Non-citizens of the UAE are required to obtain a work permit and residency permit in order to work in the country. There are different types of visas/permits, each for a particular purpose.
Emirates ID is an identity card issued by Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security-ICP. All UAE nationals and residents are required by law to obtain Emirates ID Card and carry it at all times.
The following requirements are to be met in order to qualify for an employment residence permit:
Your passport must be valid for at least six (6) months at the time the application is submitted.
Legalization is the formal confirmation by the appropriate authorities that a document is truthful, correct, and authentic. Legalization involves authentication by the foreign office and the UAE Embassy in the country of issue of the document. In addition, the legalised document is required to be counter legalised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE.
Yes, all employees need to complete legalization of their highest academic degree/diploma/ secondary certificates as a part of their Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) work permit application
The employment entry permit is valid for 60 days from the date of issue and cannot be extended, hence the employee is required to enter UAE within the validity period. Upon entry to the UAE, there is a 60-day grace period to complete the residence visa process.
The employment residence permit will allow you to live and work in the UAE for an initial period of up to two (2) or (3) years.
Yes, residence permit may be renewed from within the UAE for an additional two (2) or (3) years. The renewal application process can be initiated approximately 180 days in advance of the expiry date, if needed.
Yes, for the residence visa renewal process, the visa holder and the visa sponsor must be inside the UAE until the process is completed, which takes typically 2-3 weeks. A UAE residence visa is typically renewable in every two or three years
As a legal resident of the UAE, you cannot spend more than six (6) months continuously outside of the UAE. If this requirement is not complied, your residence permit will automatically lapse and become void. Please note, mandatory de-registration is required and subsequently a new employment residence permit application will need to be processed.
Upon entering the UAE on Entry Permit, you must remain in the UAE until the completion of the residence visa. You CANNOT leave while your residence visa is under process.
This will include a medical history review, physical examination, chest x-ray and blood test.
No, you are not allowed to work until your employment entry permit is issued or visa change status process is complete.
No, it is illegal to work in the UAE with or without pay while being on a visit or tourist visa. According to the UAE's labour and residency laws, a individual cannot work if he/she has not been issued a work permit and an employment visa. Violators may be liable to fines and deportation
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