New Change in the immigration and employment structure in the UAE

New Change in the immigration and employment structure in the UAE

In a move that has the expat community buzzing, the UAE Cabinet chaired by his Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has adopted sweeping changes in the immigration and employment structure in the UAE.

The Cabinet has decided to do away with the compulsory provision of a bank guarantee for all employees in the UAE; this guarantee will now be replaced with a standard insurance system with coverage up to AED 200,000. This insurance will cover work injuries, remuneration for overtime, air ticket, vacation allowance and end of service benefits.

A new six-month visa has also been introduced to allow prospective job-seekers to stay in the country for a long period of time. Considerations were also made for those who overstayed their visa, allowing them to leave the country voluntarily without a “no entry” stamp on their passport.

For people transiting through the UAE, a 48-hour transit visa will be issued for free, which can be extended up to 96-hours for AED 50.

The Cabinet also adopted a resolution to empower People of Determination, giving them equal access to the job market.

This move has been greatly welcomed by the expat community in the UAE. These decisions further show the UAE’s commitment to be a global player in providing a competitive labor market for people all over the world and protecting the rights of employees throughout.


Sunil Ambalavelil | Legal Consultant | Lead Partner

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