Work Permit Requirements
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) in the UAE recently detailed seven essential requirements that companies must adhere to when applying for a work permit. This is particularly crucial for businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to hire employees currently residing outside the UAE.
Understanding the Rules
Here is a breakdown of the rules:
- Companies must possess electronic permits issued by the MOHRE, also known as establishment cards.
- The minimum age requirement for applicants is 18 years old.
- The application must meet requirements for specialised professions, meaning for skilled roles, employers must provide the relevant education certificates.
- The applicant’s profession should align with the company’s activities.
- The company must have a valid licence.
- The application must be submitted by an authorized representative of the company.
- The recruited worker should not already possess an active work permit.
Compliance and Consequences
MOHRE might withhold or cancel work permits if companies provide incorrect documentation, are not operational or fail to comply with regulations such as the ‘Wages Protection System’.
Costs and Company Classifications
Work permit costs vary from Dh250 to Dh3,450 based on the company’s classification – A, B, or C. These classifications reflect the company’s compliance with UAE’s labour laws and workers’ rights.
Working in the UAE without a valid work permit is illegal according to Article 6 of the UAE’s Labour Law. Employers found guilty of hiring workers without the required work permit could face hefty fines, reaching up to Dh200,000.
- MOHRE has stipulated seven rules for obtaining a work permit in the UAE.
- Companies must have an electronic permit, hire employees above 18, and ensure that the workers’ professions match the company’s activities.
- Providing incorrect documentation or failing to comply with regulations can result in work permit cancellation.
- Work permit costs depend on the company’s compliance with UAE labour laws.
- It is illegal to work in the UAE without a valid work permit; non-compliant employers can face significant fines.