Work permits for Abu Dhabi

In order to legally work in Abu Dhabi, expats will need to obtain a work permit; only, it’s not known by this name, it’s rather called a residence visa-sponsorship for employment.

As the title indicates, it’s necessary for expats to have an employer sponsor them by offering them a job contract and by applying with the appropriate authorities for the visa.

For the most part, the hiring company assumes the responsibility of completing most of the paperwork and braving the bureaucracy that comes with it. That said, it never hurts for expats to familiarise themselves with the process, and take note of the documents they must submit to help them on their way.

Steps to getting a work permit in Abu Dhabi


After finding a job and successfully negotiating a job contract, by far the hardest part of the process, expats must provide their employer with the requested, notarised paperwork that they can use to support the application process.

Generally, companies are familiar with this process and will provide the applicant with a clear list of the documents they must gather.

Eventually, the successful applicant will be issued with an entry permit, which allows them to come to Abu Dhabi and the greater UAE.

Upon arrival expats must complete and pass a medical exam, and submit the results to their employer. They will finish the application process with this information, and the applicant will be issued with a labour card; the official document that gives them the right to work in Abu Dhabi.

Labour cards are normally valid for two years.

*Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice and expats should contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.

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