Employer of Record United Arab Emirates

Work Permits and Visas in United Arab Emirates

Employer of Record United Arab Emirates

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Do I need a Work Permit or Visa to work in United Arab Emirates?

We can generally support candidates needing a work visa in United Arab Emirates.

If you’re planning to work in the United Arab Emirates, you’ll need a work permit, and you’ll need a job offer from a company based in the United Arab Emirates. Agility EOR will handle most of the paperwork, but you’ll also need to provide some personal information and documents, like your passport, visa, and proof of your education and work experience.

The work permit will be linked to your specific job and employer. This means that if you change jobs, you’ll need to apply for a new work permit.

The length of your work permit will depend on your specific job and contract. Some work permits are only valid for a few months, while others can be valid for several years.

You’ll also need a residency visa to live and work in the United Arab Emirates. This is a separate document that allows you to live in the country for a specific period of time. We can help with the application process for your residency visa.

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We deliver a fully managed EOR Service in the United Arab Emirates, including Payroll, HR and Legal compliance support

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Frequently Asked Questions

Payrolling the employees is a key part of the service offered by an EOR company. The EOR will calculate and remit all taxes, social securities and similar payments, on behalf of both employer and employee. The client will be invoiced in advance by the EOR company, for the total cost of the payroll.

Yes. Our clients are free to dictate the structure of the employees’ remuneration including any bonuses or commissions they wish to offer. In some countries, there is a statutory requirement to provide “bonuses”, for example in the form of Christmas or holiday allowances.

Yes. Agility EOR will calculate what pay is due upon termination of an employee, factoring in such things as any untaken leave entitlements.

We find that most of our clients are in the Tech, IT, Finance and Professional Services industries. However, we have acquired the skills, knowledge and experience to help all industries across the globe.

As a private company, we’re not beholden to shareholders or asset-shredding Private Equity targets. We aim to build long-term relationships with our clients. At Agility EOR, our approach is that we never forget that our business is all about people. Our Employer of Record solutions are tailored to each requirement, not a one-size-fits-all tech platform. We do the right thing by our clients and by the laws of each country we operate in. And we believe in openness; if we don’t feel we can offer you the best solution for a specific territory, we’ll say so. 

We pride ourselves on our personable-approach so once you enter your new employees details into our dedicated platform, we’ll arrange a call with you to go through the details of the employment contract where together we can review and amend to your requirements. We liaise directly with your employee to build a rapport and obtain the necessary information to hire them compliantly, and set them up ready for their first payroll.

We never stop delivering! Even if you’re employee has been onboarded and is happily working for you and being paid each month, we’re here to partner with you whenever you or your employees need us. Even your ex-employees may need our assistance for tax documents, proof of employment requests etc… Our service never stops!