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New UAE jobseeker visa in September: what to expect


DUBAI – A new UAE visa for jobseekers is expected to come into effect in September to make it simpler for people to enter the country to find work.

The Job Exploration Entry Visa, also known as the jobseeker visa, is one of several new types of visas announced by the UAE Cabinet in April in one of the biggest overhauls of the country’s visa residency system.

The new visa for jobseekers is aimed at attracting young talents and skilled professionals to explore job opportunities in the UAE.

The applicant does not require a sponsor or a host to acquire this visa. However, they must be a college graduate.

Fresh graduates applying for this visa must be from one of the best 500 universities in the world, with minimum educational levels of a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent

Applicants must also be classified in the first or second or third skill level as per the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. This includes managers, artists, technicians, professional assistants, secretaries, customer service agents and more. Check the list here

Authorities have yet to announce details about the price of the jobseeker visa and its validity. The visa will be issued by the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

Experts say the jobseeker visa will be helpful to people who cannot get visas on arrival in the UAE.

Hundreds of thousands of people have come to the UAE on a tourist visa or visit visa to find work here. A visit visa requires a sponsor, while a tourist visa requires the traveler to show supporting documents to prove that they can finance their travel.

“The new visa simplifies formalities,” said Deepa Sud, CEO of Plum Jobs, explaining that the jobseekers’ visa makes it clear what the visitor’s objective is in visiting the UAE, while also making it a friendly place for jobseekers to explore opportunities in the country.

The visa process is expected to be “cost-effective and hassle-free”, a Dubai-based human resources expert told ICA/Expat Media

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