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on 19 Oct 2020

I have been offered a new job in Abu Dhabi (no interview) but have also been asked to pay for UAE Visa; work permit and UAE Engineer Registry Fee.

Does anyone know if this is normal for UAE processes as I feel this sounds strange? Is it normal to pay for work permits etc. when working in Abu Dhabi?

Company: Western Tanks and Pipe Industry?

Anonymous (not verified) on 20 Oct 2020 - 07:30

Hi @Tabaloa,

You are right to question this job offer. If you read Visas for Abu Dhabi, you will see that employers are responsible for all costs getting work permits for their prospective employees. They are, after all, known as your 'sponsor'. For more info, you can visit the official portal of the UAE government ( While the company you mention seems legitimate, the job offer is suspicious. Have you tried contacting the company directly from contact details on the website itself?

If you are still interested in working in Abu Dhabi, you are bound to encounter an employment opportunity that meets your skills and career.

I hope this helps.

Anonymous (not verified) on 20 Oct 2020 - 08:44

Thanks for prompt response. Not rushing into anything now.

Anonymous (not verified) on 22 Oct 2020 - 13:05

Yes, I agree with Claire. This is highly likely to be a scam. 

Anonymous (not verified) on 23 Nov 2020 - 17:00

I too have been offered a job in Abu Dhabi, without an interview.  The company is PETCO Oil Gas.  The travel agency, Century Travel is requesting upfront payment for visas, which doesn’t seem right.  I believe this is a scam also.


Pauline Ciel on 9 Mar 2021 - 01:25

I recently have a job offer in Abu Dhabi with some prior CV checking already. The employer requested me to contact their appointed legal firm and do the "Affidavit of Work permit/Insurance Certificate" (around AED 6,370.81) for job secure first. The firm stated in the email that, this "Affidavit" fee will be reimbursed by my employer, "AL AMAL AMANI EXPLORATION". From the CV screening and to the job offer, they do have clear contact method and website, as well as telephone no. I do check their company website as well as calling the legal firm and has response. In this case, please give me some advice on whether I should give it a try, though AED 6370 is not a very big amount but still afraid of having a scam. Thanks, Pauline.

Carla Verfaille on 9 Mar 2021 - 08:04

Hi Pauline, unfortunately this is sounding very much like a scam. No reputable company would ask you for money, but would cover these costs themselves. If you would like some more information, please see this article on job scams

Jsanchez63 on 15 Mar 2021 - 18:18

Hi, good day, me too, I recently have a job offer in Abu Dhabi (not interview), they said me that I must to contact to a firm law and pay: work permit/ insurance to the legal assistent, after that, they will reimbursement me for travel expenses.


Lawyer Company Name: A .T & PARTNERS LAW FIRM, ABU DHABI - U.A.E

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