We often get asked whether a wife under her husband’s sponsorship can work or not, as, if your residency is sponsored by you husband, there is a stamp in the passport saying “Housewife- not allowed to work”. We look into whether you can actually work legally if in this situation.
husband can sponsor you to be a resident of Dubai but unless you are
working for him, him being a business owner, you cannot get a labour/
work permit through your husband. Basically if you want to work the
company you are going to work for has to apply for the labour permit for
you- you cannot work for them legally without this.
So in a nutshell- your husband can sponsor you to actually live here
legally but a company must provide you with a work permit to work here
Some women do work casually or part time on what they call “their
husband’s visa” but this leaves them wide open to problems. Not only is
it illegal and both the company and the worker can get fined, have a
labour ban placed or even deported, but if a dispute over pay for
example arises the woman will have no legal recourse to make a case or
claim as she is not officially employed. So the Labour Law will not
protect her in this case.
Many wives come to Dubai as “trailing spouses” and are not planning to
work but maybe change their mind once here. Many women choose to go onto
their husband’s residency sponsorship as they potentially get better
benefits this way from a husband’s company by having a family status
allowances for flights, accommodation, school fees and medical coverage.
Also if you do want to change jobs you can cancel or transfer your
labour card and still have your residency continuing.
Rules for applying to sponsor your wife or husband
A husband can sponsor his wife whether she is employed or not as long as
minimum salary requirements are met- these are susceptible to change
and at the moment it is a salary of 4,000 AED or 3,000 AED if
accommodation is provided.
A wife can sponsor their husband if she is working in a qualified
profession like a teacher, a doctor, an engineer or equivalent. The
qualified wife must have a minimum salary of 5,000 AED. The rules for
occupation are more flexible if the wife is earning in excess of 10,000
You can only sponsor your partner if you are legally married- certification of this is required.
So in summary- if you are on your husband’s residency
sponsorship you can work- as long as you get a labour card/ work permit
from the company you are going to work for.
NB: Maids/ Home Help
Maids etc. come under a different category at the Ministry Of Labour and
are not allowed to work even if they have a residency sponsored by the
husband. They have to be sponsored for their residency and work permit
by their employer.
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