Women employed in the UAE can now sponsor their husbands and adult children to work in the country, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has clarified.
As per the new rule that came into effect from Sunday, husbands, fathers and sons can get jobs without necessarily being under the company’s visa.
The ministry announced that it has started issuing work permits to companies that want to hire eligible men who are under their families’ sponsorship.
- The new rule allows women working in the UAE to bring their family members and sponsor them, irrelevant of their professions. However, the female has to meet the minimum salary requirement to sponsor her family.
- Under the new work permit, men who are sponsored by their wives, or parents sponsored by their children, and young graduates who are supported by their parents can join the UAE workforce.
Until now, only women, typically wives and daughters sponsored by a parent or spouse, have been eligible for a work permit, also known as a labour card. That means men need a full visa and medical insurance provided by their employer.
The new work permit allows companies to hire people who are already legal residents. They enable companies to save on visa costs and medical insurance, which would be covered by the spouse or, usually, their spouse’s employer.
The labour ministry said the move would make it cheaper for businesses to take on staff – work permits cost less than visas – and allow families to bring in more earnings.
There are also two other kinds of work permits available to children on a family visa.
- Work permits for juveniles – aged between 15 and 18 years
- Work permits for trainee students between 12 and 18 years
These two categories of work permits can be applied for at all branches and centres of the MoHRE.
By issuing such work permits, the ministry aims to help employers recruit their staff from the residents rather than outsourcing from abroad.
In early July, the MoHRE reduced the fees by 50 to 94 per cent of 145 services and transaction. The new fee for a two-year work permit for a skilled or limited skilled worker is Dh300 for all categories of firms under the ministry’s group classification.
Before the recent resolution, the fee was in the range of Dh300 and Dh5,000 depending on the firm category and the skill-level of workers.
Last month, the UAE government said parents will be able to sponsor their sons for up to two consecutive years once they reach the age of 18.
Previously, they were cut off on reaching adulthood, meaning they had to find a job and visa themselves upon leaving school or university. In contrast, daughters can be sponsored by their parents until they are married.