Dubai. The new work permit that allows men who are sponsored by a family member to work is being viewed as a game-changer.
Working class families, especially those with women working as teachers, nurses, doctors and other such professions, have particularly welcomed this move. While the General Directorate of Foreign Residency Affairs allowed women working in these jobs to sponsor their husband on dependent visas, the husbands weren’t allowed legally to work.
Many women who had jobs in these categories were living alone as sponsoring husbands who could not work was deemed as an additional financial burden.
The new rule, however, will allow such husbands to legally work and augment the family income.
“Latent talent pool”
Dr Jamil Ahmed, Founder and Managing Director Prime Health Care Group, said, “This move to have husbands on dependant visas to work is a master stroke from the UAE government. Many married women sponsor their husbands especially in the health sector such as nurses, lab technicians and doctors. The new rule allows these dependents to work and employers can tap into this latent talent pool. Many husbands with good qualifications who were on their wives’ dependant visa were unable to work. This new rule not only empowers families but also gives employers a chance to look within the UAE for new talent. This is cost effective, less time consuming and works towards happiness of families who can look forward to new economic stability to their homes.”