UAE announces new visa rules for family homes

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has introduced new rules for residential visas for families, making it easier for expats to bring their loved ones to the country. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship has announced the updated rules, with the aim of streamlining the process and providing clarity to applicants.

Main changes:

  • Minimum income requirement: A minimum monthly income of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 per month is now mandatory for sponsoring family members.
  • Proof of residence: Applicants must provide proof of residence in the UAE.
  • Medical checkup: All family members over the age of 18 must undergo a medical check-up at recognized medical centers.

Additional updates:

  • Relatives on visit visas: Family members of residence visa holders who are currently in the UAE and have a temporary entry visa (visit visa) can now obtain a residence visa.
  • Registration procedure: Applications must be submitted within 60 days of entry into the UAE and can be made via ‘E-Channels’ or the authority’s website.

Impact on expats:

The new regulations are expected to benefit the large number of expats living in the UAE, especially Pakistanis, who make up a significant portion of the country’s workforce. The updated rules aim to simplify the process and provide greater clarity for families looking to reunite in the UAE.

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