How to get Dubai Work Visa?

dubai work visa

Before you get settled in Dubai, you need to have a job and in order to work you require Dubai work visa.

There are a few ways to obtain it but all of them require a lot of time and patience. In addition to that, you must have good amount information so you don’t face any trouble once you are in Dubai. Or if you are already living there and want to get a job, here are some things you must know about Dubai work visa before you start working. Moreover, you will also provided with a labor card.

Along with work permit, a non-UAE national also needs to a have a permanent residence visa.

Methods of obtaining Dubai work visa

The method to get a work visa in Dubai is to search for jobs and send in your resumes. Once your resume gets selected for an interview, go and give the interview. After you are selected for that job position, the company themselves will get you the visa. They will do all the paperwork required to get you the work permit and all you will have to do is present them with the important documents.

Rules of Dubai work visa

– If you are living outside Dubai then either you can send your resume through a friend or relative already living there. Or you can apply online with the help of various websites. Just be careful to not waste your time on unknown and fraud websites which will only charge you and get you no job.
– If you want to go to Dubai and apply then you need a sponsor or a relative to get you a visit visa or there are airlines which also help in obtaining a visit visa of Dubai.
– If you want to study and do some part time job there, then you need a student’s visa.
– If you are already living in there, you will surely have a permanent residence visa. So your task is to only search for a job and the rest will be done by the company.
– Every organization provides their own work visa and you cannot switch between companies using the same work visa. Doing so will get you in trouble as it is not legally allowed. Disobeying this law eventually gets the person deported.
– The validity of work visa is 3 years after which the employer has to renew your visa.
Requirements of Dubai work visa
If you don’t have a sponsor for the time being to get you a work visa, then you can apply for a temporary work visa.

Documents needed for the work visa:

– UAE residential permit
– 6 months of passport validity
– There should be no Israeli stamps on your passport
– On getting a residence visa you then have to get an ID card of UAE.

Amount of time and money required to obtain Dubai Work Visa:

As long as all the documents sent along with the application of work visa are correct, it will take approximately 2 – 3 weeks in the process. If there is some error or if your employer has sent a bunch of applications for work visa then it may take up to 4 weeks.

Different types of work visas in Dubai

– Servants
– Partners
– Investors
– Governmental Institutions

This makes your work visa specific and so you cannot switch between your careers and use the same visa. You will have to apply for a new work visa each time you switch your career. The approximate fee for work visa is Dhs 1500 – Dhs 2000.

Hope you have found this information about Dubai work visa useful. If you have further questions about this, please post your comment below.

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62 Responses to How to get Dubai Work Visa?

  1. Islam A. Mohammed September 6, 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    thanks a lot , if one company accept me through a website ,

    1- what will be the process from their side and my side

    2- company acceptance means get the job or still an interview needed and may be refused , what to do after

    3- i should document my certifications from any place or company will tell me

  2. christine amendi December 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm #

    thanks so much for the information There a certain job petroleum oil Dubai they pretend to have selected you for an engineering job then tell you to contact a travel agency for work visa for the documents and contract letter ica
    n forward for your verification

  3. UMUKORO GODDAY August 12, 2016 at 2:39 am #


  4. Zeeshan Alvi June 10, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    Assalamualaikum please tell me if I want to apply from Pakistan for work visa and I haven’t Visa from UAE and I never worked in Dubai so what should I do?

  5. ALMAAYTEH May 11, 2016 at 1:32 pm #


  6. Dubai Expat Blog April 23, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    @Raymundo If there is no labor ban, they can return to find the job.

  7. Dubai Expat Blog April 23, 2016 at 11:01 am #

    @muahmmad umair: Your residence visa expires if you are out of UAE for more than 6 months.

  8. muahmmad umair April 21, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    kindly please give me information about cancellation paper .actually now i am in pakistan almost 1 year. and still my visa is valid and i want to cancel my visa and take cancellation paper so what i can do for this.
    Thank you.

  9. Raymundo April 21, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    I have Filipino friends (under unlimited visa/s) terminated by their company here in Dubai, and given only two months by the company to find job before cancelling the visa. They’re planning first to go back to their home country for 15 days only and then they will come back and look for new job. Can they be returned here in Dubai? Pls reply..

  10. oskars April 1, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    thanks for the information,please i av a younger sister that wants to work in dubai as assistance secretary or sales girl,how do we go about it and we have found to support her

  11. Fahim Ahmad March 17, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    Thank u so much to very vailue able information

  12. Imen Boukadida February 25, 2016 at 12:14 am #

    Thank you for the different informations 🙂 🙂

  13. Moira February 14, 2016 at 11:29 pm #

    Thank you so much for information

  14. Fuseini Osman January 5, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    Thanks so much for the Education.

  15. rojan rayamajhi December 14, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    I will walk or work in 1 way which gives me reliveable.

  16. Golam Mostafa November 14, 2015 at 10:54 pm #

    Very good information but how can i get a job in dubai. I am an electrical working experience is CNG Compressor trouble shooting, maintenance and service.

  17. Eldesouky November 12, 2015 at 8:37 pm #

    All due respect to those directives to work in the UAE I love

  18. anil tamang November 10, 2015 at 6:54 pm #

    thank you for perfect suggestion

  19. jona October 30, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    may i enrol to the training center (like autocad or office related) even my visa is just a tourist visa? response please .

  20. susan October 30, 2015 at 10:36 am #

    Thank you for your value able information


  21. RADUTA DAN September 21, 2015 at 10:16 am #

    i received a job in abu dhabi , but i can not take visa because i am 60 years old!!!!!!!!!!!
    tell me how i can take work visa? after 60 years is not possible?

  22. Maria August 19, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

    Very informative..please guide me partner visa and its fee and procedure…

  23. azhar mushtaq July 9, 2015 at 8:03 am #

    This Information is Very useful to Me But I tried to get UAE Job Last few Years,
    I Couldn,t Find a Job Please Advice

  24. Vasant Luke Naganur. May 22, 2015 at 7:33 am #

    I am fully qualified Occupational Therapist having 40 years of experience and i want to work in Dubai. Can you guide me please?

  25. Ghulam ali May 21, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    Hi sir
    I am electricion bulding fiting
    I have 5year experince certificate
    Plz give me job i need job

  26. zamshed May 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    How will I get UAE residential permit before going UAE?i m Bangladeshi, so could i get 6th month work permit visa?

  27. Robert April 5, 2015 at 11:01 am #

    Thanks but finding a job for someone with all the experience but over 55 like me is very hard

  28. perfect anyiam April 4, 2015 at 4:09 pm #

    Pls I need a good job I ll do all the necessary requirements.

  29. Selmane March 7, 2015 at 1:43 pm #

    Thank you for your post.

    But i do want to know something,
    i work as a freelancer in web development (front-end and back end development), but i don’t have a diploma in this area, i just have experience that i can show.

    Do you think that there are employers that accept people with expertise rather than having a diploma ??

    PS: i have learned (html5, css3, Jquery, Javascript, PHP, MYsql, WOrdpress, Bootstrap) by myself throught tutorials, books and working on real projects.

  30. sonu upadhyay February 28, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    can you help me in getting job in dubai i am female accountant

  31. Iravani January 28, 2015 at 4:53 pm #

    am iranan with resedent visa dubai i want transfer to another office can i do or no

  32. January 28, 2015 at 4:11 pm #

    can you please provide me with reliable websites which I can use to get jobs in Dubai.

  33. Mati ullah khan December 5, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Mati Ullah Khan
    i usr to live in new york city i like to work in UAE. PLEASE LET LET KNOW HOW I CAN GET WORK WISA

  34. ndi benoit atud December 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Can you please help me locate a job?

  35. ASIF KHAN December 4, 2014 at 9:36 am #

    How can I get my family with me on work Visa in Dubai ?

  36. Robelyn Raquin December 4, 2014 at 8:42 am #

    Thank you so much for the information pretty good I well understand evrthing, have a good day I’m looking forward to have a work in Dubai soon…..

  37. Bikarna RANA November 18, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    Thanks for valuable advice. iam trying online for few years,but iam unsucessful how can I get work permit in dubai

  38. mukhtar alam November 18, 2014 at 10:16 am #

    Sir, I have been trying also to apply for jobs in Dubai. I applying for jobs in Dubai since past 2 yeras which I am so kin to work there but until now no response from there. Kindly suggest me or guide me how do i reach such good person who help me out. Because now a days many fraud persons who took money and ran away. I want to do the direct. please advise.

  39. vijayakumar August 8, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Pls let me know how can i get the temporary work visa.

  40. M.Y.B.Hussain June 21, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    Dear Sir.
    i like to go with my family in dubai please issue residental visa.
    Thank you.


  41. Ashwin Krishna June 21, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Thank you for providing valuable information . Please kindly send job portal links .

  42. shibin June 21, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    very thanks for information

  43. Anam Rafiq June 21, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    hey sir,
    i m Anam from Pakistan,live in lahore. i m staff nurse trained from shaikh zayed hospital lahore. nw i hv been working in national hospital defence lahore nd 3yrs experience from there in peads nd adult department. nw i want to work in UAE. please advice.

  44. Otto Munaf Iskandar May 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm #

    I have been trying also to apply for jobs in Dubai which I am so kin to work there but until now no news at all, at least info from the coys whether ok or not ok, this is only suggestion, thank you for the tips info

  45. DR ERMIAS ALEMU May 9, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

    I thank you for your elaborated information! please keep contact with the new info.

  46. aqeel awan December 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    these are good tips but i am applying online since last two years and didn’t get any reply. plz advice. aqeel awan

  47. Khawaja Tariq Haroon December 7, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    i had been working in hotel industry for the last 25 to 30 years in pakistan and abroad i am 53 three old persons but good health if I would like to visit UAE i can get easly a job in Dubai in any four star hotels.

  48. Sakhawat November 23, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Thanks for good advise and Information…,,

  49. Sajid Hussain Shah November 23, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Very nice tips . Sir i am applying online since last three years and didn’t get any reply . Please recommended site for job detail send me.

  50. Betelihem Emnete September 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    hey ,first of all i would like to thanks for your information .
    my question is -how i can get job related to my profession. i studded theatrical art & i am 26 years old .

  51. Robert September 14, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Thank you for your time and answer

  52. JASMINE RIYAS September 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm #


  53. Dubai Dude September 11, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    @Robert: The retirement age in Dubai is 65 years. However you may still be able to work as consultant / freelancer based on your skill set.

  54. Dubai Dude September 11, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    @Faisal Khurshid: The job market in Dubai is very competitive as thousands of expats arrive here on daily basis to see work opportunities. You have to be persistent and should possess exceptional skills to succeed. Also, I recommend coming to Dubai and then look for jobs as employers usually respond to those candidates that are available for immediate interview.

  55. Faisal Khurshid September 11, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    these are good tips but i am applying online since last six month
    and didn’t get any reply. plz advice.

  56. Robert September 11, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    I read your words and take in what you say
    Is there a age limit to working in Dubai as I am over the age of 60 but have 40+ years of skill and experience

  57. RAMANAYAKE June 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

    This Information is Very useful to Me But I tried to get UAE Job Last few Years,
    I Couldn,t Find a Job Please Advice

  58. Javaid June 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    UAE residential permit is one of the document, required for temporary work visa but the question is how to get this document? pl explain.

  59. chinnanne. shabana parveen June 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    i am chinnanne shabana parveen. iam medical laboratory technician.currently working in kingabdulaziz specialist hospital saudi arabia tiaf (KSA).i am interested to go to dubai. i like work in hospital as medical laboratory technician i have 14 years experience. my department is haematology. how can i apply for my job please give me s suggestion tx

  60. Shahzad Emmanuel June 18, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Thank;s a lot, it is very informative….

  61. Emmanuel Yakubu June 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

    This is very informative, thanks a million..

  62. faizur rahman June 18, 2013 at 8:55 am #

    these are good tips but i am applying online since last two years and didn’t get any reply. plz advice.

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