It starts with finding a job, which can be done through classified sites such as getthat.com
You can also check out this really helpful link: Career tips to find a job in the UAE
Now this works in three ways:
Don’t worry, it’s not complicated. It’s quite simple.
Let us help you better understand the process:
Signing job offers from abroad
And if everything is in order, ideally you are supposed to get a work permit issued within a week or so – all subject to your employer following due process.
We know you cannot get a work permit if you are below 18 years but is there a maximum age for expatriates to get a work permit?
Under Article 1 of Ministerial Decree No. 766 of 2015, an employee whose employment was terminated because of expiry of his contract, whether limited or non-limited can get a new work permit when he wishes to join a new employment.
An employee can also get a new work permit for all limited and unlimited contracts if:
New permits for skilled workers
In general, expatriate employees are issued residency visa for one year or two years based on their labour contract. Also, you have an open and closed contract.
In case of an open contract, it gets renewed as many times as the company would like to keep you in their employ.
A closed contract has a fixed tenure.
The duration of residence visa depends on the type of sponsor and the person sponsored. It is issued for one, or two or three years. Visa is renewed subject to conditions similar to those of fresh visas.
A quick overview on the UAE work visa process.
Under the UAE Labour Law No. 8 of 1980, there are two types of employment contracts. The difference lies in the provisions for end of service gratuity and termination.
In 2018, MoHRE implemented a new rule, which allows the companies to recruit skilled workers from inside the country or from abroad under multi-employer contract. These types of contracts are limited only to skilled workers, namely holders of university degrees or higher and those who have completed two or three years diploma in any technical or scientific field.
A very useful link: Multiple contract system
Under the part-time contract, the original employer bears:
Additionally, the original/primary employer may not require the worker to work more than the hours agreed upon or prevent him from working in a similar facility under the non-competition clause or for disclosure of the secrets of the facility.
In order for the UAE to grant or renew a residence visa for all expatriates, males and females, have to undergo and pass medical fitness tests at government approved health centres in the UAE.
All applicants of a UAE Residency Visa, whether for first time or for renewal, will be tested for two communicable diseases:
Those found to be HIV positive or having tuberculosis will be considered medically unfit and therefore will not be granted a residence visa. They will be deported immediately by the UAE’s authorities.
Residents who are detected with dormant or inactive pulmonary tuberculosis are also considered medically fit.
In this case, they are granted a one-year ‘Health Fitness Certificate for Residence’ subject to treatment and follow-up by the Department of Preventive Medicine or equivalent government health authority.
Hence, if you suspect to be suffering from a communicable disease it is advisable to get yourself tested in your home country first.
In order to be able to obtain a clear work/residence permit, expatriates need to be free of all forms of communicable diseases such as HIV and TB.
In order to be able to obtain a clear work/residence permit, expatriates need to be free of all forms of communicable diseases such as HIV and TB. Hence, if you suspect to be suffering from a communicable disease it is advisable to get yourself tested in your home country first.
In addition, the following categories of workers should test negative for syphilis and Hepatitis B:
A new Cabinet Resolution was passed in 2016. As per this resolution, all resident expatriates while renewing their residence visas have to undergo TB screening, too.
Those found with scars or active TB or found having drug-resistant TB will be issued a conditional fitness certificate and be issued residence visa for one year. They will then have to undergo treatment in the UAE.
Where are government medical fitness centres located?
Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Shariah have several medical fitness centres. Check also medical examinations centres for residency offered by the Ministry of Health and Prevention – Preventive Medicine Department.
Medical examination for Residency
You can complete your medical examinations regarding the issuance of a residence visa at a medical examination centre near you.
Services offered at the centres
Medical examination centres for UAE Residency Visa process in shopping malls
The Ministry of Health and Prevention Preventive Medicine Departments
This is necessary to complete your visa application process. It is basically a digital national identification system that is required for most transactions in the UAE. It is linked to your passport and visa – it is part of a national centralized system.
But, fret not, because we have all the details in this useful link: Get your Emirates ID online
Once this done, you just have to wait till your employer completes the process, has the residence visa affixed on your original passport. This can take anywhere from five days to a month, depends on your employer.
Expatriate residents, can sponsor their families in the UAE provided they have a valid residency permit.
Male residents who are employed in the UAE can sponsor their immediate family members, such as wife and children, subject to conditions, which include minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation.
Since March 2019, the type of profession is no longer a condition for an expatriate worker to be able to sponsor his family visas.
Male residents who are employed in the UAE can sponsor their immediate family members, such as wife and children, subject to conditions, which include minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation. Now, an expatriate can bring over his family members to the UAE and sponsor their residence visas regardless of his profession, as long as he maintains the ‘income criteria’ or the minimum wage requirement, which is a minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation.
The UAE government amended its previous provision under which only listed professions could apply for family sponsorship visa.
Now, an expatriate can bring over his family members to the UAE and sponsor their residence visas regardless of his profession, as long as he maintains the ‘income criteria’ or the minimum wage requirement, which is a minimum salary of AED 4,000 or AED 3,000 plus accommodation. Check with the relevant GDRFA (based on the emirate your visa is from, here are some quick links for Dubai and Abu Dhabi) for more information.
Further, if the father of the family is residing in the UAE and meets the conditions for sponsoring his children, the mother is not allowed to sponsor them.
A resident sponsor has 60 days to apply for his dependents’ residence visa after they enter the UAE and modify their status from an entry permit holder to a resident visa holder.
Family members are issued visas for one or two years depending on the nature of the work and employment contract of the sponsoring member.
Sponsored residents except adult males who are continuing their education and sponsored parents can enjoy the same visa duration as their sponsors. For adult males and parents, the residence visa is granted on a yearly basis regardless of the sponsor’s visa duration.
An expatriate resident may sponsor the residence visa for his wife and children if he fulfils the sponsorship requirements set by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
Required documents to sponsor your wife and children include:
Women can sponsor their families, too
What happens to your family’s visa/s if you quit or lose your job?
A great toll free number for MoHRE to have: 800-60
Information Courtesy: www.gulfnews.com, MoHRE and GDRFA
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