Work Permit in UAE; Everything You Should Know to Get There


Working with a high salary or working in a healthy environment! This is the question?!

The UAE has it all; it is one of the famous work destinations for expatriates. Due to the UAE's easy work visa requirements compared to other countries in the GCC. The United Arab Emirates is an excellent choice for companies and job seekers.

However, to get a Work Permit in UAE, there are specific requirements that you must follow regarding Ministry of Labor Documentation, work permits, employment visas, Workforce Management Partners, and the immigration department. It is essential to get all the correct information before you get started.

Here's a complete guide to knowing all about UAE Work Permits and Visas, including:

Work Permit in UAE

Types of Work Permits in the United Arab Emirates

  • Residence Permits: for those with the Ministry of Human Resources approval, Emiratization, and an employment contract. (MoHRE issues 12 types of work permits)
  • Green Visa: a 5-year self-sponsored residence permit for freelancers, highly-skilled workers, and investors.
If you want to live and work in the UAE, you must have a Residence Visa and a work permit for the UAE. Yet, first, you must get hired to procure your employment visa.

Required Documents for Temporary UAE Work Permits

To be able to apply for a temporary work permit, your employer needs to submit certain documents on your behalf, including:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your contract
  • A colored (white background) passport-size photograph of you
  • A copy of your residence visa (should be valid for at least six months)
  • Copies of your academic qualifications
Remember: your employer is responsible for applying for your temporary work permit in UAE. Meanwhile, you can execute the UAE work permit online through the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation official website or in person via Tas'heel services in the UAE.

Generally, a Work Permit in UAE is valid for six months.*

UAE Work Permits online

How to Check your Work Permit Status Online

You can check your UAE work permit status online via the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization website "MOHRE." All you need to do is to follow these simple steps:

1- Search for the MOHRE or Tas'heel services website

work permit status in UAE

2- Click on the "SERVICES" page
3- Enter your personal details: person code, date of birth, nationality, and labor card number

Then, you will be able to view your work permit status online.

Tas'heel services website

Temporary Work Permit Fees

The temporary work permit in the UAE costs:

- An initial approval of a new electronic work permit: AED 200 (for all categories/levels)

- Approval of the electronic work permit (the worker's recruitment, hiring, and Labour Card):

Category 1: AED 300

Category 2: is divided into levels, depending on the ratio of skilled and unskilled workers that the company has:

Level A: AED 600
Level B: AED 1,500
Level C: AED 2,000

Category 3: AED 5,000

*For foreign workers over the age of 65: AED 5,000 on all categories *

*These fees are payable by your employer.*

*These fees are separate from any Tas'heel services fees that may be applicable.*

*All fees are according to The United Arab Emirates' Government portal

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