Here's What You Need To Know If You Want To Move To Dubai For Work

Biggest, tallest, largest of all cities!

Dubai is a cultural melting pot with more attractions than you can imagine. It's home to Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world. And don't forget about the only 7-star hotel Burj Al Arab! A lot of people consider a move to Dubai for work. Before you consider the same, here are a few things to consider.

 

Why move to Dubai for work?

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Here are some stats worth knowing about Dubai:

  • Total population - 2.8 million
  • Total number of expats to date - 7.8 million
  • Currency used - Dirhams (symbolised as ‘Dhs’ or ‘AED’)

Dubai is a hotspot for expats. As a financial hub, many people move here for short-term and long-term opportunities to do business. It's located along the northern coastline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is now the most populated city across the whole of UAE. Many Southeast Asians have moved there thanks to strong business ties with SE Asia

But before you consider a move to Dubai for work, you'll need to know how to get a visa first!

 

Visa requirements when working in Dubai

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Getting a work permit requires you to jump through a few hoops. You'll first need to get a residence visa before the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). These last for three years normally.

You'll need to physically apply in Dubai, so securing an employment entry permit is vital so you have 2 months to stay in the country while your application is processed. Unless your citizenship belongs to a country that gives you a 30-day visa-free access upon arrival, you'll need to apply for one (check here for further information). Normally, the hiring company will act as your sponsor for the entry permit.

 

The process goes as follows:

  • Apply for the entry permit (if applicable)
  • Once approved, the Ministry of Labor issues an entry permit visa which is valid for 2 months
  • Employee flies into Dubai and applies for a residence visa and a labour card
  • Then the employee takes the processed forms to an Emirates ID service centre. A valid passport and entry permit are necessary as forms of ID
  • Once done, the employer applies for the residence visa with the Immigration authorities.
  • In the meantime, the employee needs to go to a government hospital for a corresponding medical fitness test.
  • After receiving results and passing the fitness test, the employer can get the residence visa stamped on the employee's passport.
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    Residence visa application requirements

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    You'll need the following documents when applying for a residence visa:

    • Duly completed application form
    • Copies of standard passport sized photos (white background, taken in the past 3 months, 2"x2")
    • Valid passport that is not within 6 months of expiry
    • A valid commercial license of the hiring company
    • A valid health certificate
    • Application fee (Dhs300)

    The employer usually applies on behalf of the employee. 

     

    Required documents for Labor Card (Work Permit)

    When you apply for the work permit, the documents you need are as follows:

    • Copies of employee's passport-sized photos (white background, taken in the past 3 months, 2"x2")
    • Residency visa
    • Valid passport that is not within 6 months of expiry
    • Certified health certificate from a public hospital
    • Three copies of the employment contract (for the employer, employee, and the Ministry of Labor)
    • Original proof of education certificates/any other relevant professional qualifications
    • The sponsoring company's trade license

     

    Medical Requirements for Residence Visa

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    To ensure your move to Dubai for work is successful, it's important to make sure you pass the fitness test. It's a mandatory procedure and is conducted at any government hospital or medical clinic. However, tests from outside the country won't be accepted.

    The checkup usually involves a chest x-ray and blood tests for communicable diseases like HIV, Hepatitis and tuberculosis. And if you test positive for any of these diseases, your application will be rejected and will face immediate deportation. 

     

    There are so many reasons to move To Dubai for work - just make sure you're covered in your visas before you land! 

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