Applying For An Establishment Labour Card

Before you can apply for any employment visa for your employees, you need to apply for a establishment labour card. This card, issued by the Ministry of Labour, allows a company to hire staff, obtain work permits and apply for visas on behalf of its employees. The card verifies that the company is registered with the Ministry of Labour and has a registration number.


  • Company has a trade licence
  • Company has a PO Box address

What to bring

  • Trade licence with partners list for LLC company.
  • Copy of MOA for LLC company
  • Passport and Jinsiyya (family book) or Resident ID of local sponsor (if applicable).
  • Passport of local service agent or UAE national sponsor.
  • Passport of partners for LLC company (copies)
  • Location map in Arabic (from Municipality)
  • DEWA bill
  • Attested power of attorney declaration
  • Dhs.2,000 plus typing fees


  • Ministry of Labour Tas’heel Centre
  • Visit a Tas’heel typing centre with documents to complete relevant application form, then get it translated to Arabic. Add company seal and get signature of all partners (if any).
  • Application can also be submitted at Ministry of Labour in Qusais or Hyatt Regency Hotel, Deira, or at the Ministry of Labour office on Sheikh Zayed Rd, next to the Noor Islamic Bank Metro Station at Safa 2.
  • After receiving the card you can apply for a company E-signature card (Dhs.300).

NOTE: The application must be submitted by the owner, partner or PRO. An establishment labour card will be issued on the spot if approved; it is valid until cancellation of the trade licence.

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