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What are UAE Mission Visas and How To Apply | Reiss Edwards

In this article, we will explain the eligibility criteria for a Mission Visa for 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 info@reissedwards.co.uk

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The UAE is one of the most progressive and prosperous regions in the Middle East. With a robust economy offering excellent job prospects and high rates of pay, it is easy to see why foreign workers from all over the world are drawn to seek employment in the UAE. While some international workers may wish to work in the UAE for several years, it is also possible to apply for a ‘Mission Visa’, which enables holders to complete a one-off project or assignment for a company based in the UAE. In this article, we will explain the eligibility criteria for Mission Visa for the UAE and how to apply.

What is a UAE Mission Visa?

‘Mission’ in this sense simply refers to a one-off project or assignment. As such, a Mission Visa simply allows foreign workers to travel to the UAE to complete a one-off piece of work on behalf of a local employer.

Mission visas are typically granted for up to 90 days, but it is possible to extend the visa for up to a maximum period of six months.

Do I need a visa for employment in the UAE?

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.

Am I eligible for a Mission Entry Visa for the UAE?

Applicants for a Mission Entry Visa for the UAE must:

  • Have an offer of employment from a company in the UAE – this must only be for 90 days or less.
  • Be sponsored by their employer – this may be a government entity or a company in the private sector or free zones which is locally licensed and incorporated in the UAE.
  • Have a genuine passport, valid for at least six months.
  • Be outside the UAE when an offer of employment is made
  • Provide a graduation certificate (for certain professions in the UAE).

How do I apply for a Mission Entry Visa for the UAE?

The application process for a short-term Mission Visa 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 Mission visa quota approval on behalf of the foreign employee. If this is approved, the second stage of the process is to apply for a Mission Entry Permit.

If the MOL is satisfied that the requirements for a Mission Visa have been met, they will issue an approval for a Mission Entry visa.

Once the Mission entry visa is approved and issued, the foreign employee can then travel to the UAE to commence their short-term work assignment.

On arrival in the UAE, the stamped entry visa should be given to the employer, who can then finalise the labour contract.

The final stage is to apply for the Mission visa at the Ministry of Labour. Applicants need to take with them their Mission entry visa, their labour contract, passport, and passport photos (see below for more details on the documents required). It may be necessary for the applicant to have a medical examination, after which they will be issued with a Mission card valid for 90 days. A fee of (approximately 400 Dhs) is payable when applying for a Mission visa in the UAE.

If you need any assistance with preparing your application for a UAE Mission Visa or to check your application form and documentation, we recommend speaking to an immigration lawyer specialising in UAE immigration law. By doing so, you can be assured that your application is as complete and correct as possible, providing you with the best chance of receiving visa approval.

Which documents are required to apply for a Mission Visa?

You will need to provide several documents when applying for a Mission Visa, including:

  • Your original valid passport (a National ID card is also required for nationals of some countries, including Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan)
  • Passport photos
  • Personal details, including your contact, role, and salary information
  • Degree certificate or other educational certificates (depending on the requirements for the job) – this must be formally notarized and attested.

Does my employer need to provide health insurance for Mission Visa holders?

In the case of Mission Visas, Mission Visa Insurance is provided by the UAE Ministry of Labour. This means that employers in the UAE recruiting a foreign worker on a short-term Mission Visa do not need to pay for and provide health insurance to the Mission Visa holder.

Can I extend my Mission Visa in the UAE?

Yes, while your Mission Visa will be granted for 90 days, it can be extended up to a maximum of six months. Extension applications are typically processed and granted within two days of receipt by the UAE Department of Labour.

Reiss Edwards has the resources and expertise to assist with all aspects of UAE immigration. If you need assistance with your Mission Visa for the UAE or any other immigration matter, contact UAE Immigration Solicitors on 020 3744 2797 or by email at info@reissedwards.co.uk

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