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Earn AED10,000 or stay alone
The UAE is planning to impose a minimum salary requirement of AED10,000 for expatriates who want to bring their families into the country.
July 2, 2009 12:51 by Aarti Nagraj
Expatriates in the UAE will have to earn a minimum salary of AED10,000 in order to sponsor their families in the country, reports Gulf News. They will also be required to live in an independent house or apartment.
The minimum salary was at AED3,000, and has been increased to AED4,000 and AED6,000 so far. The new decision will come into effect after amending by-laws of the residency law, Major General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, director general of the Naturalization and Residency Department (NRD) told the paper.
According to Al Menhali, the decision was taken after the Ministry of Interior carried out a study on the negative effects of allowing residents to bring their families without adequate income and an appropriate place to stay.
A resident should be able to support his family and afford their living costs to enable them to live a decent life, in line with labor and residency laws, he told the paper. He added that it is best for the minimum wage to be raised to cope with the cost of living, rents, school fees and health care.
He also said that the Interior Ministry “does not mind studying the humanitarian situation of any resident and helping them bring their family, if there is an urgent humanitarian need,” says the report.
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