The employment visa (sometimes referred to as labour visa) gives you the legal right to work in the UAE. To obtain this visa, you’ll need to go through an extensive approval process, which is why it’s useful to have professional assistance.
It’s the most commonly issued visa, and is valid for two years (three years in a Free Zone). After this time, it will need to be renewed. In order to apply for a labour visa, you’ll be asked to supply a variety of supporting documents, such as a copy of your passport, your immigration establishment card, educational certificates (where appropriate) and your trade licence, among other things
The process of gaining a UAE residency visa
The process of gaining a UAE residency visa differs, depending on which type of visa you choose (we can advise). The steps below illustrate typical routes towards obtaining one.
Apply for an entry permit
This first stage can either be carried out while you’re in the UAE, or in another country.
Arrive in Dubai
Arrive in Dubai to activate entry permit – or perform in country status change if in UAE already
Medical test and ID
Once you’ve been given your entry permit, you’ll be asked to undergo a medical test, and apply for your UAE ID.
Submission of documents
Next, you’ll need to gather the relevant documents and submit them to the immigration department.
Once all the documents have been reviewed and approved, your passport will be stamped with your residency visa.