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How to apply for the UAE work visa?

How to apply for the UAE work visa?

The United Arab Emirates or the UAE which consists of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Sharjah, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain has always been a favorite of those looking for an overseas job. The country’s rapid growth in recent years has increased the opportunities to make a career here. Most of the job opportunities here are found in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

In order to get a work permit to work in the UAE you must first get a job. Your employer sponsors your work permit. This work permit is valid for two months and allows you to enter the country.

Once you enter the UAE on this work permit, the sponsoring employer will help you complete the formalities for medical testing, obtain your UAE Resident Identity (Emirates ID) Card, Labor Card and get the work residency permit stamped on your passport within 60 days.

Eligibility conditions

Before you get your work permit, there are certain eligibility requirements that you and your employer must fulfil. These include:

Apart from this, foreign workers are divided into three categories based on their qualifications or skills:

Documents required for UAE work permit

Once you submit your application, the government takes about 5 working days to grant the work permit.

The work permit is issued with the Labor Card and the Residence Visa. The Residence Visa allows you to stay and work lawfully in the UAE. UAE Residence Visas are issued for 1, 2, or 3 years, depending on the purpose of travel and the discretion of the UAE agencies. The Residence Visa allows you to bring your family members to the UAE.

Renewal of Work Visa

Your sponsor will need to renew your UAE Work Visa within 30 days before its expiry date.

The UAE Work Visa renewal process is similar to when you first received your visa: your sponsor must apply in the appropriate emirate at the General Directorate for Residency and Foreign Affairs.

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