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Work Permits Available under the New Labour Law in UAE

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


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The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE), announced to issue 12 work permits for both national and international residents. MoHRE announced that the work permits will be introduced under the new Labour law- Federal Decree-Law No.33 of 2021.

MoHRE released the guidelines mentioned in the new labour law in November 2021. However, the law came into force on 2 February 2022. Now, Employers are free to hire labour if they are well versed with the rules and regulations of UAE and fulfil the criteria to get a work permit.

The new regulations will assist in implementing the ground-breaking reforms made in the new labour legislation, which aims to protect employee rights through increased leave, anti-discrimination measures, a minimum salary, and supportive clauses on women empowerment.
Apart from the traditional full-time arrangement, employees in the UAE can apply for remote work, shared jobs, part-time, temporary, and flexible job contracts. Private businesses and enterprises can now engage and train juveniles aged 15 to 18, as well as UAE and GCC nationals, as well as recruit temporary staff from outside the Emirates.

Work permits will also be provided to Golden Visa holders, freelancers, temporary and part-time employees to guarantee a controlled employment procedure in the private sector. Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Manan Al Awar, the current minister of MoHRE, clarified this crucial step of the government and told that this law was brought to improve the efficiency of work done, flexibility in taking steps to improve and ease the work, which will eventually lead to an upgrade of UAE’s position in the global labour market.

Work Permits Under the New Labour Law

The new labour law- Federal Decree-Law No.33 of 2021 presents 12 types of work permits, under which an employer can get into a contract with the employee. The 12 types of work permits as mentioned in the law itself are as follows-

Temporary Work Permit- Employers may hire on a project-by-project basis or for work that will endure for a certain amount of time with a temporary work permit.

One-mission Permit- A one-mission permit allows businesses and enterprises to hire an employee from another country for temporary labour or a specific project that must be finished within a certain time frame.

Part-time Work Permit- The part-time work permit allows individuals to work for several employers for a specified number of hours or days.

Juvenile Permit- Employers with a juvenile permit allows to engage juveniles aged 15 to 18 under certain criteria specified by law.

Student Training Permit- Permit for student training allows businesses and organisations to train and hire minors aged 15 in accordance with certain standards, ensuring a safe work environment.

UAE/GCC National Permit- When GCC/UAE citizens are hired; this national permit is given.
Golden Visa Holders Permit- Given when employing a Golden Visa holder within the UAE.

National Trainee Permit- Allows businesses and organisations to train UAE nationals depending on their qualifications or fields of expertise.

Freelancer Permit- Without sponsorship or previous contracts, a freelancer permit is provided to self-sponsored expats who desire to perform a specific service, accomplish a job, or work for a specified length of time for an individual or a firm.

Permit to hire an employee from another nation.

Permit to transfer the employment of an expatriate worker from one ministry-registered establishment to another.

Permission granted to expats who are sponsored by relatives.

Work permit for private teachers


The work permits are of various types to support expats in getting a job in the UAE. More opportunities arise over the course of time that will help develop the work culture, induce quality human resources and establish several brands in the UAE. 



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