UAE to issue work permits, residency visa in 5 days

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Getting your UAE work permit or residence visa will now only take five days instead of 30 days after the UAE government launched the second phase the Work Bundle online platform.

Launched on Tuesday (June 11), the second phase of Work Bundle will cover 600,000 companies and more than 7 million workers. The Work Bundle via eases the hiring process of new employees for business owners and private companies as well as allows pre-renewal of work permits for existing employees. A mobile app will be launched soon.

“Work Bundle platform provides services through a unified portal, with simple, streamlined procedures, which saves time and effort, reducing the number of visits needed to complete transactions by 80 per cent,” said Major General Suhail Saeed Al Khaili, director general of the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security.

The platform reduces eight work and residency procedures into one, as well as simplifies services such as issuing a new work permit, requesting a status adjustment, issuing a visa and employment contact, Emirates ID, residency and medical examination, renewal of worker’s employment contract, Emirates ID and residency renewal and cancellation of employment contract, work permit and residency.

Procedures are simplified because all basic information about employees and companies will be asked only once and will be used for all services, which significantly reduces procedures and requirements.

There is also a unified payment system to ensure speed and efficiency in services from federal and local government entities, said Khalil Al Khoori, undersecretary for Human Resources Affairs at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).

Phase two of Work Bundle was launched in collaboration with MOHRE, Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Customs and Port Security; Emirates Health Services; Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority; and the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi. The third phase of Work Bundle will cover domestic workers.

“This is a significant step towards advancing the design and delivery of government services to meet future demand,” said Al Khoori. ICA/Expat Media

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