The key emphasis will be on the enhancement of the social and economic status of women.
UAE cabinet announced here on Tuesday that, widows and divorced women residents in UAE are entitled to apply for a one-year visa extension. As per the newly amended visa legislation in UAE, visa extension option is available to the women and children for one year from the death of the partner or the date of divorce.
The statement made by cabinet made clear that the new decision enables the beneficiaries to reside in UAE without a sponsor for one year and they can also use this opportunity to adjust their social and economic standing.
The resolution to facilitate the stay of this benevolent group is a significant action made after taking to consider the misery of women and children following the loss of their caretaker. The cabinet states that ‘besides ensuring family stability and social solidity, the motion is an affirmation for UAE’s humanitarian values as a willingness to lend help for the neediest and its position as a friendly country for all nationalities.
The resolution is expected to bring in effect by the fourth quarter of this year. At present, divorced women cannot reside in the country because of their sponsorship is rest with their husbands. However, widows can enjoy the residency until the validity of their existing visa.
The motion has got wide acceptance especially among social workers and legal practitioners and they acclaim that hundreds of women residents in UAE can derive the benefit out of this resolution.
MM Nasar Kanhangad, an Abu Dhabi based social worker reacted on this decision as he had dealt such cases earlier and the new plan will be a relief for the agony of women. It will support those in the feeble situation especially the widows and divorced women and they will get adequate time to decide on their future and adjust their lives within this period.
Ashish Mehta, the founder and managing partner of Ashish Mehta & Associates pointed out that the decision will rectify the situation of women who are suffering from the blow of an unexpected death of the husband or those in a state of separation. They can take crucial decisions and will have the credence to look for their options. He called this action ‘an exceptionally vital decision for the common expatriates in UAE’.The distressed women can take relief from this decision as the education of their children in the country won’t be stopped in swift. The humanitarian considerations and wholeheartedness of UAE government are exposed through this decision.
The women, widows and their children can reside in the country without a sponsor for one year and besides, the social and economic status of the women can be strengthened through this motion. By the fourth quarter of this year, the declaration will come in force and its a part of government’s effort to cater to the needs of UAE’s residents and visitors through decisions making and developing legislation.