Why work in UAE?
- 1000’s of Job vacancies available for skilled workers.
- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, and Fujairah have high job vacancies.
- The unemployment rate in UAE is 3.50%.
- Working hours are 48 hours per week.
- Earn tax-free income
Migrate to UAE via work visa
Few work visas help in getting settled in UAE. They are:
UAE offers Green visa for various foreign individuals. Freelancers, skilled professionals, talents, entrepreneurs, and investors. To migrate using a UAE work visa, Individuals can opt for a Green visa for skilled employees.
Requirements for Green visa
- Possess a valid contract for employment
- Must have been classified in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd occupational level as per the list in the Ministry of Humans.
- Must be a Graduate or equivalent
- The salary of the job must be not less than AED 15,000/month
The ‘UAE Golden visa‘ is a visa that provides a residence permit for long-term (5 years) and allows foreign talents to study, work or live in the UAE.
The eligible individuals to apply for the golden visa of UAE are:
- Researchers & Specialized talents
- Highly talented students with promising scientific knowledge
Standard UAE work visa:
A foreign national can obtain a normal employment visa, which is generally for two years, if they are:
- Employed with a private employer – Must have to apply for a residency permit for the individual working in the private sector.
- Employed with a government employer or a free zone – You must apply for a residency visa for the individual working in a free zone.
- For the standard work visa, the employer must have to apply for the standard residence visa.
Types of UAE work visas
MOHRE, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, grants 12 work permits and 6 job models under the new law. The new law for the workforce in UAE provides flexibility for employers and employees to determine the type of contractual agreement that meets the interests of both parties.
Apart from the regular full-time schemes, the employees are permitted to take up remote jobs, part-time, shared jobs, flexible employment contracts, and temporary permits if applying to the private sector.
Six job models
The job models of UAE provide the flexibility to work for the employees on an hourly basis for more than 1 employer or a project.
|Job model||Employees can do|
|Change contracts||The employees are allowed to change their contract from 1 job to another by meeting the entitlements of 1st contract.|
|Combine job models||Employees can combine 1 or more job models, as far as work for not more than 48 hours a week.|
|Full-time employees can take up part time||Full-time employees allowed to take up part-time jobs provided must not exceed the threshold of hours.|
|Remote-work||This enables the employees of part-time or full-time to work totally or partially from outside of the office.|
|Shared job model||Allowed to split the responsibilities of the job|
|Full-time||Can work for 1 employee for full working day|
|Part-time||Can work for 1 or more hours for a certain period|
|Temporary||A specific period of contract or the project-based work|
|Flexible||Providing the freedom to work based on the requirements & circumstances of the job|
12 UAE work permits
Following are the 12 work permits that employers can hire who have a diversity of talents & cadres in the workplace.
- Temporary work permit
- One-mission permit
- Part-time work permit
- Juvenile permit
- Student training permit
- UAE/GCC National Permit
- Golden Visa Holders permit
- National Trainee permit
- Freelancer permit
- Expats sponsored by family permit.
- Residence permits for contractual employment
- Green Visa
Dubai Work Visa Categories:
Based on the skill sets, & education qualifications of the applicant, there are 3 categories of Dubai work visa:
Category 1: Having a Bachelor’s Degree.
Category 2: Having a Post-Secondary Diploma.
Category 3: Having a High-School Diploma.
Eligibility for UAE work visa
- Applicants must be 18 years.
- Skilled workers with a Graduation.
- Unskilled works skill must have Trade Qualifications.
- At least 2 – 3 years of experience in the concerned field.
- Applicant must possess a job offer with a valid business-licensed employer.
- Meet the medical requirements.
Requirements for UAE work visa
To obtain a work visa in UAE, the applicant must apply for a residence visa, and the employees need the following:
- A photocopy of a valid passport
- An Emirates ID card
- An entry permit document from the Ministry of Labor
- Medical screening document
- A copy of a company card & license
After applying for a residence visa, the employee can apply for a work permit. Along with the documents mentioned above, an employment contract from the company is needed.
Top in-demand occupations in UAE
UAE has widely developed IT infrastructure and enterprise software development that contributes to science & technology-based innovations. IT is considered the 3rd highest earning economy for UAE and raises USD 1 Trillion in remote investment.
IT & Software sectors have a huge need for skilled workers, as there is a shortage in the workforce in the country. An IT or Software employee can earn up to AED 6,500 – ARD 8,501 per month.
Engineering is one of the popular career options in the UAE. UAE has a wide range of openings in Engineering, and an engineering employee can earn up to AED 15,000 per month. Foreign nationals can try a variety of roles in an engineering occupation.
UAE is expected to have a steady growth in Finance & accounting jobs. There are a huge shortage in the UAE of Finance & Accounting based skilled workers. In a few instances, the role might vary depending on the employer. But in short, Accounting and Finance professionals can earn up to AED 7,500 per month.
Human Resources Management is an occupation that is in a shortfall of skilled workers. Due to the increase in the number of new investments and start-ups, there is a high requirement for Human Resource Management in UAE. An HR professional can earn up to AED 7,000 on average per month.
UAE is famous for welcoming foreign nationals to work in the Hospitality sector, as there are many hotels. Hotel businesses earn up to AED 11 billion from tourists. On average, a Hospitality professional can earn up to AED 8,000 per month. There is enormous scope for growth till prospects in the next 8 – 10 years.
Sales and Marketing are pivotal roles among most UAE employers. UAE expects more than 20% job growth rate in these roles. The percentage is expected to increase to 21% in the next 5 years.
52% of UAE employers are looking for Marketing and Sales professionals because of a talent shortage. A sales or marketing professional can earn up to AED 5,500 – AED 6,000 per month.
Healthcare sector is expected to grow with an annual growth rate of 7.5% for over next 8-10 years. More over UAE holds top 50 ranking globally has best healthcare system. The country has a history of successful migration for foreign skilled professionals in healthcare sector. On an average a healthcare professional can earn up to AED 7188 per month.
STEM jobs related occupation is one of the in-demand occupations in UAE. The STEM job opportunities require highly-skilled and high paid jobs. On average, a STEM professional can earn up to AED 7,500 per month as a fresher on an average.
Teaching is an in-demand occupation in UAE. The average pay for teaching professionals is between AED 10,250 to AED 15,000 per month. The Education market is expected to grow from 5% to 8% till 2026.
One of the highest-paid industries is nursing in UAE. Nursing is always a highly demanding occupation, and it is expected to increase by 8% annually until 2030. On average, a nursing professional can earn up to AED 6,000 – AED 10,000 as a fresher per month.
Steps to apply for UAE Work Permit
Following are the 6 steps to obtain a work permit in UAE:
- Visa Quota Approval
- Job offer Contract
- Approval of work permit application
- Employment Entry visa
- Medical screening
- Labor Contract
- Stamping of Residence visa
Work Permit to UAE PR
Various pathways lead to UAE Permanent Residence.
Employment Visa Path
One of the best pathways that are used to obtain UAE permanent residency is by getting employment. This gets you a hold of employer sponsorship. A residency certificate is another document that has to be obtained along with this.
One of the easiest paths to UAE PR. The Golden visa is a long-term permanent residence visa that allows skilled foreign nationals to study, work and live in UAE with exclusive benefits. It is valid for 5 – 10 years.
UAE Green Visa is a 5 years residence permit in UAE. One of the easy paths to UAE Permanent Residence.
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