Expats wanting to live and work in Dubai require a work permit and a residency visa.

Most expats arrive in Dubai after already securing employment, and don’t have to deal directly with the complicated process as employers usually take responsibility for the visa application process, and thus the work permit, while also acting as the sponsor for the visa.

The law requires employers to absorb the costs of applying for a work permit.


Getting a work permit for Dubai

Work permit applications are handled entirely by the employer. All the employee needs to do is supply all the necessary documents to their employer.

Before getting a residency permit, applicants have to pass a health check. Individuals who test positive for HIV/AIDS or pulmonary tuberculosis will not be granted a residency visa and will be deported.

In the process of applying for a work permit, expats will also register for their Emirates ID card and Labour Card.

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

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