United Arab Emirates Immigration Services

Newland Chase offers full support with all aspects of corporate immigration to United Arab Emirates. Please find an overview of the typical corporate immigration processes below. Every situation is unique, so please do get in touch, either through your usual Newland Chase contact or using the details on the right hand side of the page. Our immigration experts will be glad to discuss your needs in greater detail.

Immigration Summary

Foreign nationals wishing to work in United Arab Emirates must apply for a work permit, an employment entry permit / e-visa and a labour card in order to obtain a residence visa and an Emirates ID Card. The applicant must have an employment contract directly with the Emirian entity. The process and requirements differ depending on the Emirate where the applicant will work.

The immigration process is simpler and quicker if the UAE entity is located in one of the many Free Zones, with no Ministry of Labour approval required.

Nationals from Algeria, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Somalia, South Africa, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen will undergo extensive internal security checks and applications are often rejected. Nationalities requiring internal clearance can change at short notice.

Foreign nationals wishing to work for a period of less than 90 days in the Mainland (non Free Zone) may follow a shorter process to obtain a Mission Visa.

Nationals of fellow members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) wishing to work in the UAE will not need to apply for an employment entry permit in the UAE. They will just need to apply for a labour or employment card and an Emirates ID card.