Abu Dhabi: Expatriate residents who want to bring their families into the country should now earn a minimum monthly salary of Dh10,000 and provide their family with independent accommodation, a senior official has said.
Major General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, director general of the Naturalisation and Residency Department (NRD), said the decision was made after a study by the Ministry of Interior on the negative effects of allowing residents to bring their families without sufficient income and a suitable place to stay.
The Ministry of Labour is not authorised to deal with the status of residents' relatives who come to the country on residents' sponsorships, he added.
Al Menhali said it is best for the minimum wage to be raised to cope with the cost of living, rents, school fees and health care.
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 labour and residency laws, he said.
This change has become necessary because of increasing violations when relatives become a burden to their sponsors, he added.
Previously the minimum salary requirement was Dh3,000, because this was acceptable under previous conditions, he said. The amount was later raised to Dh4,000 and then Dh6,000 after rapid development and economic growth.
The new decision will come into effect after amending by-laws of the residency law, Al Menhali said, adding that the NRD will not allow any resident who does not rent an independent house or apartment to bring in family members.
However, he pointed out 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.