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Guide to Work Visa Process and Requirements in the UAE

Updated: Jul 4

UAE Work Visa Types for Employees


The UAE offers various types of work visas to accommodate different categories of employees and workers. Here are the primary visa types for employees:


Work Visa Process and Requirements in the UAE
Work Visa Process and Requirements in the UAE


1. Standard Work Visa

The standard work visa is the most common type of employment visa in the UAE, typically issued to employees hired by companies registered in the UAE.


2. Green Visa

The Green Visa is a long-term residency visa for freelancers, self-employed individuals, and skilled employees. It provides greater flexibility and stability for residents working independently or with multiple companies.


Subcategories:

  • Freelancers/Self-Employed: For individuals who work independently or run their own businesses.

  • Skilled Employees: For highly skilled workers with specialized qualifications and experience.


3. Golden Visa

The Golden Visa is a long-term residency visa granted to investors, entrepreneurs, specialized talents, researchers, and outstanding students, offering up to 10 years of residency in the UAE.


Employment Visa Basics

Eligibility

To be eligible for a work visa in the UAE, applicants must meet specific criteria set by the UAE government, including a valid job offer from a UAE-based employer.


Key Requirements

  • Valid Passport: Minimum six months validity.

  • Job Offer: Official job offer letter from a UAE-based employer.

  • Medical Fitness Test: Completion of a medical examination at an approved health center in the UAE.

  • Educational Certificates: Attested academic and professional qualifications.

  • Labor Contract: Signed labor contract between the employee and employer.

Rules

  • Employees must not work for another employer without proper authorization.

  • Employers are responsible for the visa sponsorship and renewal processes.

  • Employees must undergo a medical examination and obtain health insurance.


Step-by-Step Visa Application Process for UAE

1. Entry Permit Application

The employer applies for an entry permit (eVisa) that allows the employee to enter the UAE.

2. Entry to the UAE

Upon receiving the entry permit, the employee can travel to the UAE.

3. Medical Fitness Test

The employee undergoes a medical examination at an approved health center.

4. Emirates ID Application

The employee submits biometric data (fingerprints) and applies for an Emirates ID.

5. Residence Visa Stamping

The employer submits the employee's passport, medical test results, Emirates ID application, and other documents to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) for residence visa stamping.

6. Labor Contract Registration

The employer registers the labor contract with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).

Visa Application Fees

Visa application fees vary based on the visa type and duration. Employers usually cover these costs.

Cancellation of Employment Visa

Fees

The fees for canceling an employment visa depend on the employee's visa status and the duration of their stay in the UAE.

Process

  1. Employer’s Request: The employer initiates the cancellation process through MOHRE.

  2. Submit Documents: Required documents include the employee’s passport, Emirates ID, and labor card.

  3. Cancellation Approval: Once approved, the employee's visa is officially canceled.

After Cancellation

The employee must exit the UAE within the grace period unless they transfer to a new employer.


Checking Visa Status and Validity

Visa Status

Employees can check their visa status online through the GDRFA or MOHRE websites.

Visa Validity

Visa validity depends on the type of visa issued and can range from one to three years.


Transferring from Visit Visa to Employment Visa

Employees can transfer their visit visa to an employment visa by applying for a status change with the relevant authorities.


Common Visa Frauds

  • Fake Job Offers: Scammers offering fake job offers to extort money.

  • Unauthorized Agents: Agents claiming to provide visa services without proper authorization.

  • Fake Visas: Fraudulent visas issued by unregistered entities.


Working Hours, Leave Policies, and Benefits

Working Hours

  • Standard working hours: 8 hours per day, 48 hours per week.

  • Reduced working hours during Ramadan.

Leaves

  • Annual Leave: Minimum of 30 days per year.

  • Sick Leave: Up to 90 days of sick leave per year (first 15 days with full pay, next 30 days with half pay, remaining days without pay).

  • Maternity Leave: 45 days with full pay.

  • Paternity Leave: 5 days.


End of Service Benefits

  • Gratuity Pay: Calculated based on the length of service.

  • Final Settlement: Includes unpaid salaries, leave encashment, and other dues.


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