United Arab Emirates – DIFC Salary Certificate Changes

What has changed

Effective September 1, 2016, the government authorities at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) made an agreement with the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai and the Dubai Police regarding Salary Certificates. Employees with a monthly salary above AED 20,000 are no longer required to disclose their exact salary amount on the Salary Certificate which is issued by GSO (Government Services Office) in DIFC to support Dependent Visa applications and requests for Liquor Permits/License.

Previously, it was required that the exact salary for every employee be disclosed on the Salary Certificate.

Who is affected?

  • All employees who are sponsored by companies based in DIFC are affected only when applying for Dependent Visas and or requesting a Liquor Permits/License

What to expect

This change only applies to employees with a monthly salary above AED 20,000 (approximately 5,445 USD). If that is the case, companies can specify in the certificate that the employees’s salary is over AED 20,000.¬†For employees with a salary equal to or less than AED 20,000, salary details will be mandatory, as required by General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs in Dubai.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Should companies issue their employees with a salary equal to or less than AED 20,000, salary details will still be mandatory.
  • Emigra Worldwide can assist in preparing a draft of the salary certificate to be issued by the company.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.