The UAE government has announced some landmark changes to its visa rules and MyBayut is here to tell you all about it. On Sunday, 31 March 2019, 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. Following the new UAE family visa rules, the government also announced that residents will be able to sponsor their sons who are 18 years old. Read on to find out about the new UAE visa rules for families and sons, that was recently updated for residents living in the UAE.
NEW UAE VISA RULES
UPDATED UAE FAMILY VISA RULES
The new UAE family visa rules state that the 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. So whether or not you are a manager or a degree holder, you will be allowed to sponsor family members as long as you have the financial means and a valid visa to do so. Before taking the plunge, make sure to check your UAE visa status to know whether you are liable to sponsor your loved ones.
Issuing family visas in Dubai or any other emirate will now be open to a larger bracket of expats in varying professions.
Before the amendment of the UAE family sponsorship policy, male residents were required to hold any profession apart from domestic helpers or similar categories. From now on, any male residents who are employed in the UAE can sponsor their immediate family members, such as wife and children with just a minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation.
For female residents looking to sponsor their families, the conditions are slightly different. For a woman to sponsor her family, she must hold a residence permit that states she is an engineer, teacher, doctor, nurse or any holds other profession related to the medical sector. She must also earn a monthly salary not less than AED 10,000 or AED 8,000 plus accommodation. Women who are not employed in these categories can still get approval to sponsor the family if her monthly salary is more than AED 10,000 and special permission from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (DNRD).
UPDATED RESIDENCY VISA RULES FOR CHILDREN SPONSORED BY PARENTS
Along with updating the family sponsorship visa, an amendment has been made to the residency visas for 18-year-old sons sponsored by their parents.
Under the new rules, expats can apply for a renewable one-year residence visa for their sons from either the date of completion of the boys’ secondary education or upon reaching the age of 18 years. This new rule is also applicable to those who have just graduated from university, whether inside the UAE or abroad. An added bonus for this type of visa is that parents will not have to place bank deposits which used to amount to AED 5,000. The new visa will cost just AED 100 for first time issuing and renewal.
Previously, expat residents could only sponsor their sons up to the age of 18 after which they would need to be sponsored by a student visa on providing the proof that he is studying in the UAE.
The visa rules remain unchanged for daughters. There is no age limit on how long parents can sponsor their daughters; they can be sponsored until they are married.
HOW IS THE NEW 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 the 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 move 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 H1 property prices reports for Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the real estate market in the UAE has great opportunities both tenants and investors.
Overall, the new UAE family 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 family visa rules in the UAE. The purpose of amending the UAE visa policies 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 and the residency via for dependent sons also bolsters the country’s position as a thriving, cosmopolitan space with a multitude of equal growth opportunities for skilled professionals.
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