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. Also, the documents you will later have will be used for providing essential health benefits to employees like Visa page copy and passport Visa page of sponsor.
– 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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63 Responses to How to get Dubai Work Visa?

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

    THESE IS A GOOD ONE, I HAVE BEE APPLY ONLINE BUT NO REPLY, SO WHAT CAN I DO TO GET A DRIVING JOB IN DUBAI. THANK YOU.

  2. 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?

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

    THANK YOU BEST WISHES, ALMAAYTEH

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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..

  8. 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

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

    Thank u so much to very vailue able information

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

    Thank you for the different informations 🙂 🙂

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

    Thank you so much for information

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

    Thanks so much for the Education.

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

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

  14. 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 engineer.my working experience is CNG Compressor trouble shooting, maintenance and service.

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

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

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