The UAE is among the most diverse nations in the world when it comes to the number of expats residing therein and also when it comes to the variety of different nationalities that there are. This statistic is quite a significant one and gives rise to many of the matters of consideration and concern in the country for the individuals and the government.

Around 80% or more of the population of the UAE hail from various foreign countries and work in the UAE for the high quality of life, good pay and a safe environment to name a few of the reasons. However, to enjoy these perks, one would first have to obtain a job, and if people want to bring their families with them to live in the UAE, the process requires further criteria first to be met.

The nation has recently announced its plans to introduce a change which will come as a welcome surprise to many, and the hope is that it will further attract foreigners of a broader and more varied professional background. The introduction is as follows.

Pay Dependency

For many years now, to bring one's family with them to the UAE and obtain visas for them, specific positional requirements must be met. As such, only employees of a certain level and having particular job titles would be entitled to do so, which allowed companies to restrict employees on this front if they so wished.

However, the requirement has undergone deep consideration by the Cabinet, and they have identified that it is perhaps not the optimal route to take. Instead, an individual's pay should be considered first and foremost. Above a certain salary or package value, any individual should be entitled to bring their families over to the UAE and obtain visas for them.

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