The following conditions must be met in order to obtain an entry permit for further employment in the UAE:
- the potential employee must be at least 18 years old. A person aged 15 years or over can work in the UAE under certain conditions;
- the employing company has a valid business license;
- the company must not have any irregularities;
- the work to be performed by the person must be in line with the activities of the employing company.
Thus, any foreigner over the age of 18 can work in the UAE as long as they meet the standards set by the Ministry of Manpower and Emiratisation (MOHRE). However, it should be borne in mind that some professions in the UAE require additional licences from state authorities (e.g. doctors).
In order to obtain an entry permit, the employer submits the relevant application to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).
The entry permit process takes two to three weeks. The employee is then sent a scan of the document by email. On arrival in the UAE, the employee must stamp the entry permit at the airport.
The entry permit is valid for up to 60 days from the date of issue.