United Arab Emirates Visa Guide

If a country could be “trending”, United Arab Emirates has been, making a very successful PR run in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Plenty of people are making Dubai and Abu Dhabi not only a vacation spot, but a place to expand on career in an entirely new and different market. Dubai, with a massive immigrant population and demand for western companies, products, and services, is a perfect place to look for additional opportunities as an English speaking professional.

With rising salaries and an increasing demand for foreign skill, you’re likely to find something that works for both your bank account and your resume.

Below you’ll find the steps and options for getting a work visa to the UAE as well as some tips on how to get set up!

At this point, there is no permanent residency available in the UAE unless you are bringing your own company or you are buying property. This makes the process incredibly simple for you actually: there’s one recommended route for young professionals.

The only way is to get a work and residency permit:

For this, you will need to look for a job and secure a contract with a company before planning your move. Your employer will then submit application to start the process. All together, the process should take 2 weeks before you’re able to make your way over.

Here’s the whole process:

  1. You are issued a work permit which allows you to begin working upon arrival for two months.
  2. Your sponsoring company will arranges all the rest: medical tests, residence card, and labour card within 60 days. You will need a valid passport that will not expire within 6 months of your arrival.
  3. After this, you can sponsor family.
  4. Generally, this is for two years.

Really, the process is incredibly simple for professionals moving over. Almost everything is handled by your sponsoring company. You just need to worry about having a valid passport and finding a sponsoring employer.

You can search for sponsoring jobs right now in the UAE right here: VisaOk.in.


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