OFWs in UAE laments over new rule in bringing family abroad

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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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