UAE's Mohre starts issuing work permits to men on family visas

Ministry starts implementation of recently passed resolution of work permits that were previously only provided to women

The new UAE law has taken effect.
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The new UAE law has taken effect.

The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre) has started issuing work permits for companies looking to employ male workers that have been under the sponsorship of their families, marking a shift from the previous system wherein work permits were issued only for women sponsored by their families.

The law follows a resolution regulating the granting of work permits to male workers passed by Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli. 

Commenting on the move, under-secretary for Human Resources Affairs at Mohre, Saif Ahmed Al Suwaidi said: "The resolution aims to provide stability to families by enabling them to increase their source of monthly income."

According to the UAE's state-held news agency, Wam, the move will help companies in the UAE provide jobs to residents and reduce their operating costs, in line with a recent Cabinet Resolution to reduce the fees of these two groups.

In July 2019, the UAE Cabinet, chaired by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, reduced the fees for 145 services and transactions, including 17 services by 50-94%.

The fees for a two-year work permit for a skilled or limited skilled worker were reduced to $81.7 (AED300) for companies meeting Mohre's revised employer classifications. 

Previously, fees in the range of $82-1,361 (AED300-5,000) were charged for the issuance of work permits, based on the company's category and skills of workers.

"These fees would be paid by the employer," Al Suwaidi said. 

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