Moving to any new country can be exhausting. Not only do you have to worry about the accommodation, cost and quality of living, their traditions and culture, but there are a host of documentation that one needs to be prepared to carry and complete.
Similar is the case when moving to the UAE too. However, don’t worry, we’ve made your job simpler! We’ve made a checklist of all the essential documents that will be required at every stage of the process.
To work or live in the UAE you need a residence visa. You only get that either it is sponsored by an employer, if you’re married to someone employed in the UAE, or you’re the child of someone who has a job in the UAE.
You can either enter UAE using a 'visit visa' or 'visa on arrival'. It's highly unlikely that you will initially be allowed a residence visa, and you'll be entering with a visit visa. But the solution here is that to come to UAE using Visa on Arrival, as that is quite freely available and citizens of several countries have access to receive it automatically.
The labour contract is a document that is a legally binding document that defines the terms between the employer and employee, and is referred when there is legal discrepancy between employer and employee. It ideally contains the information about your job description, and must also contain your basic salary, prescribed working hours, and employment period as well.
There are two types of such contracts: Limited and Unlimited. Knowing which of the two you have is very important as the two hold major differences in their working rights. They’re available in both Arabic and English and as of July 2014, they have also been made available electronically as well.
Medical Insurance | Health Card
Healthcare in UAE is known to be very expensive in UAE. Smallest of an issue can make a hole in your pocket. Not just that, but it is not always easy for foreign nationals to receive regular or scheduled care at public facilities. Hence, it is advised that you take up a Medical Insurance. Besides, your employer is legally required to provide you with one as well, and is renewed each year too
Medical Insurance Rules in UAE.
However, for expatriates who do not have medical insurance, the best option for them is to apply for a health card from the UAE's Ministry of Health(MOH). This will allow you to receive medical support at a public facility. You can easily get a DHA health card once you have passed your medical test and obtained your residence visa.
Emirates ID Card (a.k.a. Resident ID Card)
The Emirates ID card is also arranged by your employer, and its validity runs parallel to your visa. Each card contains the holder’s photo, date of birth, address, fingerprints, and in-built magnetic chip. It is now a legal requirement, and an official source of identification in the UAE, and should be carried all the time as well.
No Objection Certificate (NOC)
For most of the processes, a letter of no objection will be required from your sponsor or employer. This letter basically means that, the person is giving a guarantee on your behalf (For instance - they have no objection on you applying for a licence, buying a car, renting a house, and so on), and should be written on a company Letterhead, with your name, position and passport number, signature and company stamp
Aside the aforementioned, there are few more documents that will be required at different walks of life. These include:
- Six passport-size photographs;
- Marriage certificate (if applicable);
- Birth certificates for all family members;
- Copy of the labour/ tenancy contract - check with your sponsor/ employer;
- Educational Degree Certificates
- Professional Qualification Certificates
- Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
- Divorce Certificate (if applicable)
- Salary Certificate
- Clear passport copy of sponsor
- Travel Insurance
- Driving License
- Liquor License
Every company has a PRO (Public Relations Officer) that liaises with various government departments and carries out admin procedures, to help you arrange for all documents like visa, residency, health card, and labour card applications.
To conclude - it is common practice by government officials to carry out inspections to check the legality of the individual. So it is advised to have the copy of the documents handy.