If you wish to do business in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), but are not a UAE national, you must ensure that you secure the correct visa depending on your reason for stay. The process for obtaining a visa in the UAE is relatively simple but is a crucial step in order to ensure compliance with immigration laws and regulations. Since Dubai is one of seven other Emirates making up the United Arab Emirates, the process for obtaining the appropriate visa applies nationwide.
Tourists or those visiting the UAE on business purposes for more than 14 days can apply for a short-term (30 days) or long term (90 days) visit visa.
Business visitors who make visits to the UAE on a regular basis can also apply for a multiple entry visa. This visa is valid for six months and allows the holder to stay in the UAE for 30 days at a time. To obtain this visa, the individual must enter on a Visit Visa and then apply for a multiple-entry visa from the local immigration office during their stay in the UAE.
The UAE government offer foreign professionals with entrepreneurial experience to apply for a multiple entry Business Visa to facilitate the process of establishing business projects in the UAE. This type of visa allows entrepreneurs to explore and experiment with the business landscape in the UAE and offers the opportunity for themselves and their dependents to obtain long-term residency. Applications can be made through the UAE government’s new website dedicated to the Golden Business Visa.
Any foreigner over the age of 18 is eligible to apply for a UAE work visa, provided that they meet the eligibility requirements set out by the Ministry of Human Resources (MoHRE). While there is no upper age limit for expatriates to apply for the right to work in the UAE, companies employing workers over the age of 65 pay a higher fee for the application.
To apply for the employment visa in Dubai, you must have an offer of employment from a business in the UAE. The employer will then apply for your temporary work permit on your behalf as well as assist you in submitting the necessary documents for the UAE work visa.
Once the employer has submitted all the necessary documents, it usually takes around 5 working days for the Ministry to issue the work permit, which serves a permit to enter the UAE on the grounds of employment.
The work permit is initially valid for a period of 30 days, after which it may be extended by another 30 days. This gives the applicant 60 days to remain in the UAE, during which time they must arrange a Residence Visa, Emirates ID and Labour Card.
Work Residency Visa
UAE Residence Visas are issued for 1, 2, or 3 years depending on the discretion of the UAE authorities and your purpose of stay. Once you have obtained your temporary work permit for entry into the UAE, with the help of your employer you can now begin collecting the necessary documentation to apply for the Residency visa. This includes:
- Completed application
- Multiple passport sized photos
- Copy of employment contract
- Copies of academic qualifications, authorised by the UAE Embassy/consulate as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in your home country.
- Medical certificate issued by a government-approved health facility in the UAE.
- Commercial/trade license of the hiring company
Once your application is approved, the GDRFA will affix the Residence Visa in your passport, and an Emirates ID and Labour Card will be issued to you, valid for the same duration as your visa. For more information, you may consult the GDRFA Dubai website.
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