Employment sponsorship system in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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An employee’s or an expat resident’s sponsor for the residency is their employer. The company may be situated in Freezones or outside the Freezones. The residency length has been reduced to 2 years recently from 3 years which used to be, which could be renewed.

The laws of UAE require all the expatriates to be sponsored by a UAE based company or a UAE national. The UAE national could be a direct sponsor while applying for a domestic servant or indirect sponsor while he is a majority partner in the business or the organisation. In most of the cases the UAE national is a sleeping partner meaning that he is not involved in the day to day running of the business.

This is not the case in Freezones where the respective authority acts as the sponsor. There is no requirement for a UAE national partner in the Freezones.

Expatriate residents also could sponsor a domestic servant provided they fit into certain pre-requisites.


  1. Sumbal says

    I m dr working in dubai want to sponser my daughter for residence visa what test will be conducted

  2. nayab says

    I came to UAE as a house wife. I completed my graduation last year. Truly telling that I have no experience but looking forward to get good job. Try to help me on finding a good job.

  3. sepideh samadi says

    hello dear
    i have experience as sale & retail , american companies
    such as The body shop, Victoria,s secret, Hollister co, Loccitane co, macy.
    also cosmetoogy degrees ,at rafael beauty academy at u.s .
    citizen of u.s.a .

  4. Anesh Latchmiah says

    I have 8 years experience as a Financial Administrator.
    I have 2 Years Branch/Operations management experience.
    1 Have 3 and a half years experience as a Traffic Safety Officer.
    I am currently looking for a sponsorship to the UAE

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