Moving to Dubai after Brexit

Moving to Dubai after Brexit

2020 has been a crazy year for moving to Dubai, first there was Brexit and now most of the world is slowly coming out of lock down after the Corona Virus Covid 19 Pandemic. But once we all get moving again people will want to know if anything has changed about Moving to Dubai after Brexit.

Quick guide on moving to Dubai after Brexit

Well the answer is not a lot. the entry requirements and process are the same as before although things always have a habit of being changed when you least expect it. The team at Advance Moves international removals have put together a quick guide on the essentials for moving to Dubai after Brexit, They also have a moving to the UAE information page on their website for further information on moving to UAE.

Visas for Moving to Dubai

If you are moving to Dubai after Brexit then you will need to obtain a visa. All British passport holders get a visit visa on arrival which is valid for 30 days, only for tourist purposes. You can extend this for a longer period, but that usually involves leaving and re-entering the UAE which makes it impractical to do.

Visas for staying in Dubai

If you are Moving to Dubai then you will need a more permanent visa. This can be in one of four forms.

Employment Visa: A visa that is arranged by your employer allowing you entry to the country, after which a work permit is issued.

Dependant Visa: A visa for those whose spouses or parents are already residents of Dubai

Student Visa: A visa for those enrolling into one of the universities in Dubai

Investor Visa: A visa for expats investing in companies in the UAE

The employment visa for UAE

The most common amongst these is the employment visa, the main requirement for this is to have a job offer from a company registered in Dubai. Once you accept the offer, the visa processing and associated costs are generally taken care of by the organization employing you.

Current covid 19 effect on visas

On 13 April, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship in Dubai announced that visas and entry permits that expired after 1 March 2020 are now valid until the end of December 2020. This includes visit visas, residency visas and ID cards and has been put in place due to the corona virus pandemic. For residents it applies to those both inside and outside the UAE. For visitors it applies only to those who are still in the UAE.

If you have any questions on the validity or expiry of your visa, contact UAE Immigration directly. If you’re living outside the UAE, contact the nearest UAE Embassy for further advice.

Extending a visa in the UAE

If you have entered Dubai on a visit visa and you wish to work then you should get a probationary work permit, valid for up to 3 months, from the Ministry of Labour. If you don’t get this permit and are caught working while on a visit visa, then you risk being jailed or fined and deported. The UAE can be very harsh on this so make sure you don’t break any rules with visas

For further information, including on how to stay in the UAE for longer than 60 days, visit the websites of the UAE Consulate in London, the Naturalisation and Residency Department – Dubai or even the UAE Federal E-Government Portal.

Health checks for living in Dubai

If you apply for a residence visa, you will have to take a blood test. If you test positive for HIV or hepatitis you will be detained and then deported. There is no appeal process.  

Deposit of passport is illegal

UAE employers may ask foreign employees to deposit their passports with the company as part of the terms and conditions of employment. While this is not an unusual practice, it is illegal under UAE labour law so do not allow it to happen.

Moving to Dubai on a work visa

If you are moving to Dubai on a work visa, your employer will inform you about all the required documentation. It should include your signed offer letter, passport copy, educational certificates and the recently introduced good conduct certificate from a recognized body in the countries you lived in for the last 5 years. 

Further paperwork to consider

One of the things you need to take care of, is the attestation of your certificates according to the Ministry of Labour guidelines. This can take a considerable amount of time, so make sure it’s ready before you apply for a work permit in Dubai to avoid delays.

Your certificates must have the Apostille Stamp by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and be attested by the UAE Embassy in London. Once in Dubai, you will need to get these attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).. Make sure all your other paperwork is in order.Remember to take enough passport sized photographs, because your first few days after moving to Dubai will involve a lot of form-filling and these will come in handy.

Passports for moving to Dubai after Brexit

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into the UAE. If you hold a residence permit, your passport must be valid for at least 3 months in order to travel into the country.

If you’re transiting the UAE (and not passing through Immigration) your passport only needs to have a minimum of 3 months validity from the date of transit.

Your removal to Dubai

Once you have sorted out your visa then it’s time to sort out your international removal to Dubai. This is where the expertise of Advance Moves International removals comes in. The Advance moves team have a very simple online quick quote system that allows you to enter minimal details about your removal and will then give you an instant online quotation for your removal. This is then backed up by more detailed quotations from up to 5 of Advance moves international agents who can cover your removal requirements.

Instant online quotes for moving to Dubai

The advance moves quick quote system saves you time and money and they don’t just cover Dubai. You can get a removal quotation for anywhere in the world. Give it a go and start budgeting and planning for your move to Dubai now.

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