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Dubai Visa, Residency and Sponsorship Questions and Answers
It is illegal to work on a visa other than a valid employment visa in Dubai. However, you may come on a visit or tourist visa and actively search for jobs in Dubai. Under recent legislation pertaining to employment visas, successful candidates who are hired by Dubai employers are required to exit the UAE pending release of their Employment Visas.
Clearly, any employer asking you to start work immediately or without a valid employment visa is not in compliance with legal requirements. If you choose to begin work without a valid employment visa, you:
- give up you chances of using the Labour Code or having the Labour Ministry to mediate your case in the event of a dispute with your employer;
- run the risk of being caught, fined and deported. You will also be blacklisted such that you may never return on an employment visa to the UAE. In many cases, illegal laborers spend jail time prior to deportation and their retina scans are kept active to effect the blacklisting.
Can I apply for an employment visa myself?
No, you can’t do that on your own. Employment and residency in Dubai work within a system of sponsorship. An employer is the appropriate party to apply for an employment and residency visa for employees. This means you have to have been hired prior to the application for your employment visa.
How does the UAE’s system of sponsorship work?
An employee’s designated sponsor for residency visa is their employer, whether the respective company is operating within or outside of Free Zones. Dubai or UAE residency is temporary and normally valid for three (3) years but may be renewed. The visa is stamped on the face of your passport.
UAE Laws require resident aliens (foreign nationals) to be primarily sponsored by a UAE national (citizen).UAE nationals may be direct private sponsors, as in the case of a UAE national hiring a domestic servant or, they may be indirect sponsors, as in the case of business employees.
Businesses are able to sponsor their employees mainly because a UAE national is a partner, owner or a majority shareholder of the business-sponsor.
Besides being sponsored by my employer, how else can I get a UAE residency visa?
You have three options:
- Set up and register your own company in Dubai. Your business can then be your sponsor. Note however that you’ll be required to have a local partner, i.e., a UAE citizen.
- Set up a consultancy off of a free zone to become eligible for both residency and work permits
- Buy a property so that the property developer becomes your sponsor for residency. Note however that this does not entitle you to work in the UAE.
Can someone who is not a UAE national sponsor a resident?
Yes. This is possible through secondary sponsorship. Secondary sponsors are sponsored residents, usually employed males who would to have their wife and children live with them in the UAE.
Can women be secondary sponsors as well?
Yes, women can sponsor their children if they’re divorced or widowed.
Can a married woman sponsor her husband and children?
Yes, she can, but only under certain circumstances and with prior approval by both the Depart of Labour and the Department of Immigration and Naturalisation. Wives sponsoring husbands are not customary. In most cases, approval is granted if the wife-sponsor has a profession of strategic and economic importance such as teachers or medical personnel.
What are the qualifying criteria for secondary sponsors?
Employed persons may sponsor only their immediate family, and must meet the minimum salary requirement for sponsorship. The consent and signature of the primary sponsor is required before an employee may sponsor their family.
Whose residency can I sponsor so that they can reside with me in the UAE?
- Your spouse. This means either your lawfully-wedded husband or wife. This does not include a same-sex partner, even if such person is a lawfully-wedded partner.
- Your children. These are male and female offspring under 21 years or unmarried daughters over 21 years.
What does being a secondary sponsor mean?
Secondary sponsors are responsible for their dependents whilst such dependents are residents of the UAE. This means you are responsible for their financial support, debts, if they incur any, and all aspects of life and living whilst they are under your sponsorship, including their conduct and behaviour.
Also, as their sponsor, you are responsible for the visa, processing fees and other related costs for obtaining the residency permit for your dependents.
This is not your employer’s responsibility and they may not be obliged to assist you beyond giving their consent to your sponsorship.
However, in some cases, employers may provide employees with visa-assistance benefits for employees to bring their families over.
Can I acquire permanent residency in the UAE?
No, you can’t. Residency in the UAE is only temporary. However, it is renewable.
Can I acquire UAE citizenship?
No, you can’t. An expatriate is not eligible for UAE citizenship. UAE citizens are defined by law to be only those persons born of parents who are both UAE citizens or born to a father who is a UAE citizen.
What happens to an expat’s child born in the UAE?
The child takes on the citizenship of the parents who must then apply for temporary residency status for their child under the secondary sponsorship system within three months of birth.
What right does temporary residency NOT include?
Temporary residency status is not concurrent with the right to work or seek employment in the UAE, nor does it guarantee employment.
Sponsored children under 18 and freehold property owners over 60, whose residency is sponsored by the respective property development company, are not eligible for employment in the UAE.
All other residents may go through the usual application process to be legally employed. Legal employment in the UAE is evidenced by the Labour Card.
I have a valid UAE residency visa. I’d to spend some time in my home country. Will my visa still be valid when I return?
Assuming your UAE residency visa is not expiring within the next six (6) months, you can stay outside of the UAE for at most six months and return on the same visa. Staying outside of the UAE for more than six months at a time automatically invalidates your UAE residency.
What is a “ban”? How do I get banned?
A ban is a legal mechanism that prevents a resident or an employee from re-entering the country or from accepting a position with a new employer for a fixed period of time, usually for six (6) months.
A permanent residency ban may be imposed on serious labour offenders, such as illegal or absconded workers, illegal aliens or convicted felons.
Fingerprint samples and retina scans of banned individuals are kept on file by the Federal Department of Immigration.
A labour ban is mandatory. You get banned when:
- Your contract expires and no action pertaining to your employment has been taken by your current employer, or no new application by a different employer is filed for you.
- You terminate an unlimited labour contract before completing one year of service.
- You terminate a limited labour contract before its expiration.
How do I NOT get banned?
- Your current employer must have taken appropriate action with the Department of Labour to extend your employment with them prior to the expiration of your labour contract;
- Your sponsorship must have been transferred with a different employer. To effect this, certain conditions must be met, otherwise, your Labour Card will be cancelled and you will be banned.
How do I have my sponsorship transferred from one employer to the next?
Your limited labour contract must have already expired or you must have performed at least one year of service under an unlimited labour contract. As your current sponsor is required to issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC), they must have no objections to the transfer or their conditions must have been met prior to the issuance of such certificate.
In any case, this is usually discussed by your current and prospective employers. The NOC is required for the transfer of your Labour Card and both must be filed with the Department of Labour. In addition, you can only transfer sponsorships under the same labour category. This simply means your new employment must be for the same position, e.g.
Accountant to Accountant, Manager to Manager.
What is the NOC? Can my current employer be legally ordered to provide this document?
A No Objection Certificate (NOC) is a formal letter by your current sponsor addressed to the Department of Labour and the Department of Naturalisation and Immigration to prevent you, the employee, from being banned after completion of your labour contract or in the process of transferring your sponsorship to a new employer. This is entirely discretionary and must be freely given by an employer. No employer may be forced to provide an employee with a NOC, under any circumstance, even after successful completion of a labour contract.
Working in Europe – How to get an EU Visa / Work Permit
Anyone who meets the criteria and requirements set by the European countries can work in Europe. Most European states have their programs, through which they tend to lure foreign professionals and fill job shortages in different fields in the country.
The Schengen work visa does not exist. You can get a Schengen visa for other purposes, as tourism, visiting family and friends, business, medical purposes etc. However, you cannot get a Schengen visa to work in Europe. You are not permitted to work while holding a Schengen visa for other purposes, as well.
Still, you can work in the Schengen Area if you hold a National (D) Visa for employment purposes issued by one of the 26 European countries part of the Schengen Zone.
Each of the Schengen member countries has its own visa policies, which policies differ from one country to the other. The employment visa programs in the European countries have been established to cover the labor needs of the respective countries and fill job shortages.
Therefore, employment visa criteria and requirements, as well as the application process, depend a lot on the labor needs of each country.
Who needs a visa to work in Europe?
Citizens of the USA, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, as well as EU citizens do not need to apply for a work visa to Europe. However, upon arriving at the country where they will be working, they have to apply for their residence and work permit.
Citizens of other countries must apply and get an employment visa before entering the Schengen territories for work purposes.
What are the requirements for a European Work Visa?
The standard requirements for a European employment visa are as following:
- Application Form. Fully completed and printed twice. Do not forget to sign both copies at the end!
- Two identical photos. These photos should be taken within the last three months, according to the common Schengen visa photography criteria.
- Valid passport. Your passport should be no older than ten years and valid for at least three more months, on the date you plan to exit the Schengen territory. Make sure it has at least two blank pages for the visa sticker.
- Roundtrip flight reservation. This should indicate the dates and flight numbers of entry and exit from the Schengen area. Here you can learn more about how to book a flight reservation for EU visa application!
- Travel medical insurance. Covering any medical emergency with hospital care and travel back to one’s native country due to medical emergencies, up to 30,000 euros. Insurance must be valid in all Schengen countries and purchased before picking up the visa.
- Proof of Accommodation. A document that shows where you will be residing in the Schengen Area, i.e. rent agreement.
- Employment contract. An employment contract signed between you and your future employer, residing in the Schengen territory.
- Proof of Academic Qualifications. As diplomas, certificates, grades’ transcript etc.
- Proof of language knowledge. Most countries want you to fit in even if you are planning to work there only per one year. That is why many of them will ask you to meet a specific level of knowledge of their official language.
Please note that these are only the basic requirements that you will have to provide in order to get a work visa to Europe. Each of the Schengen member countries, as well as other European states outside of this zone, have their additional requirements.
To get a European work visa, follow the steps listed below:
- Check what Employment Visas the country where you wish to work offers.
- Figure out if you qualify for a work visa to EU.
- Meet the criteria for an EU work visa. Some of the countries will require from you to get a job prior to applying for a visa. Make sure you fulfill these kinds of requirements before applying to get the visa.
- Collect the required documents for an employment visa.
- Schedule a visa interview.
- Attend the interview with all the required documents with you.
- Wait for you visa to be processed!
Keep in mind that this is only the standard procedure to apply for an employment visa in Europe. The exact process may differ from one country to the other.
Where to apply for a European Working Visa
Submit your visa application at the body that represents the country where you will be working, in your country of residence. This body could be one of the following:
- Their embassy
- Their consulate
- A visa application center
In case you need to enter the Schengen Area for a short stay, and you do not know where to apply check the rules on Where to apply for a Schengen Visa and How to Choose the Right Embassy/Consulate/VAC to Submit the Visa Application.
When to Apply for a Visa to Work in Europe
You are highly advised to apply for a work visa to Europe at least two months prior to your trip to the Schengen country where you plan to work in. The reason for that, is because the European embassies make take six weeks to process an employment visa application. In extraordinary cases, the processing time may be extended up to 12 weeks.
How long is a work visa valid
Most European Work Visas are valid for one year. Still, in most countries, the visa holders have the chance to apply for a visa extension, upon the expiration of their visa.
The validity of your visa, as well as a few other details will be written in the visa sticker affixed in your passport. Read the visa sticker in your passport carefully for more information.
Can I extend an EU work permit?
You will be able to extend an EU work permit in most countries. There is an application process and some required documents, which you will have to collect and submit at the competent authorities in your European country of residence, prior to your visa / residence permit expiration.
Last Updated on October 26th, 2018
UAE Employment Visa Process (step by step guide)
We are covering step by step guide about UAE Visa Process for employment purpose,read our full guide about theemployment process from receiving a job offer tillreceiving of a work permit and visa stamping on passport in the UAE.
Receiving a job offer(offer Letter):
The employment processin the private sector involves receiving a formal job offer, it also known asJob offer Letter, signing the employment contract, receiving a work permit anda work visa.
What is Job OfferLetter:
An offer Letter or Joboffer Letter is a formal offer of employment from a company (sponsor). When acompany (sponsor) makes a verbal job offer, the hiring manager or HR departmentof the company will typically call the selected applicant to let them know thatthey are being offered the job.
What Details need tobe written in Job Offer Letter:
The offer letter containsall important details of the job and an annex that summarizes the mostimportant aspects of the UAE Labour Law.
The most common andimportant details to be included are:
1: Job Description
2: Basic Salary
3: Total Salary
5: Date of Employmentbegins etc
Please note that bothparties must sign the Job offer letter, it will only become valid once itsigned by both parties.
UAE LABOUR LAW aboutJob Offer Letter:
As per UAE LABOUR LAW,an offer letter made to a foreign (expatriate) worker becomes legally bindingafter it is signed by both parties. An offer letter to a foreign worker signedby both parties becomes a legal contract.
Can Company change, orEdit Job details after worker sign:
Hence, after signing,the employer (company) is not allowed to alter or replace any provisions of theoffer letter unless such changes have the consent of both the employer (company)and the employee (worker), are within the scope of law and do not compromisethe rights of the employee (worker).
Do not sign until youunderstood what is written:
This is company (employer)responsibility to ensure that the employee (worker) has read the offer letterand understood it.
If it is proved incourt that a worker (employee) did not go through the details of offer letterbefore signing the ministry of labour contract, the employer (company) will befined 20,000 AED for submitting incorrect data to Ministry of Human Resourcesand Emiratisation.
What you have signed inoffer letter will print on Ministry Contract:
If the employee(worker) is in the UAE, he must sign the offer letter before the employer canseek MOHRE preliminary approval for his employment process.
Employers mustdisclose the terms of the offer letter to MOHRE. A copy of the offer letter is storedin the MOHRE database. Employees (workers) are issued work permits or visas signed offer letters by candidates or selected applicants.
Signing the Ministry Contract:The employment contractalso known as Ministry of Labour Contract is a document that need to be signed byboth the employer (company) and the employee (worker) in which the latterundertakes to serve the company and works under company’s management against anagreed fee paid by the employer (company).
As we have discussedabove that the employment contract should be the offer letter signedby both parties (company and worker) and must be submitted to MOHRE within 14days of the employee's (workers) arrival in the UAE the employmententry permit or from the date of status change (if you are in a status whichallows you to transfer your visa; i.e. not having violated any law).
Available Languages in employmentcontract:
In January 2016,Ministry approved and added more languages on the job offer and Labour contract.
In addition to Arabicand English, employees (workers) can choose from the following 9 languages:
This applies to workerscoming from outside or workers those residing in the UAE that are seeking a newjob, changing sponsor or moving from one company to another.
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Singapore Employment Pass Scheme
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If you have been deployed by your company to Singapore for work, there are be a number of work passes that you may qualify for, among which, is the Singapore Employment Pass (EP). Here’s all you need to know about qualifying and applying for the EP.
An Employment Pass or EP is a Singapore work visa issued by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower to foreign professional employees, managers, and owners or directors of Singaporean companies. This work visa allows you to live and work in Singapore, as well as travel in and the country without having to apply for entry visas.
An Employment Pass is usually valid for 1-2 years and can be renewed after. Possessing an EP also makes it easier for you to apply for permanent residence (PR) in Singapore.
How do I qualify for an Employment Pass?
To qualify for a Singaporean Employment Pass, you need to:
- Draw a minimum fixed salary of S$3,600 per month. This usually applies to young graduates. More experienced candidates may need higher salaries to qualify.
- Works in a managerial, executive or specialised job.
- Possess a tertiary degree from a reputable university. A strong professional employment history and high salary may compensate for lack of education.
Do note that these are general guidelines – the authorities review all Employment Pass applications before approval is granted.
There is no limit to the number of EPs that can be granted to an employing Singapore company.
What documents do I need to apply for an Employment Pass?
- An EP Application Form 8, duly endorsed by the employing Singapore company
- A copy of your latest resume and relevant educational certificates
- References/testimonials from previous employers
- A passport-size photograph of yourself, taken within the past three months
- A copy of the personal particulars page of your passport
- A copy of the business profile of the employing Singapore company
- A detailed description of your job duties
- A detailed description of the activities and/or products of the employing Singapore company
Beside the eight documents described above, you may have to supply additional supporting documents as needed. You will also need to have any non-English documents officially translated into English.
How do I file my Employment Pass application, and how long will it take to process it?
There are two ways to file your Employment Pass application:
- You may register online if the employing Singapore company has registered for an EP online account. Online applications are usually processed within 3 weeks from the date of submission.
- You may also submit a manual application, which allows for the attachment of all supporting documents (which cannot be done online). Manual applications are usually processed within 8 weeks from the date of submission.
The overall processing time of your application may vary by several days or weeks.
This is due to several factors, such as the credentials of the employing Singapore company, the qualifications of the applicant, and the availability of supporting documents.
How do I know if my Employment Pass has been approved, and how do I collect it?
When your Employment Pass application is approved, MOM will send an In-Principle-Approval (IPA) letter to the employing Singapore company’s address. The IPA letter is valid for 6 months from the date it is issued.
To collect your pass, you will need to come to Singapore and present a copy of the IPA letter, your passport, and any other documents that may be requested in the IPA letter. A one-time entry visa will be issued to you to enter Singapore and collect your Employment Pass.
Your IPA letter may require you to go through a medical test and produce the report when you collect visa. You may opt to do the medical test in an established clinic or hospital in your home country, or when you arrive in Singapore.
If you applied for Dependent’s Passes and/or Long-Term Visit Passes for your family, you can collect these at the same time.
Do note that all EP applications are not considered final until you have received an In-Principle-Approval of your application. Please do not make any prior relocation plans.
I have successfully obtained an Employment Pass. Can I bring my family to live with me in Singapore?
You can, if you draw a minimum fixed monthly salary of S$6000. Spouses and children of successful Employment Pass holders can apply for a family visa known as a Dependent’s Pass (DP) during or after the approval of the EP.
DPs are approved automatically once the EP application is approved and expire at the same time as the EP.
Common-law spouses, unmarried handicapped children (above 21 years old), and unmarried step-children (under 21 years old) of successful EP holders can apply for a long-stay visitor visa known as a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP).
Similar to the DP, LTVPs are approved automatically once the EP application is approved and expire at the same time as the EP. Parents of successful EP holders can also apply for the LTVP, but the successful EP holder needs to draw a minimum salary of S$12,000 (from 1 January 2018 onwards) in order for them to qualify.
I was rejected for an Employment Pass. What should I do?
If your initial Employment Pass application is rejected, do contact us.
We will work closely with MOM to explore the possible reasons for the rejection – and when appropriate, we can help you to submit an appeal that directly addresses these reasons.
Appeals are usually processed within 4-6 weeks, and will ly be approved once the additional details submitted are deemed satisfactory by MOM.
How do I renew my Employment Pass?
An Employment Pass renewal form will be sent to your employer’s registered address three (3) months before your EP expires.
The renewal application should be completed and submitted to MOM at least four weeks before your EP expires. If your renewal application is approved, your employer will receive an approval letter.
You will need to visit the MOM office to collect your new EP.
For more information about Employment Passes, see Employment Pass FAQs.
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Work visa KITAS | Index 312 for a foreigner is issued to the employing company for an employee to work in the specific position.
It is impossible to get a work visa first and look for employment afterwards. First, one has to find an employer or start their own company, and only after that to obtain their work KITAS
The government of Indonesia has a policy of prioritizing native applicants, therefore, applying for work visa, companies must justify the necessity of employing a foreigner to a specific position.
Some positions are totally unavailable for foreigners, and it is impossible to obtain a work visa for employment in those positions.
Work permit validity term depends on a number of factors.If you are a foreign professional in commerce of consulting, or service sector, you can obtain a non-extendable work permit valid for 6 months. A new permit will have to be obtained afterwards.
The same applies to foreign professionals in industries related to machinery installation and maintenance, and to secondary school teachers.
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Employees in managerial positions in a PMA company have the right to be granted a 1-year work permit with an option to extend for up to 5 years.
1-year valid KITAS holders have the privilege of one-off duty-free import of personal belongings provided that customs formalities are cleared within three months following entry to Indonesia.
One sea freight and one air freight per family are allowed.
Our company handles work visa paperwork and is ready to take over all arrangements to prepare required documents upon your arrival to Bali.
On average, work visa issuance procedure takes 1.5-2 months and consists of several stages.
First stage | TELEX
First, RPTKA expatriate manpower employment plan and its term of validity are established in Jakarta.
After that, applicants have to pay the tax 100 USD per month and apply for work permit | IMTA and a special document | TELEX to obtain work visa.
TELEX has to be requested in advance for a specific Consulate or Embassy of Indonesia and must be approved by the Head Office of Immigration Service of Indonesia in Jakarta.
The procedure of issuance and approval of TELEX takes 10 labor days.
From company employer
Copy of SIUP
Copy of NPWP
Copy of SKTU
Copy of TDP
Copy of ACT NOTARY
A copy of the employment contract with the applicant
Copy of ID | KTP direktor
10 company’s letterhead with the seal
from the applicant
Color scan copies of all pages of the passport valid for at least 18 months.
CV in English
If some of the listed documents are not available, we can help you solve this problem. For details, please contact our specialists.
Upon confirmation of TELEX, we will send the document and a supporting letter to your e-mail.
Second stage | Visa procedure
To obtain Work visa, Indonesian Embassy will require:
Passport valid for at least 18 months following the date of entry to Indonesia
A copy of the main page of passport
A copy of passport page bearing a stamp of entry to the country where you apply for visa
Filled out questionnaire
2 light background color photos
Ticket to Indonesia
Visa fee of 105 USD is paid in the currency of the country where the Consulate or Embassy is located.Visa cost and application procedure can vary depend of Embassy of Indonesia. For details, please contact our managers.
Visa issued basing on the above mentioned documents is called VITAS. Upon applicant’s entry to Indonesia, they have to convert VITAS into ITAS | Izin Tinggal Terbatas (a temporary stay permit) in the local Immigration Office, obtain a MERP (multiple re-entry permit) and a KITAS card | Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas.
Third stage | Visa registration
To get a permit to stay and a permit for multiple re-entry, you have to submit your passport within 7 days upon arrival to Indonesia
We handle paperwork related to issuance and extension of all types of Indonesian visas on Bali. For details, please contact us.
Cost of TELEX – 5 500 000 IDR | ~415 USD
Cost of Re-entry permit | 6 month – 1 500 000 IDR | ~120 USD
Cost of Re-entry permit | 12 month – 2 000 000 IDR | ~155 USD
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Permit to stay and permit for multiple re-entry are mandatory.
Procedure of extension of work visa should start not later than two month before its expiry.
List of documents required for extension is the same as that for initial issuance.
At the end of the validity period have to close KITAS.
Cost of Work KITAS extension – 5 500 000 IDR | ~415 USD
Closure of 6 month KITAS (EPO) – 500 000 IDR | ~38 USD
Closure of 12 month KITAS (EPO) – 800 000 IDR | ~60 USD
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