Can You Work on Spouse Visa in UAE?

Spouse Visa in UAE + Work

If you are living in the UAE on your spouse’s sponsorship, MOHRE provides the option for issuing a work permit under the residence visa issued by a relative. In order to work in the UAE, you need to have a work permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The work permit can be issued for a wife on her husband’s sponsorship, as well as a husband on a wife’s sponsorship. If a woman, over the age of 18 is under the sponsorship of her father, she is also eligible to work legally and a work permit can be applied for.

What are the documents required by your employer when you are on a spouse or dependent visa:

  1. No Objection Certificate (NOC) from your sponsor/relative.
  2. Passport sized colour photograph with white background
  3. Emirates ID
  4. Education certificate attested if the designation is a skilled profession
  5. Copy of your passport and visa valid for at least six months
  6. Copy of your sponsor’s (spouse’s ) passport and visa page valid for at least six months
  7. For specialised professions like doctors, engineers, nurses or teachers, an approval letter issued by the competent authority is required

Your company will then apply for a work permit for a certain duration as agreed by both employer and employee. When the duration of the work permit is over, the work permit is automatically canceled. If the employee wishes to continue working, a new work permit would need to be applied for.


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2 thoughts on “Can You Work on Spouse Visa in UAE?

  1. Hi,
    Good Morning.
    Im working under husband visa and have labor card.
    Am i entitled to have a gratuity benefit after a certain no. of years working?
    Kindly enlighten me on this matter.
    Appreciate your advise.
    Thank you.


    1. Hi, As an employee under a husband’s visa with a labor card, you are entitled to gratuity benefits after completing one year of continuous service with your employer. Gratuity is calculated based on your last drawn salary and years of service.

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