For expats, visa procedures in the UAE are significantly less stringent than in neighbouring Middle Eastern nations. The UAE tries to make the visa application and process as simple as possible as a popular expat destination. Most expats require an entry permission, often known as a pink card, before applying for a UAE visa. This can be funded through a variety of sources, including job, a hotel, or a resident family member. Expats can apply for a residence Visa and a work permit after they arrive in the UAE.
Most expats find work in the UAE before they arrive. This is the quickest and most convenient method of obtaining a resident visa and work permit. In general, UAE corporations will take care of all expat visa procedures, including financing visa payments. Most of the time, these businesses will also sponsor the visas of an employee's immediate family.
In the UAE, obtaining a work permit or job visa is rather simple. The vast majority of expats arrive in the UAE with a job lined up. Most UAE companies manage all residence visa and work permit requirements, including covering visa expenses, which simplifies the visa process.
The duration of work permits and employment visas can range from one to ten years. The Gold Card, the UAE's first ever permanent residence scheme, was launched in May 2019. This visa is intended for "extraordinary experts." Read more about it in our section on Residency Permits.
You must first get an entry visa, an Emirate ID card, and a resident visa before applying for a UAE work permit. In your residence visa, your work permit, also known as a labour card, will be listed. Please check our Residency Permits: Temporary and Permanent section below for further information on obtaining a residency visa.
Proof of a work contract or employment offer from a company in the UAE is the most crucial work visa criterion. All other requirements for a work permit are also required for a residence visa:
In the emirate state where you work, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) issue labour cards. Your labour card will arrive in around 10 days. It usually lasts for two years.
All forms and documents submitted must be written in Arabic. It is also recommended that the employment contract be drafted in Arabic. Three copies will be required: one for you, one for your company, and one for the Department of Labour.
Working in the UAE while on a tourist visa is prohibited. If you find work while on a tourist visa in the UAE, you must change your visa status before starting work.
When it comes to labour contracts, there are no age restrictions, but work permits for individuals 65 and older will cost an extra 5,000 AED (1,360 USD) every two years.
Indian nationals are encouraged to review the details of their visas.
The cost of a UAE work visa varies depending on your company's categorization and whether you are a skilled or unskilled employee.
Individuals with a bachelor's degree or higher certification are classified as Level 1. Here are a few examples of qualified professionals:
Level 2: Individuals who have finished a diploma in any discipline fall into this level. People who work in mechanical and technical jobs usually fall into this category.
Level 3: If you have a high school diploma or a higher secondary diploma.
This is merely a summary of the costs of obtaining a work visa. If your employer does not cover your visa fees, make sure to account for other charges such as medical testing, translation services, and legal fees.
As part of its modern business culture, the UAE provides business visas to qualified individuals who will contribute to the country's economic growth and success. Please visit the Self-Employment section below for specific questions about self-employment visas.
This is a business visa that is valid for 90 days. It must be sponsored by a UAE-based enterprise. It enables foreigners to work in the country for a limited length of time. Some expats use this visa to get a feel for the UAE before committing to a permanent move.
Specialized talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge are eligible for this visa. This includes doctors, experts, scientists, innovators, and creative people in the arts and culture fields. The spouse and children are also eligible for the visa benefit. All categories must have a valid job contract in a priority specialised field in the UAE.
The following conditions must be met in order for this visa to be granted:
This visa has a ten-year validity period.
It is not necessary for expats to acquire a work permit in order to sponsor family members. To sponsor family members in the UAE, expats just require a resident visa. Without a resident visa, obtaining a work permit is impossible.
Work permits are issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE). The employer must apply for a work visa through MoHRE.
An employee whose employment was terminated due to the expiration of his contract, whether limited or non-limited, can obtain a new work permit under Article 1 of Ministerial Decree No. 766 of 2015.
For all limited and non-limited contracts, an employee can also obtain a new work visa if:
If the employee is currently residing in the UAE, he must retain a status that allows him to transfer his residency to a new sponsor.
New permits for unskilled workers
When both the worker and the employer agree to terminate the contract during the term, provided that the worker has worked for at least six months, a new permit can be issued.
A worker whose company terminated him unfairly can get a new permit without having to wait six months, according to the ministerial directive.
Workers who qualify for the skill set series 1, 2, or 3 as designated by the ministerial decree, which signifies holding a university degree, post-secondary diploma, or high school diploma correspondingly, are exempt from the six-month employment requirement. This is true if the employee keeps his contractual obligations.
The UAE's Labour Law No. 8 of 1980, as modified, does not establish a certain age at which employment contracts can be terminated on the grounds of seniority or age. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) charges AED 5,000 every two years for issuing an initial permission for a work permit for persons aged 65 and up.
The MoHRE and the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) of the emirate where a person is employed collaborate to get a work visa.
The process begins with obtaining a work permit from MoHRE for an expatriate. The work permit permits the holder to work in the UAE for a period of two months from the date of issuing.
Following the employee's entry into the UAE on the basis of a work permit, the sponsoring firm organizes for medical tests, the acquisition of a UAE Resident Identity (Emirates ID) Card, a Labour Card, and the stamping of the work residency permit on his passport within a 60-day period. The employee's work residency permit on his passport indicates that he is sponsored by the company where he works.
MoHRE and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation have set up centers outside the UAE to speed up the work visa procedure. Employees would be able to learn about their rights, responsibilities, and terms and conditions of employment, as well as the advantages they are entitled to, in a language they understand at the centers. This approach ensures that companies and employees have a transparent contractual relationship and prohibits any fraudulent attempts to alter employment offers after the employee arrives in the UAE.
The United Arab Emirates, usually known as the UAE or the Emirates, is a popular expat destination due to its relatively easy visa requirements when compared to the surrounding Middle Eastern countries. As a result, the country is an attractive choice for businesses looking to develop worldwide. However, just like any other country, there are certain immigration, resident visa, and work permit regulations that must be followed.
Dhanguard can assist you if you're looking to expand your business into the UAE. By securing the proper work permits and visas for everyone on your staff, we'll ensure that your company is compliant from the start. To learn more about our comprehensive solution, contact us today.
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