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Pearl



Joined: 14 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2004 6:57 pm    Post subject: Family sponsorship question Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

A married female friend of my mine from U.S. wants to apply for teaching positions at Ajman University. I have heard that a female may not be able to sponsor her family according to the UAE law. She has heard otherwise.

Can someone please clarify this. If she gets a job offer (family status job), can she take her family along? Can she sponsor them? Is it allowed by the law?

Thank you.
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spicegirl



Joined: 29 Mar 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2004 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Pearl,
Females employed in certain categories of jobs/professions are allowed to sponsor their spouse and family. University teachers (lecturers) are one of the categories who can do this, and I know many women here in the UAE who are sponsoring their husband and children, or only their children if they're a divorced mother with custody of the children. I'm sure others on the forum can speak from personal experience and give you a more detailed response about this.
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Pearl



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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2004 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spicegirl: Thanks for the prompt reply.
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Needmyjob



Joined: 06 Apr 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 7:04 am    Post subject: It can be done Reply with quote

Yes, I am one of many women sponsoring family (but not at Ajman U). If you are a teacher or university faculty, you are entitled by federal law to sponsor your husband and/or children's residence visa(s).

However, employers are not required to offer you family status. The UAEU, HCT and some others do, as a matter of routine.

Knowing that, you should prepare to negotiate family status benefits. Some jobs offer all family benefits readily; at other institutions, these are negotiable, and some schools offer only single status jobs to females.

Family status benefits to clarify can include things like:
*housing/furniture accommodations/allowance
*educational allowance/school fees
*round-trip airfare
*health insurance for self and dependents

There is also the psychological side of living here. When one spouse has a university contract, the other spouse typically gets a much lower-paying job, if s/he finds work at all. This can put stress on a relationship.

There are even little annoyances that can build up. For example, the dependent spouse needs the other's permission to buy a car or get a cell phone.

Most of us handle the situation well....just be sure exactly what Ajman U is offering.
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