4. Visa Services

Visa Services

Besides the formation of your company in UAE, We ensure that all our clients will get visas for their workers and obtaining labor cards from the immigration department. We have strong experience to get all possible clearance in accordance with the passport,business clearnce, immigration, company license..etc.

Visas and Procedures:

Long term employee assignments in UAE require a work permit (also known as a Labor Card), and there are multiple detailed rules that have to be followed.  Some of these steps will take place prior to the employee entering the UAE, while others can be taken after arrival. Once finalized, a work permit is typically valid for two years.

1.Quota Approval

The first step towards getting the Entry Visa (and work permit) is to get visa quota approval from the Ministry of Labour (MOL), and the employer will apply for this on behalf of the employee. This typically takes three working days to get approval.

2.Job Offer Contract and Signature

The next step is sending the job offer contract for the employee’s signature, and having them return it to the employer. It must be in English and Arabic, as well as the employee’s native language (if that is different). This can be expedited electronically and completed in two working days.

3.Work Permit: Approval of Application

Before the Entry Visa is issued, the work permit application must be approved. During this approval process, the Ministry of Labour usually bases its decision on whether there are no unemployed UAE citizens who could perform the job, and that the sponsor is a registered UAE corporate entity. Otherwise, the approval should be granted. 3-5 days

4.Employment Entry Visa

Upon receipt of work permit approval, the Ministry issues an Employment Entry Visa also known as a pink visa) which allows applicants to legally enter the UAE. This permit is valid for 2 months from the date of issue and allows the holder to remain in the UAE for a period of 30 days. Time process 3 working days.

5.Entry to UAE with new Entry Permit / Visa Change of Status

There are two options to enter the country and begin the work permit process.  If the Entry Visa was ready prior to arrival, then the employee picks it up on arrival at the airport.  If the employee was already in the UAE on another type of visa, they will have to apply for a visa ‘change of status’ after the entry visa is issued (or they can leave and re-enter the country with the Entry Visa). Once the employee enters the country, they have sixty days in which to complete all the formalities required to get a work permit and residence visa.

6.Medical Screening

The UAE requires all foreigners to go through a medical screening before the work permit can be issued.

7.Emirates ID Application/Biometrics

The employee then needs to go to the Emirates id service center after getting the relevant form typed.

8.Labour Contract Signature

A signed labour contract must also be submitted as part of the work permit application

9.Medical Health Insurance Card Application

Because health insurance is now mandatory in UAE, all employers must provide coverage for expat workers (or they have to buy it on their own).  The work permit cannot be issued or renewed without a valid insurance card.

10.Residence Visa Stamping in Passport

All expat workers and their family members will need a residence visa to legally live in UAE. 

We Ignite representation of companies will assist you to get Family Visas,Visit visas, work permits, entry permits, residency visas and Emirates IDs.