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Visitors arriving in Dubai on business require a visa for their stay. The type of visa applied for will depend on a number of factors, including the specific reason for their stay, what they will be doing in Dubai, and how long they will be staying here.
Certain nationalities are eligible for a visit visa on arrival in Dubai. These include the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia – alongside a host of other nationalities.
The length of time a visit visa is valid for will depend on the visitor’s nationality. For example, UK and US visitors are eligible for a 30 day visit visa on arrival, while many EU member countries are eligible for a multiple-entry 90-day visit visa that’s valid for six months from the date of issue.
Short-term visas can also be issued for specific purposes. Visitors can travel to Dubai as a tourist or to visit family, or alternatively, for business visits, undertaking activities which may include attending seminars, exhibitions and conferences.
Expats who are non-GCC nationals above 18 years of age can now enter the UAE on a short-term work permit, which has a validity of 60 days. These permits can be extended up to six times after providing a fee and bank guarantee.
It’s worth bearing in mind that if the extension is not processed on time, a penalty fee will be applied for every ten days after the expiry date. This must be paid by the applicant’s sponsoring company.
Recent changes to regulations now allow expats previously employed in the UAE to apply for a new job here without being subject to a six-month work permit ban.
Where previously, expats would have to obtain an NOC and consent letter from their previous employer to avoid this ban, the amended law allows them to obtain approval from the Ministry of Labour instead, without consent from their former employer.
The Ministry of Labour and the Immigration Department also introduced a range of new work permits to provide a wider range of options for potential employers. These include:
A multiple-entry visa is available to business visitors who have a relationship with a multinational or a reputable local establishment, and who are frequent visitors to the UAE. This type of visa is valid for six months from the date of issue, with the duration of each stay limited to 30 days.
The mission visa is a short-term work permit, valid for a period of 90 days, extendable for another 90 days. If required, the mission visa can be converted to a residence visa for longer term employment opportunities.
The mission visa is designed to facilitate short-term contractual obligations in relation to a project, or can provide the opportunity for expats to try a job on for size during a probation period.
A temporary work permit allows expats to work on projects or assignments in Dubai for up to six months.
The part-time work permit allows expats to work in Dubai on a part-time basis.
These permits are designed to allow expats aged between 15 and 18 years of age to work in Dubai. They are granted upon provision of custodian approval of the applicant’s employment, as long as HSE restrictions are imposed (including the type of work that can be performed, the time of work, and the number of hours that can be worked).
Business visitors looking to settle and work in Dubai require a longer term visa solution. Whether it’s a foreign investor looking to start a business in Dubai, or an international looking to stay and get a job here, a residence visa and work permit is required.
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Unsure about which business visa is right for you or your employees? Perhaps you want to know more about how to apply for a business visa, and what documentation is needed?
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