The UAE has announced significant changes to work permits 2023

The UAE has made significant changes to the length of work licences in the nation, while the active period of work permits in the country will be increased to three years, based on proposals by a Federal National Council committee, As working in the UAE without a valid work permit is illegal.

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UAE Work Permit Details

Prior to FNC approval, UAE work licences were provided for a period of two years.The FNC authorised the extension due to the costs associated with applying for and receiving work permits.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) provides the necessary documents for workers in the country. As the FNC Committee on Financial, Economic, and Industrial Affairs recommended that UAE work permits be extended from two to three years.

Furthermore, the committee has proposed waiving work permit expenses in the event of an employee changing jobs.

UAE work permit 2023
UAE work permit

Another notable shift for workers in the UAE was the FNC-approved suggestion that an employee must stay with an employer for a minimum of 12 months after successfully completing a probationary period.

According to media reports, this provision may be waived if both the employee and the company agree.


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