Men sponsored by women can now be issued with UAE work permits.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) announced the new employment rules for husbands and sons.
Before this, these permits were only issued to women sponsored by their husbands or fathers.
Senior minister Saif Ahmed Al Suwaidi, the undersecretary for Human Resources Affairs, said the move would “provide stability to families by enabling them to increase their source of monthly income.” It means firms will also be able to employ more residents and it’s going to cost less too.
In July, the MOHRE cut fees for more than 145 government services, including issuing a two-year work permit.
This will now cost employers AED 300, down from between AED 300 and AED 5,000, which was depending on the firm’s category and the recruit’s skills.
Last month, the UAE government also announced that residents can renew the residency visas of their children after they leave education for up to two consecutive years.
Previously, expatriate parents in the UAE could sponsor sons up to the age of 18 only.