UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Foreign students allowed to sponsor family members

The United Arab Emirates government recently announced that foreign students in the UAE will be permitted to sponsor their family members so they can obtain residency visas to live in the UAE.

Key Points:
• The new residency policy will allow eligible family members who live outside the UAE to join their relatives who are currently studying there. The UAE residence visa will be sponsored by the students for the duration of their education.
• Family members of foreign students in the UAE must have sufficient income to be sponsored to live in the UAE.
BAL Analysis: The change is welcome news that could help draw students to the UAE because they will soon be able to bring their family members. Additional information on an implementation date, the types of family members who will be covered and on the income requirements is expected soon.

Azevedo Sette Advogados