Do you want to work in the UAE? These are the ten various work permit options.


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Everything from part-time work to obtaining a visa while being sponsored by a family member is possible.

Dubai: Whether you moved to the UAE for a job offer or are a high school student looking for your first job, everyone working in the UAE must have a valid work visa granted by the appropriate official. If your company is located on the mainland (rather than a free zone) in the UAE, this body is the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).

MOHRE alerted users of the various sorts of work permits it issues in two social media posts on their official channels. These work licenses provide job seekers with a variety of work alternatives, including freelance and temporary jobs. Except for the freelance permit, which can be filed for by an individual, these work permits must be applied for by the establishment with which you are working.

First category

According to the Ministry’s posts, work permits are separated into two types. The first category of work permits consists of:

1-Work permit under a relative’s residence permit

This permission is for persons who have a family member sponsoring their residence visa. In this instance, the business will only need to apply for a work permit and will not be the visa sponsor for the employee.

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2-Work permission for minors

This permits a person between the ages of 15 and 18 to work in a licensed facility.

Teenagers who wish to work in the private sector must obtain formal permission from their parent or guardian. In addition, some other conditions must be completed in accordance with UAE Labor Law if a company chooses to apply for a juvenile work visa. This includes less working hours than an adult employee (a maximum of six hours per day) and the fact that minors are not permitted to work in hazardous or difficult conditions. To learn more about the new UAE Labour Law – Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 – and how it affects the employment of minors.

3. Student training and employment permit

A UAE resident must be 15 years old or older to work and train in a recognized establishment. This permit is specifically for students who want to enlist in the private sector for training purposes, according to the UAE’s official government web – – and it lasts for three months.

A parent or guardian’s written consent is also required for a juvenile’s work or training.

Second Category

The second category of work permits, according to the Ministry’s posts, includes the following:

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4-Work authorization (recruiting a worker from outside the State)

This work permit “…allows registered enterprises to hire a worker from outside the state,” according to MOHRE’s online posting.

If you plan to work in the UAE, the firm or organization that hires you will need to apply for this specific work permit.


It’s vital to remember that, under UAE labor law, the employer that hires you is responsible for completing all of your recruiting procedures. Within 60 days after your arrival, you must apply for a resident visa, undergo medical tests, acquire an Emirates ID Card, a Labour Card, and have the UAE Residency Visa stamped on your passport. The employer is responsible for all of these expenses.

A punishment of no less than Dh50,000 and no more than Dh200,000 will be imposed if a corporation fails to secure a work permit for an employee.

5- Work permits for transfers

This authorization enables expatriates to move from one company to the next. MOHRE must grant permission to the company.

6- Permit to work independently

If you intend to work independently, you can apply for this work visa as an individual. This permit is provided by MOHRE to persons who seek to participate in self-employment in the UAE without the sponsorship of a specific employer or a legal work contract.

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7- Work permit with a golden visa

If you hold a Golden Visa and work for a UAE-based company, you will still require a work permit. MOHRE announced the start of awarding specialized work permits for Golden Visa holders on July 1, 2021.

MOHRE emphasized that the permit is granted in three situations. Individuals who were not working at the time they applied for the Golden Visa and wish to work for a company fall into the first category. The second scenario arises when a present employer requests to extend the work permit and contract for Golden Visa holders after the work permit has expired. The third scenario involves a Golden Visa holder starting a new employment with a different company.

8- Work permit (temporary)

You can also work lawfully with a new employer by obtaining a temporary work permit. It is a service given by the Ministry of Human Resources and Employment (MOHRE) to recruit a national or expatriate worker resident in the UAE to do specific tasks for a term of up to six months.

9- Permission for only one mission

A one-mission work visa is “…given to a registered establishment desiring to recruit a worker from overseas to accomplish temporary work or a specific project for a certain time period,” according to the MOHRE.

10- Part-time work permit

An employee can work under a part-time labor contract in this situation. As of 2021, you can work for more than one employer without the permission of your first or any other, as long as the weekly working hours are at least 20.

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