Getting a Work and Residency Permit in Dubai

Getting a Work and Residency Permit in Dubai, Dubai is one of the best countries in the world. Its governance and policies are friendly to both citizens and foreigners. Also, Dubai is one of the most beautiful countries in the world; there are so many reasons to visit Dubai, or even plan to live and work there.

In this 21st century, Dubai is setting the pace for other UAE countries, and the need for workers is on the increase in all sectors. Expats can leverage this opportunity to live and work in this city. It doesn’t matter if you’re skilled or not; at the moment, most Dubai employers are looking for both skilled and unskilled employees.

However, for you to live and work overseas, apparently, you need a suitable visa that’ll cover you. In this blog, you’ll learn the steps and requirements for getting work and residency permit in Dubai. A residence visa is what you need first before applying for a work visa/permit.

How to get a Residence visa in Dubai

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Naturally, if a company in Dubai employed you, the company (employer) is responsible for processing your residence visa and work permit. It is very essential that you get the residence visa and work permit before you start working in Dubai; otherwise, you’re violating the law, and it is a punishable offense. Dubai offers different types of residence visas, which are usually valid over a 3-year period.

Requirements for Dubai residence visa

  • Completely fill out the application form.
  • Present several passport-size photographs; the passport photographs must not be older than three months from the application date.
  • The employee’s original passport with a copy
  • Copy of a valid company card
  • The commercial license of the employer or company
  • Present a valid health certificate from a certified health center within Dubai
  • Pay the application fee
  • The entry permit issued by the Ministry of Labor to the employer/company

Note: if your medical tests show positive to any form of terminal/infectious disease, you’ll be deported immediately. Health situations that are checked for include: chest X-ray, blood tests for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, leprosy, and tuberculosis.

After you have gotten the residence visa, you can now push to get the labor card (work permit).

How to get a work permit (Labor Card) in Dubai

This is also supposed to be done by your employer. Below are the requirements and steps to get this permit.

  • The applicant’s photographs
  • Valid Passport
  • Residency Visa
  • The applicant’s health certificate
  • Up to three (3) copies of the employment contract; one is for the employee (applicant), one for the employer/company, and the last copy for the Ministry of Labor
  • Applicant’s education certificates
  • Other evidence to prove to the applicant’s professionalism claim
  • The employer’s or company’s valid trade license

The steps:

Your employer takes the required documents to the Ministry of Labor to get them approved. Once approved, the employee is given an Entry Permit visa (pink visa) to enter Dubai legally. This permit lasts for two (2) months and renewable for a max. of two times.

Once in Dubai, your employer then pushes for your Labour Card (Work Permit). Free Zones are issued an ID card that is similar to a Labour Card. Dubai’s labor card and ID for free zones are valid for two years.


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