Filipino workers based in the United Arab Emirates must now have at least AED10,000 monthly salary to be eligible to secure a supporting document for relatives and families who wish to visit them in the Emirate.
The new policy on the affidavit of support and guarantee (ASG) has taken effect on August 24 and has been implemented by both the Philippine Consulate-General in Dubai and the Philippine Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Single Filipino expats need to show a salary income of AED10,000 a month before they can sponsor visiting family members. Married Filipino couples in the UAE, on the other hand, must have combined monthly income of AED14,000 before they can apply to sponsor relatives.
Families with four members — either parents and two children or single parent with three children — must show proof of monthly income amounting to AED18,000.
The policy specifies that the applicant can only sponsor relatives with the first or second degree of consanguinity or affinity such as spouse, parents, children, grandparents, siblings, grandchildren, and in-laws.
Previously, the salary requirement to sponsor a relative’s visa was only AED3,500.
The affidavit of support is a document that states an expat can support their relatives during their stay in the UAE. The visitors will present this document to immigration officials in Manila prior to the flight.