The UAE Cabinet recent announcement has done away with the requirement for UAE expatriates to have certain professions to sponsor their family members. Income will now be the only requirement for UAE expatriates.
According to the UAE Cabinet statement, "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 lives”. Importantly, this move is expected to benefit lakhs of Indians. Under the prevalent guidelines, the male expats was able to sponsor his immediate family members such as wife and children if he earned a monthly salary of Dh 4,000 (approximately Rs 75,000) or Dh 3,000 (Rs 56,000) plus accommodation provided by his company. Similarly, a female resident could sponsor her family only if she was a teacher, engineer or a health professional and earned Dh 4,000 per month. If she worked in any other sector, she needed to have a minimum monthly salary of Dh 10,000 (Rs 1.88 lakhs) and a special approval from the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs.
The new rules have done away with the profession criterion. The UAE has taken the decision aimed 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 lives.
According to the data from the Indian Embassy, the Indians in the UAE constitute approximately 3.3 million i.e. 30% of the total population of the UAE.