1. Eligibility Criteria
Before applying for an employment visa in Dubai, ensure you meet the following eligibility criteria:
- You must have a valid employment offer from a company based in Dubai.
- You must be at least 18 years old but not over 60.
- You must possess the qualifications and experience required for the job role.
2. Necessary Documents
Prepare the following documents for your visa application:
- A colored copy of your passport (valid for at least six months)
- Passport-sized photos against a white background
- A copy of your employment contract
- Copies of your academic certificates and professional qualifications
3. Application Process
Follow these steps to apply for your employment visa:
- Entry Permit: Your employer in Dubai must apply for an entry permit on your behalf. They will need your passport copy and photos for this.
- Status Change: Once the entry permit is approved, you enter the UAE, and your status is changed to ‘Employment Visa’ or ‘Residence Visa’.
- Medical Fitness Test: Undergo a medical fitness test at a government-approved health center in Dubai.
- Emirates ID Registration: After passing the medical test, apply for your Emirates ID.
- Visa Stamping: Finally, your passport will be stamped with the employment visa.
The cost of the employment visa varies depending on the company's size and the category of the worker's profession. Generally, the employer bears the visa costs.
5. Common Mistakes to Avoid
Avoid these common mistakes during your visa application process:
- Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months when you apply.
- Do not submit incorrect or false documents.
- Ensure your employer completes all procedures correctly and promptly.
6. Visa Renewal
Employment visas in Dubai usually have a validity of two years. To renew, your employer should initiate the renewal process before the visa expires.
7. Tracking Visa Application Status
You can track the status of your visa application online through the official website of the UAE's Ministry of Interior or the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai.
8. In Case of Visa Rejection
If your visa application is rejected, the authorities will provide the reason for rejection. You can rectify the issue and reapply.
9. Legal Implications
Failure to adhere to the visa application process can result in fines, imprisonment, deportation, or a ban from entering the UAE. Always ensure you and your employer follow the correct procedures.
10. For Further Queries
For more information or assistance with your employment visa application, contact the UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) or the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the UAE.
Remember, this guide is intended to assist Filipino workers planning to work in Dubai. Always refer to the most recent guidelines provided by official UAE government resources.