Urgent.. The UAE gives more information about working without a work visa
The UAE gives more information about working without a work visa, Question: I arrived in the UAE on a visit visa. A friend has hired me to handle his company in Dubai. Can I enter immediately on a visit visa, or do I need to first obtain an employment visa?
Answer: Based on your inquiries, it is understood that you have been given employment by a buddy who owns a firm on the mainland of Dubai. As a result, the provisions of Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021 on Employment Relations Regulation, Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022 on the Implementation of Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021 on Employment Relations Regulation, and Federal Decree Law No. 29 of 2021 on Foreigners' Entry and Residence are applicable.
Labor law in the UAE
An employee may not be employed by an employer in the UAE unless they have a valid work permit. This is in conformity with Employment Law Article 6(1) and Immigration Law Article 5(4). The following are the provisions of the aforementioned laws:
Article 6(1) of the Employment Law states that "no work may be performed in the UAE, and no employee may be recruited or employed by any employer without first obtaining a work permit from the Ministry, in accordance with the provisions of this Decree-Law and its Executive Regulations."
The Immigration Law states in Article 5(4), "An alien is obligated not to engage in any activity or work except in accordance with the legislation in force in the State."
Furthermore, any company in the UAE that hires a worker without a legitimate work permit may face sanctions and expulsion from the country. This is in conformity with Employment Law Article 60 (1) and Immigration Law Articles 25 (1) and (7). The following are the provisions of the aforementioned laws:
According to Article 60(1) of the Employment Law, "whoever: shall be condemned to a fine of not less than Dh50,000 and not more than Dh200,000, whoever:
- Hires an individual who does not have a permit to work for him."
According to Articles 25 (1) and (7) of the Immigration Law:
"Anyone who employs, harbours, or places the alien in violation of the provisions of this Decree-Law shall be punished with imprisonment and a fine of Dh50,000, and the penalty shall be imprisonment and a fine of Dh50,000 in case of recidivism."
"In all cases, the court shall order the deportation of the violating alien, as well as the deportation of the alien who employed or harboured him upon recidivism."
An employer and an employee may mutually agree to get a work permit based on the several types of work permits offered by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). According to Article 6 of Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022, work permits may include part-time work permits, temporary employment permits, and freelance work permits.
According to the aforementioned legal rules, you should not operate in your friend's business while on a visit visa. Instead, you might ask your friend to give you with a work permit and UAE residency visa sponsored by his entity, allowing you to handle his business operations in the UAE.