Say no to jobs on a visit visa
When you have moved to another country seeking employment, the main aspect
you should keep in mind is the legal aspect. Make sure you learn about the Dos and Don'ts that are
laid out by the UAE government in terms of employment. Prospective employees have been warned time and
again to not give in to the false promises made by Dubai based companies that encourage individuals to
work while on a visit visa. It is clearly stated by UAE law that companies are prohibited from
employing individuals on visit visa and visit visa holders are legally not allowed to work. If you are
being exploited as an employee, the company won't have the labor law entitlement unless you work in a
legally approved manner.
Job hunting, attending interviews and signing the employment agreement is
allowed while on a visit visa. Attending work without having a residence visa stamped on your passport
will transform you into an illegal employee in Dubai. This will also leave you vulnerable to any abuse
the employee or company throws your way.
Source : Khaleej times
Apply online before arrive in Dubai
To properly gauge the employment opportunities in Dubai and understand what
companies consider before hiring, research online and ask your friends and family living in Dubai.
Here are some sites you can visit to check for Jobs :
- Khaleej Times Jobs
- Efinancial Careers
Get the right visa
Majority of the employment seekers think that 30 days is sufficient to find
a good job. The confidence is good, but in reality most of the time takes over 30 days to secure good
employment. Some individuals extend visas more than 3 times to get a good job. Due to this, it is
advised to go for a 3 month Dubai visa. You will be saving lots of money in the long run.
Dubai visa costs 120 AED. The first extension for an additional 30 days costs an additional 1190 AED.
And for the second extension also cost 1190 AED. Whereas, a 90-day Dubai visa costs only 1590 AED
which is way cheaper in the long run.
Check out the big companies
Some companies are reputed for their strict hiring and remarkable position
as a place of employment. To get an idea of such companies in UAE, check Forbes list of top 50
companies in UAE and submit your CV by visiting their respective websites.
Build your resume
The most crucial tool in your Job hunting arsenal is your CV/resume.
Dubai's job scene is highly competitive and a mere six seconds is spent on looking at an employee's
resume. Stay away from any CV related No-Nos. Get an idea of how to make an excellent CV with the CV
building tools online and go prepared to present yourself.
Top Tips for Job Seekers in Dubai
- Get a 90 day visa at the beginning rather than opting for 30 days and wasting time and money on
visa extensions. Even if you are an on-arrival national who gets 30 days free, opt for a 90 day visa
as this will give you plenty of time to look for jobs without worrying about overstay fines.
- If you are unable to secure employment within 100 days make sure to educate yourself on the right
ways to extend your tourist visa and choose the right travel firm to save money.
- Patience is key when looking for a Job. This is very important in Dubai due to the talent
saturation and seasonal recruitment that extends from January to March and stops during Ramadan and
- Don't stop searching for jobs until you are given an offer letter by the company and your visa is
put for status change to residence visa. Every day counts as you need to spend more without an
income if you are unable to find a job within 100 days.
- LinkedIn is a good platform to search and follow individuals who fit in to your area of work.
However, make sure to remain active.