UAE Providing a residence visa for the wife and children of expatriate workers in these cases

The new provisions of the UAE government allow the resident, whether he is an employee or an employer (investor), and holds a valid residency, to sponsor members of his immediate family, including the wife and male children under the age of 18, and unmarried daughters.

If a resident seeks to change the status of his family and children from that of a temporary entry permit to that of a residence visa, he is required to finish the processes for changing his status within a maximum period of two months from the date that his wife and children entered the UAE.

"It is important for people to be aware of the six-month rule and plan accordingly," he added. "It is important to be aware of the six-month rule."

They are also need to comprehend the rationale behind the rule as well as the factors that led to its establishment by the authorities.

"For those who are in possession of an employment residence visa and have dependents accompanying them, it is anticipated that they will continue to dwell in the UAE.

"If they are outside for six months, this is quite a significant period of time, and then that brings into question whether or not they are real residents."

The new provisions grant the resident the provision of a residence visa for his wife and children, according to the duration of the residence visa that he enjoys. This provision may be for a period of one or two years for employees, according to their contracts with employers, or for a period of three years for employers and investors, or for a period of five years for property owners whose property's value is not less than five million dirhams and entrepreneurs, or for a period of 10 years for specializ.

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