Employment visas in Dubai

How can you work in Dubai?
To work in Dubai, you have couple of options as for your visa status: your stay in the UAE can be sponsored by your family (dad, mom, sister or brother), your spouse or one company.


If your company will sponsor your visa you will have an employment visa.

After you arrive, it is mandatory to get a health card, followed by a residence permit on your passport and a labour card, particularly if you work for the private sector. If you work for the government sector, the government department will take the necessary procedures on your behalf.

To get your health card, you will need to go to a Medical Fitness Centre in Dubai, here you will go trough some examinations, but in aprox. 30 minutes you are ready, your results in couple of days.

Here are some useful links if you want to read a little bit more about this:

  • for the UAE Labour Law  on the Ministry of Labour website (unfortunately the English version doesn’t work that well as the Arabic, there are some things on the site you won’t be able to find). If you are an employee, you can verify your contract or labour card through the MOL’s website. An employer can also get the personal details of an employee in addition to company information, list of employees, licence or labour card status after logging into the website.
  • For attestation of your diploma you can find more information on the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research‘s website. Before seeking a job, particularly in the government sector, you must attest your academic qualifications as per the observed regulations. If you are holder of a degree from a foreign country or a university which is not licensed in the UAE, you must seek educational accreditation of your degree from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

You need to keep in mind that applying for a Freezone visa has its own rules (similar to the regular visa, but still a little bit different).

Good luck!


6 thoughts on “Employment visas in Dubai

  1. Also as I got to know there are some restrictions for visa approval regarding Syrian and Palestinian aplicants. I do not have any official link, but please try to find out, and if it’s right post a comment. Thanks, Ali

  2. Thanks guys for posting.

    We will try to find out what is the truth about the issues you mentioned. In the meantime, if anyone has any information confirmed by source, please do not hesitate to post it.

    Fresh in Dubai Team

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