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UAE Work Permit and Residence Visa

United Arab Emirates comprises of 7 monarchical emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah; each unique in its own way and complementing to the rich heritage and culture of the UAE. Job opportunities in the emirates abound, and generally there is very little restriction on foreigners taking up a vocation here though local citizens receive special attention in terms of privileges. Majority of the jobs are concentrated in Abu Dhabi (the biggest of all emirates and the most populated), Dubai and Sharjah.

Opportunities in UAE

The mainstay of the different emirates comprising the UAE is crude oil production, processing and exporting. Other industrial activities also receive importance and most emirates are promoting industries in a big way. There is a vast difference between demand and supply of labor making it one of the most attractive places for jobseekers around the world.

Working Conditions

The UAE is a much preferred destination for professionals, business organizations and families. The administration is generally tolerant towards other beliefs and faiths than any other in this part of the world. Life generally moves at a relaxed pace, and security issues are fewer making the place secure.

Work Permits & Residence Visa

To work in one of the emirates of UAE, you will first need to obtain a Work Visa from the respective emirates before entering its territory. A Work Visa is valid for 60 days and during the period you will be required to obtain a Residence Visa through your sponsor (generally your employer). With a Work Visa, you should be able to work or find an employer during the validity period.

If your husband or wife already holds a Residence Visa, he or she is also eligible to sponsor your application. Residence Visa holders are eligible to bring in their family (wife, sons under 18 years and unmarried daughters). Depending on your nationality the applicable rules may be different. If you are from within an UAE state, there may not be many papers to be processed.

Existing Residence Visa holders are also eligible to bring in servants upon certain conditions.

Doing Business

To do business in UAE, you will need a local partner (commonly known as sponsor) except in the free trade zone. In other parts, your share in business will be restricted to 49% maximum. The rules governing the setting up of commercial activities are generally complex, and it is advisable to do it through an established consultant. Sponsors generally do not actively involve themselves in the day to day affairs, but their signature will be required when you have to deal with government departments.

Note: Each emirate has its own rules and there may be some procedural variations in respect of issuing Work Permits and Residence Visa.

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