released any details on what the salary range for the new UAE family visa rules, or if there will be any changes to the existing bracket, this is positive news for expats.
HOW IS THE NEW 2019 UAE FAMILY SPONSORSHIP RULES BENEFICIAL FOR EXPATS?
The UAE Government is constantly working towards making the country a place that anyone across the world can call home. Last year we saw announcements such as new retirement law and the 10-year residency visas build a foundation for various professionals to see the UAE as a long-term option. However, relocating for work can be a challenging task, especially if you have to do it alone. The new UAE family sponsorship policy will make it easier for expats to relocate here. So whether it be relocating to Dubai from India or any other country, we can expect to see workers from all professions move to the UAE to settle down. Even for existing expats, the new family sponsorship policy will preserve their interest in working and living in the city.
WILL THE NEW FAMILY VISA RULES IN THE UAE HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE UAE PROPERTY MARKET?
Last year’s law changes, paired with this new UAE family sponsorship policy will most likely boost the number of property transactions in the city as more people see the UAE as a long term solution. As we can see from Bayut’s recently released Q1 property prices reports for Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the real estate market in the UAE has great opportunities both tenants and investors.
Overall, the changes to the UAE residence visa rules and regulations have been well received. It has great potential to contribute to the stability of the UAE’s economy while also building a cohesive environment for individuals to start a family in the UAE.
That’s all we have on the new 2019 family visa rules in the UAE. We hope you have enjoyed reading this blog and found it informative enough. If there are any other laws or rules and regulations you’d like to know more about, send us an email of firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to get the information to you. Until then, if you’d like to read other articles on the other UAE’s laws, check out the Rules and Regulations section of our blog.
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