UAE Employment Visa

A UAE Employment Visa is required for foreign nationals who wish to live in the UAE for an extended period of time. In addition, if you want to work in the UAE, you must first obtain a work permit.

However, you must first find an employer ready to recruit you and begin the process of obtaining a UAE employment visa and work permit.

The UAE employment visa for Dubai, or any other emirate in the United Arab Emirates, comes with special rules to ensure that workers’ rights are protected.

To work in the UAE, both you and the organization that hires you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your age must be at least 18 in order to be able to participate.
  • The company that hires you must have a valid license.
  • There must be no infractions in the company.
  • The work you conduct must be appropriate for the company that hired you.

Eligibility For UAE Employment Visa

Any foreigner above the age of 18 can work in the UAE as long as they meet the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation’s requirements (MoHRE). Even though there is a lack of an upper age limit for employment in the UAE, individuals over the age of 65 are charged a premium price by the corporation.

Based on their academic qualifications/skill sets, foreign workers are categorized into three categories:

  • If you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, you are in category 1.
  • If you possess a post-secondary diploma under any discipline, you will fall into category 2.
  • If you have a high school diploma, you are in category 3.

Documents Required For Getting UAE Employment Visa

Several supporting documents are required when applying for a UAE employment visa, including:

  • Original and copy of passport
  • A photograph, passport size
  • Copies of your academic credentials 
  • Your credentials must be approved by the UAE Embassy or Consulate in your country, as well as your country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • A medical certificate from a health center in the United Arab Emirates that is government approved.
  • Documents from the firm that hired you, such as the company’s commercial license or business card

Until further notice, a certificate of good conduct is not required under the revised UAE employment visa criteria for 2018.

Fees For Getting UAE Employment Visa

The following are the fees for UAE work permits:

  • AED 200 for all categories/levels when requesting an initial approval of a new electronic work permit.
  • Approval of the new electronic work permit (recruitment, hiring, and the worker’s Labor Card):
  • AED 300 for Category 1
  • Category 2: 
  • Level A: 600 AED
  • Level B: 1,500 AED
  • Level C: 2,000 AED
  • AED 5,000 (Category 3)
  • AED 5,000 on all categories for foreign workers over the age of 65.

The second group is broken into levels based on the company’s ratio of skilled and unskilled staff.

In many of the most common circumstances, paying for your UAE work permit is the responsibility of your employer.