Expats: Not job, but income is now key to you sponsoring family

By Eudore R. Chand

Employers urged to look for local hires for job vacancies

ABU DHABI 1 April 2019: The UAE Cabinet has adopted a decision to amend provisions of the resolution on sponsoring of families by foreign workers in the country.

The amended provisions now indicate “income” as the 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, said a statement by the General Secretariat of the Cabinet to Wam.

“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.

Absorb families in job market

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 members in the job market as an alternative to recruiting new workers from abroad, within the existing policies and regulations.

Cabinet decision will achieve family stability

Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, stated that the decision of the UAE Cabinet to consider the income of foreign workers that apply to bring their family members to the country, rather than their profession, will improve the family lives and social ties of private sector workers.

He also highlighted the decision’s positive effects on the labour market, as it will increase productivity, support the national economy, and improve the performance of workers within a comprehensive environment that will integrate the entire community.

200 Nationalities

Al Hamli stressed that the UAE hosts over 200 nationalities and guarantees their rights, which are safeguarded by national legislation, as it considers everyone to be active partners in the development process, making the UAE the first-choice destination for manpower and experts who see the country as a safe place to work and live.

Ali Mohammed Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, said that the UAE is an ideal global model of residency and employment which attracts individuals who are ambitious and aim to achieve their dreams, in a country whose wise leadership, government and people are open to all cultures, making it an ideal environment for family stability.

He added that the decision will strengthen family stability by enabling foreign workers to legally bring their families to the country based on security, economic and social laws, which will achieve their happiness and the happiness of their families. He also praised the efforts of the UAE’s leadership to offer the best services to the country’s residents, as they are partners in its development and advancement.

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