A work visa by definition is where an individual acquires authorization for the right to engage in full time employment in a country where they would not normally be eligible to work in. The authorization must come from the relevant authority in the country he/she intends to work in. A typical work visa will be in the form of a standard document or a stamp in your passport. It must be noted that depending on the country you seek employment and residency in; some individuals are not required to obtain a work visa. Generally all jurisdictions with reciprocal treaty agreements do not stipulate that an individual must obtain a work visa for undertaking employment in those countries. Generally each jurisdiction will lay down conditions which need to be satisfied in order to be approved a work visa.
All applicants who are nationals of a Gulf Cooperation Country (GCC) such as Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman are not legally required to obtain a work visa to engage in full time Abu Dhabi employment. If you have GCC citizenship you have the right to reside in Abu Dhabi for an indefinite period of time. For all other applicants from countries out with the GCC status, you will require a work permit and residency visa in order to reside and seek employment in Abu Dhabi. It must be noted that if you have an Israeli stamp on your passport, regardless of your nationality, you will be denied entry to Abu Dhabi.
Relevant documents required to apply for an Abu Dhabi Visa:
An Abu Dhabi temporary work visa is required by all foreign nationals intending to either work or do business in the UAE. This Visa is the initial visa obtained by the applicant prior to obtaining the ‘work residence visa’ or ‘employment visa’. This initial work visa is only valid for a maximum period of 60 days; therefore the work residence visa must be applied for immediately after the applicant relocates to Abu Dhabi for his employment contract.
Types of Abu Dhabi Work Visas:
This visa is a legal requirement where the applicant wishes to reside in the UAE for employment purposes for a long period of time. The immigration department of the UAE has the responsibility of approving and issuing all employment visas. It is the responsibility of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in the UAE who issues the applicants work visa. The validity of this ‘long term’ visa is for a maximum period of 3 years.
It is prohibited for the holder of a work visa in Abu Dhabi to undertake work with any other employer other than his original sponsor company. There is a fine imposed on the applicant of Dhs 10,000 if he/she is found to be working for another company.