Residence work visa

If you work for a company that operates legally in the UAE, your employer can obtain a residence work visa for you.
AWATERA offers work visa services for both individuals and companies that require legal employment for a significant number of employees in the UAE.

Residence work visa

To obtain a work visa, a company must request it and provide proof of legal operation in the UAE. This visa only permits work for the company that requested it and allows you to stay in the country for the duration of your work contract.

What is included in the service?

  • Assistance in document package preparation
  • Undergoing a medical examination
  • Submission of biometric date
  • Acquisition of a resident visa
  • Acquisition of an Emirates ID

Emirates ID

The Emirates ID is a card that carries a unique identification number for its holder. The Emirates ID card or credential provides the following benefits:

  • enables long-term residency in the UAE;
  • allows the formalization of Ejari long-term housing rental contracts;
  • grants access to both governmental and non-governmental services;
  • permits unlimited crossings of the UAE border;
  • facilitates the procurement of insurance for medical consultations and treatments in the UAE;
  • provides the opportunity to work and conduct business in the UAE;
  • allows for-profit education at all local academic institutions;
  • enables applications for Schengen or U.S. visas;
  • allows for the acquisition of a standard driving license;
  • enables the opening of an account or securing a loan from a local bank.

The Emirates ID is issued with any resident visa.

What is included in the service?

  • Assistance in document package preparation
  • Undergoing a medical examination
  • Submission of biometric data
  • Acquisition of a resident visa
  • Acquisition of an Emirates ID

The process of obtaining a visa

  • Obtaining an entry permit

    Our process is as follows: you give us the documents, we verify, translate, get them legally certified and forward them to the relevant ministries. Simultaneously, we arrange an entry permit for you, which remains valid for 2 months. If you are abroad when the permit is issued, you must arrive before the permit expires.

  • Changing visa status

    The moment you set foot in the UAE, a specific status is allocated to you. In most cases, you can enter the country either as a tourist or a resident. If you are abroad when your entry permit is issued, your status will automatically change to “non-tourist” upon border crossing. If your entry permit is issued while you are already in the UAE, the status is changed manually.

  • Undergoing a medical examination

    Undergoing a medical examination is a compulsory step in the process of applying for any kind of visa. The medical examination includes blood analysis and fluorography.

  • Submission of biometric data

    Submission of biometric data is yet another obligatory step. This procedure must be completed in the UAE. Essentially, you just need to provide your fingerprints.

  • Issuance of a resident visa

    All paperwork is coordinated through the immigration service. Provided everything has been prepared accurately, the ministries will give their approval and issue the visa.

  • Acquisition of an Emirates ID

    Once your visa is issued, you will be given a plastic card with a unique identification number for accessing services within the UAE.

Our Clients' FAQ

The timeframe for obtaining a work visa is 2–4 weeks, depending on the workload of the authorities.

  • 1 color 3×4 photo on white background in electronic form
  • Color scanned copy of a passport (pages with photo and UAE entry stamp)
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Legalized diploma in case of employment in a high or highly specialized position

The cost of obtaining/renewing a work visa (employee visa) starts from $1850, depending on the jurisdiction. For our regular customers who arrange visas for employees in bulk, we make discounts of up to 50%.


    • What we did
    • Formed a company
    • Helped acquire a visa within five working days
    • Opened an account within a month
    • Hired 20+ employees and assisted with their family visas
    • Continue to provide support to this day
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    Our work, from establishing the company to fully employing the staff, took approximately a month and a half. The first Dodo Pizza location opened in Dubai in January 2023. We are very happy for them and continue to provide support by answering their questions in detail. This experience was also beneficial to us. Through our collaboration with Dodo, we realized that we can offer comprehensive legal support on all matters related not only to relocation but also to conducting business in a Muslim country.
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