The UAE has emerged as one of the top destinations to work in the past couple of decades. With more than 140 nationalities working in UAE, it has been a great challenge for this nation to make a comprehensive policy for Visa requirements of all the expats.
Since UAE economy is developing at a rapid pace, there has been an influx of a huge proportion of semi-skilled and unskilled labour as well. Thus, need for simplification of Visa process has always been felt.
The minimum salary /monthly income required to have a work permit in UAE has been reduced to paltry 4000 AED or 3000 AED with accommodation.
In order to get a work permit in UAE, an expat needs to have a resident Visa which is typically valid for a period of three years.
The documents needed are :
A completely filled out application form, Passport size photograph of 2 by 2 inches, original passport and a copy, valid company card, valid commercial license of the company, a valid health certificate, an NOC by ministry of labor.
In fact, approval from the ministry of labour is the first step.
After the resident visa is received, there comes the role of Department of Naturalization and Residency Dubai (DNRD) and General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA).
The process, however, got improved in 2016 with the unveiling of the UAE Vision system.
Residents are no longer required to visit the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs headquarters or any of its external branches in order to renew or apply for visas since then. The work shall be carried out by Approved Typing Centers.
These typing centres, 600 in total across the city shall conduct all the services including issuance, renewing and cancellation.
The residents just need to look for Amer logo at these centres to validate the authenticity before proceeding with the visa process.
However, there have been no changes in fee for visa application. It remains the same with Dh400, along with a Dh1,000 deposit by the sponsor, and Dh220 as file opening charge.
In the year 2017, inline of improving facilities for EXPO 2020, there could be further major announcements by UAE Government in this regard.
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