Passport and visas
Before coming to the UAE, make sure that your passport is authentic and valid for at least six months.
Foreigners planning to work in the UAE must know that they cannot work on visit visas or tourist visas. They need legitimate work/residency visa/permit to be able to live and work legally in the UAE. The employer needs to procure the work and residency permits. Working without first obtaining the proper visa status is illegal and can lead to imprisonment, fines and/or deportation. The penalties apply to both: the employer and the employee.
Certificate of Good Conduct
In line with the Ministerial Resolution 8/1 of the year 2017, foreigners including domestic workers planning to work in the UAE were needed to present a ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ from their home countries, or the country of their residence for the past five years to prove that they do not have a criminal record. However, as of 1 April 2018, the certificate of good conduct is not needed until further notice.
Foreigners planning to work in the UAE will need to undergo medical tests at government approved health centres in the UAE. Candidates will be tested for communicable diseases/conditions such as those related to HIV and/or TB. Those found to be HIV positive or having tuberculosis will be deported immediately by the UAE authorities. Hence, if you suspect that you suffer from a communicable disease it is advisable to get tested in your home country first.
As per Cabinet Resolution passed in 2016, all resident expatriates while renewing their residence visas have to undergo TB screening. Those found with scars or active TB or found having drug-resistant TB will be issued a conditional fitness certificate and be issued residence visa for one year. They will then have to undergo treatment in the UAE.
If you hold a degree from outside the UAE, you must get it certified from the UAE Embassy or consulate in your country and also from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your home country. In addition, some jobs require the certificates to be equalised by the UAE's Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs.
Medical professionals such as physicians, lab technicians and others are required to take an exam from Ministry of Health and Prevention in order to practice the profession in the UAE.
Some professions, such as that of a lawyer licensed to appear before the judge and carry out the defence can be practised only by UAE nationals.
Your rights and duties
Read the UAE Labour Law and be aware of your rights and duties as an employee in the UAE. One of your important rights is entitlement to possession of your passport.
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Updated on 16 May 2019