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Dubai: Labour Regulation

Work Permits

The Naturalization & Residency Department (DNRD) is the only administrative authority responsible for issuing visas to foreigners wishing to enter the UAE. The visas issued by the Department differ in accordance with the purpose of the visit of the foreign visitor.

Citizens of GCC countries (Gulf Cooperation Council: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman) and British nationals with the right of abode in the UK do not need visas to enter the UAE. GCC nationals can stay more or less as long as they like. Britons can stay for a month and can then apply for a visa for a further two months.

The DNRD issues different types of visas, which are listed below. Applications for visas can be completed online or at a DNRD office.

1) Transit Visa

  • Issued upon arrival at the airport
  • Airline sponsored only
  • Applicants should have onward booking
  • Should have a minimum of 8 hour transit break
  • Fees: AED165

2) 90 days long-term visit visa and 30 days short-term visit visa for individuals:

2.1 In case of Personal sponsorship:

  • Fees for 90 days AED1,120 (e-form), AED1,110 (DNRD), for 30 days AED620 (e-form), AED610 (DNRD)
  • AED1,000 deposit refundable upon departure
  • Copy of Sponsor passport
  • Copy of Sponsored passport
  • Copy of Sponsor salary certificate
  • Proof of family relationship
  • Proof of travel insurance

2.2 In case of Establishments sponsorship:

  • Fees for 90 days: AED1,120 (e-form) AED1,110 (DNRD), for 30 days AED620 (e-form) AED610 (DNRD)
  • AED1,000 deposit refundable upon departure
  • Entry permit application form with completed typed data
  • Establishment card and copy thereof
  • Copy of the Sponsored passport.

3 - 90 days long-term visit visa for companies

  • Fees: AED1,120 (e-form) AED1,100 (DNRD)
  • AED1,000 deposit refundable upon departure
  • Copy of establishment card
  • Copy of the sponsored passport
  • Copy of the sponsor passport
  • Traveler insurance

4 - 30 days short-term visit visa for companies:

  • Fees: AED610 (e-form) AED620(DNRD)
  • AED1,000 deposit refundable upon departure
  • Copy of establishment card
  • Copy of the sponsored passport
  • Copy of the sponsor passport
  • Traveler insurance

5 - Tourist visa

  • Fees: AED220 (e-form), AED210 (DNRD)
  • Passport copy of the sponsor
  • AED1,000 deposit refundable upon departure

A Multiple Visit Visa can be granted after a normal visa has been issued and used, and are an option for business visitors who are frequent visitors to the UAE and who have a relationship with a reputable company in the UAE. Valid for six months from date of issue, each visit must not exceed 30 days in total. This visa costs AED1,000 (2012). The visitor must enter the UAE on a visit visa and obtain the multiple entry visa while in the country.

German citizens (both tourists and business visitors) may apply to the UAE embassy in Germany for one or two year multiple-entry visa. No sponsor is required. The maximum duration of stay should not exceed three months a year. The visa fee is AED1,500.

US citizens may apply to the UAE embassy in the US for one to ten year multiple-entry visas. A sponsor is required and the visa will be granted free of charge. The maximum duration of stay should not exceed six months per visit.

A Residence Visa stamped on a passport proves the legal residence of an expatriate in the country. This visa is given to workers who have obtained work permits or for relatives living with them permanently, and additional documentation is required.

In 2003, Dubai, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), of which it forms a part, started making a determined push to increase the participation of locals in the work-force under a policy known as 'emiratisation'.

Just 30% of the Dubai Internet City's (DIC) workforce at the time were UAE nationals. "The DIC also has a strategy to increase the percentage of national workers," said Dr Omar bin Sulaiman, CEO of the City.

In 2012, the Dubai customs authority was declared as the government department employing the highest number of nationals with 79.3% of employees being Emiraties.

 

 

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