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Do you dream of launching your career abroad? 

A Job Seeker Visa can be your key to unlocking exciting professional opportunities in the UAE. This visa option allows you to enter the UAE temporarily to explore job markets and attend interviews. 

In this comprehensive guide, we’ll delve into everything you need to know about the Job Seeker Visit Visa, including eligibility requirements, fees, and the step-by-step application process.  So, pack your resume and get ready to embark on your international job search journey!

What is a Job Seeker Visa in UAE?

 Job Seeker Visa in UAE

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The job seeker visit visa allows foreign nationals to enter the country for a temporary stay (typically 60, 90, or 120 days) to search for employment. Unlike a typical visit visa, this option doesn’t require a local sponsor or host. 

This provides flexibility for you to independently explore job markets, attend interviews, and potentially secure a job offer.

Eligibility: Who can apply for a Job Seeker Visa?

This visa is open to qualified individuals seeking to explore job opportunities in the country. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated Skills or Recent Graduate: Possess skills classified within the top three tiers (first, second, or third) according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) job categories. Alternatively, you can be a graduate within the past two years from one of the world’s top 500 universities as recognized by the Ministry of Education.
  • University Degree: Hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification).
  • Financial Stability: Meet the required financial threshold to demonstrate you can support yourself during your job search.

Job Seeker Visa Requirements

The following are the requirements for when applying for a Job Seeker Visa in the UAE:

  • A personal photo.
  • A passport copy, valid for at least 6 months.
  • A university degree.

Job Seeker Visa Fees

  • 60-day visit visa fee: AED200
  • 90-day visit visa fee: AED300
  • Fee for a 120-day visit visa: AED400
  • In addition to the value-added tax (5%).

Financial guarantees:

  • Security amount: AED1000
  • Warranty service fee: AED20
  • Fee for collection and return of the guarantee: AED40

Additional fees (if the sponsored person is inside the country):

  • Knowledge dirham: AED10
  • Innovation dirham: AED10
  • Fee inside the country: AED500

Note: Please note that visa fees may vary depending on individual circumstances.

How to Apply for Job Seeker Visa in the UAE: A Step-by-Step Guide

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There are two main ways to apply for a Job Seeker Visit Visa in the UAE:

1. Online Application (through website or smart app):

  • Step 1: Log in to the UAE government’s smart services system using your UAE Pass or username.
  • Step 2: In the dashboard, search for “Job Seeker Visa” to be directed to the application page.
  • Step 3: Once you find the service, carefully fill out the online application form. Be sure to provide accurate and complete information.
  • Step 4: Review your application and submit it. You will be prompted to pay the visa application fee at this stage.

2. In-Person Application (at Customer Happiness Centre or Amer Service Centre)

  • Step 1: Visit your nearest Customer Happiness Centre or Amer Service Centre. You can find locations on the official UAE government website. 
  • Step 2: Take a turn ticket using the automated system and wait for your number to be called.
  • Step 3: When it’s your turn, approach the customer service representative and inform them you want to apply for a Job Seeker Visit Visa.
  • Step 4: Present all the required documents to the representative for verification.
  • Step 5: Pay the visa application fee once your application is confirmed complete.

Important Note: It’s always recommended to check the official UAE government website for any updates or changes to the application process and fee structure.

FAQs

What is the difference between job seeker visa and visit visa?

While a visit visa allows for tourism and short stays, a job seeker visa grants a longer stay specifically for searching for employment and attending interviews, but doesn’t permit actual work.

How long is the job seeker visa in the UAE?

The UAE job seeker visa comes in three durations: 60, 90, or 120 days, giving you flexibility to search for jobs for up to four months.

What is the use of job seeker visa?

A job seeker visa lets skilled foreigners or recent grads legally explore a country’s job market for several months by attending interviews and networking. While it doesn’t permit actual work, it helps bridge the gap between foreign talent and potential employers.

Can I get a job in Dubai on a visit visa?

No, you cannot legally get a job in Dubai while on a visit visa.  A visit visa is strictly for tourism and leisure purposes. Working on a visit visa is a violation of immigration regulations and could lead to fines or even deportation.

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