In this article, we will explain the eligibility criteria for an entry permit for employment in the UAE and how to apply. For expert assistance with your immigration matter, contact Reiss Edwards, immigration lawyers and solicitors in London, on 020 3744 2797 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For international workers with high levels of skills and work experience, the UAE is undoubtedly a highly desirable destination. As one of the most advanced regions in the Middle East, the UAE has a robust economy, excellent job prospects, and high rates of pay. In order to gain the permission needed to work in the UAE, candidates first need to secure employment and then apply for an entry permit. We also discussed in another article about the new employment visas available in the UAE, which you can take a look at.
In this article, we will explain the eligibility criteria for an entry permit for employment in the UAE and how to apply.
Not everyone needs an entry permit for the UAE. Nationals of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, which include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, State of Kuwait, Kingdom of Bahrain, State of Qatar, and the Sultanate of Oman, do not need to apply for an entry permit for the UAE. Citizens of these countries simply need to produce their GCC country passport or national ID card at the point of entry into the UAE.
If you intend to work in the UAE and you are not from a GCC country, you will most likely need to apply for a visa.
Applicants for a pre-arranged entry permit for the UAE must :
There are three main stages to securing the permission you need to work in the UAE:
The application process for a pre-arranged employment entry permit for the UAE is initiated by the UAE employer. The first part of the process involves the employer applying to the UAE Ministry of Labour (MOL) for visa quota approval on behalf of the foreign employee. If this is approved, the next stage is for the employer to prepare and submit an employment contract (which must be signed by the employee) to the Ministry of Labour.
If the MOL is satisfied that the requirements for a work permit have been met, they will issue an approval for an employment entry permit (this is sometimes referred to as a ‘pink visa’).
Once the entry permit for employment is approved and issued, the foreign employee then has two months to travel to the UAE to commence their work contract.
Having arrived in the UAE, employment permit holders then have 60 days to secure a residence permit, allowing them to live for the time specified in the country.
To apply for your residence permit, you will need to submit the following documents:
Once you have secured your residence permit for the UAE, you can then apply for a formal work permit. To make an application for a work permit, you will need to submit your residence permit and employment contract from your employer in the UAE.
The Emirate's ID is an identity card given by the UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship and must be held at all times by all UAE nationals and residents (this is a legal requirement). An Emirates ID is a prerequisite when applying for your formal work permit after you arrive in the UAE on your entry permit. In addition, as medical screening is often required for those applying for a residence permit, an Emirates ID is necessary to access the medical examination centre. A full list of medical examination centres can be found online.
Emirates IDs are issued by Emirates Identity Authority (EIDA) centres. Applicants need to show:
As part of the process of applying for an Emirates ID, applicants are required to provide their biometrics, including fingerprints and a photograph.
Depending on the length of your employment contract, you may wish to bring your immediate family members to join you in the UAE, including your spouse and children. Foreign employees with an employment permit are able to sponsor their eligible family members for a residency visa, but only after securing their own residency permit. For more details on bringing your dependant family members with you to the UAE, speak to an immigration lawyer specialising in UAE immigration law.
Reiss Edwards has the resources and expertise to assist with all aspects of UAE immigration. If you need assistance with your employment permit for the UAE or any other immigration matter, contact our UAE Immigration Solicitor on 020 3744 2797 or by email at email@example.com
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