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UAE Golden Residency Visa Holders are Authorised to Take Up Employment Activities

Transitioning to a golden visa in Dubai enables individuals to engage in employment activities, supported by UAE regulations

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Pavitra Shetty

Published on May 13, 2024, 17:37:38


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In the UAE, individuals holding a golden residency visa are authorised to participate in employment activities, as per Article 7 of the Employment Law and Article 6(1)(j) of Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022.

The resolution specifies that the work permit issued to golden visa holders is exclusively for individuals employed by establishments registered with the ministry seeking to hire employees with golden residency visas.

Prior to obtaining a golden residency visa, employees are required to inform their employer of the change in their UAE residency status. Subsequently, the employer must proceed to cancel the existing work permit and UAE residency visa of the employee.

Article 7(3) of Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022 outlines the procedures for canceling work permits, including:

*Submission of an application for cancelling the work permit through the specified channels by the Ministry.
*Completion of the required data and attachment of documents.
*Settlement of any fines for delays in issuing the work permit or for failure to renew it, if applicable.
*Confirmation by the establishment that the worker has received all entitled benefits.
*Adherence to any additional conditions determined by resolution of the Minister or their delegate.

Once the work permit of a prospective UAE golden residency visa holder employee is cancelled, they are eligible to sign a new employment contract with either their existing employer or a prospective one, under Administrative Resolution No. 38 of 2022.

The requirements for obtaining a work permit through the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation

(MoHRE) for a UAE golden residency visa holder, as per Administrative Resolution No. 38 of 2022, include:
*Clear-coloured photo with a white background.
*Copy of a valid passport, with a minimum validity of six months, along with a copy of a valid residency (golden) visa.
*Approved employment contract issued by the ministry, signed by both the employer and the employee.

Academic Certificates
*For Skill levels (1 & 2): Bachelor's Degree or higher, attested by competent authorities.
*For Skill levels (3 & 4): Diploma graduate or higher, attested by competent authorities.
*For Skill level (5): High school certificate, attested by competent authorities. State-issued certificates are excluded.
*A professional license issued by the competent authority, for example, doctor, nurse, etc.
Upon acquiring a golden visa residency, individuals have the option to request their employer to initiate the process for a new work permit.

Transitioning to a golden visa in Dubai enables individuals to engage in employment activities, supported by UAE regulations. For additional assistance, you can contact the MoHRE. 

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