In order to legally work in Abu Dhabi, expats will need to obtain a residence visa sponsorship for employment.
As the title indicates, it’s necessary for expats to have an employer sponsor them by offering them a job contract and by applying with the appropriate authorities for the visa.
For the most part, the hiring company assumes the responsibility of completing most of the paperwork and braving the bureaucracy that comes with it. That said, it never hurts for expats to familiarise themselves with the process, and take note of the documents they must submit to help them on their way.
Getting a work permit in Abu Dhabi
After finding a job and successfully negotiating a job contract, by far the hardest part of the process, expats then need to apply for permission to work in Abu Dhabi by obtaining a residence visa. The process of securing a residence visa will normally be handled by the employer and the employee must provide all the requested notarised paperwork to their employer to support the application process.
Generally, companies are familiar with this process and will provide the applicant with a clear list of the documents they must gather.
Eventually, the successful applicant will be issued with an entry permit, which allows them to come to Abu Dhabi and the greater UAE.
Upon arrival, expats must complete and pass a medical exam, and submit the results to their employer. They will finish the application process with this information, and the applicant will be issued with a labour card; the official document that gives them the right to work in Abu Dhabi.
*Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice and expats should contact their respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.
►Read Visas for Abu Dhabi for a more detailed look at getting a work permit for Abu Dhabi
Are you an expat living in Abu Dhabi?
Expat Arrivals is looking for locals to contribute to this guide, and answer forum questions from others planning their move to Abu Dhabi. Please contact us if you'd like to contribute.
Expat Health Insurance
With 86 million customer relationships in over 200 countries, Cigna Global has unrivalled experience in dealing with varied and unique medical situations and delivering high standards of service wherever you live in the world.
Sirelo has a network of more than 500 international removal companies that can move your furniture and possessions to your new home. By filling in a form, you’ll get up to 5 quotes from recommended movers. This service is free of charge and will help you select an international moving company that suits your needs and budget.