The validity of the visa is two years, or three years if you work in some free zones or government jobs, and it is valid in line with your labour card or free zone ID – essentially, your permit to work. If you leave the UAE for a period of more than six months at any one time, your residence visa will lapse. To renew it you will need to complete another medical and re-apply for both the visa and your Resident ID; once again your PRO will help with this.
The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – previously called the Department of Naturalization and Residency (DNRD) – takes care of immigration and visa issues.The HQ is located in Bur Dubai, but there are also branches in Umm Suqeim, Deira, Karama, and Dubai International Airport (T3).
Anyone with a residence visa (employment) and with a minimum monthly salary of Dhs.4,000, or Dhs.3,000 with accommodation allowance, can sponsor family members (wife, husband, children) allowing them to stay in the country as long as you are here. The application process for a family residence visa is generally the same as for an employment visa, (and they will also need to apply for a Resident ID card), although you may find you have to do all the legwork and pay the application fees - unless you have a very understanding boss.
If you are sponsored by your husband or wife on a family residence visa, you can still legally work. Your employer will simply need to apply for your labour card; you will need an NOC from your sponsor as well as your passport with residence visa, your sponsor’s passport and your attested education certificates.
Temporary Work Permits
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