OFWs in UAE laments over new rule in bringing family abroad


Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the UAE have expressed their thoughts on the new rule set by the Philippines’ posts in the country when sponsoring a family member. 

On its official website, the Philippine Embassy in the UAE noted that OFWs must show proof that he or she is earning AED10,000 to get a supporting travel document called Affidavit of Support and Guarantee (ASG). 

The new rule took effect on August 24. For a single expat who plans to sponsor a relative’s visit in the UAE, he or she must earn AED10,000; however, for a married couple, a combined income of AED14,000 is a must. Meanwhile, a family of four, either a husband and wife with two children or a single parent with three children, must present AED18,000 proof of income. 

Previously, expats are allowed to sponsor their relatives if they’re earning AED4,000 (without accommodation) or AED3,000 with company-provided accommodation. 

“Bakit yung may kamag-anal dito ang hinihigpitan niyo ng ganyan. Bakit yung walang kamag-anak at binibenta lang ng mga agent ang bilis makarating dito. Bago sana magpa-implement ng ganyan, yung human trafficking muna tutukan niyo,” one comment read. 

Facebook user Ehmcee Renacido commented on our post, saying AED10,000 is not justifiable. 

“Dapat kung kaya sponsor-an, bakit hindi, di sa sahod ng relatives mo diyan sa UAE magba-base,” she added. 

Pol Ly dela Cruz, on the same post, left a comment: “Sana consideration na lang [dahil] sa sitwasyon ngayon. Hello, nag-iisip ba kayo? Kung kelan tanggalan ng trabaho at mababa offer. Hayyy, Pinoy nga naman.” 

“Sa panahon ngayon, sino sasahod ng AED10,000? Eh, nagtatanggalan nga dito dahil lugi [at] bagsak ang business. Gawin nila i-block na nila papunta sa UAE. Sila nga mga empleyadao hindi aabot ng AED10,000 [sahod nila],” another comment read. 


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