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UK Work Visa UAE

If you are a UAE resident looking to work in the UK, you may need to apply for the appropriate Work Visa.

For more information, including how to apply for a UK Work Visa from Dubai, contact one of our friendly immigration advisers at 0333 305 9375 or use the online chat.

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    Overview of UK Work Visa from the UAE

    UK Work Visas permit UAE citizens to work legally in the UK. UAE citizens can find job opportunities in different fields with a UK work permit.

    Different types of Work Visas are available, and it is important to apply for the most appropriate one to avoid having your application rejected or delayed.

    Ensure you meet the requirements and understand how to apply, how much it costs, and how long it takes to process. The visa you apply for will depend on your specific situation and the purpose of your planned relocation.

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    Work Visa Requirements in the UK for UAE Immigration

    Eligible applicants from the UAE can apply for a UK Work Visa, but you must meet set criteria. This includes:

    • Valid UAE passport with at least one blank page.
    • Proof of Dubai resident status (such as an original or a certified copy of your permanent residence certificate).
    • Proof of address (e.g., utility bills or a recent bank statement).
    • Evidence of employment or job prospects (e.g., an offer letter or contract).
    • Health and criminal background checks.

    Types of Work Visas in the UK

    UAE applicants can apply for any type of UK Work Visa if they meet the requirements. The main UK Work Visas include the following:

    Skilled Worker Visa

    The Skilled Worker Visa allows UAE citizens to work for an approved employer in the UK. You need a job offer from a UK employer, a valid Certificate of Sponsorship, proficient English language skills, and a minimum salary threshold of (£38,700) to qualify.

    You can apply for settlement after five years on a Skilled Worker Visa, and it is possible to apply for an extension.

    It is possible to bring dependents to the UK on a Skilled Worker Visa, but the applicant must prove they can support themselves and any family members during their time in the UK.

    Global Business Mobility

    The Global Business Mobility routes are for UAE workers coming to the UK for work. There are different routes for each type of worker.

    • UK Expansion Worker for senior managers or specialists arriving in the UK to assist a business in expanding into a new market.
    • Service Supplier route for those working for an overseas service provider or self-employed professionals.
    • Senior or Specialist Worker route for senior managers or specialists working in the UK for a business connected to their overseas employer.
    • Secondment Worker route for seconded to the UK as part of a significant contract or investment from their overseas employer.

    High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa

    The High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa lets you work or be self-employed in the UK for two or three years, depending on your qualifications. There are some restrictions on the time of work you can undertake, and the HPI is not a path to settled status or citizenship as it can not be renewed.

    Scale-up Worker Visa

    The Scale-up Worker visa allows you to work for a qualifying UK business for at least six months. Your employer must meet specific criteria to sponsor you, and the role must meet minimum salary requirements and be on the eligible occupations list.

    You can initially stay in the UK for two years and then extend your visa every three years if you still meet the requirements. After five years, it is possible to apply for permanent residence.

    Health and Care Worker Visa

    The Health and Care Worker Visa lets medical professionals work in the UK with the NHS, an NHS supplier, or in adult social care. To qualify, you must be a qualified doctor, nurse, health or adult social care professional, have a valid job offer from a Home Office licensed sponsor UK employer, and meet the minimum salary requirement.

    Your visa can be issued for up to five years and extended if you meet the criteria. After five years, you may apply for permanent settlement. You can apply online, and processing usually takes three weeks.

    Changes to the visa mean new applicants may be unable to bring dependents unless you are employed in certain roles. Reach out to Total Law for more information.

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      UK Work Visa Application Process

      The processing time for a UK Work Visa application varies, but it takes between 3 and 8 weeks on average. However, it can take longer if there are delays in the processing system. To apply, you need to:

      • Submit an application form online through the UK government’s portal.
      • Attach relevant documents, such as your visa application form, evidence of your income, bank account details, and passport-size photographs.
      • Pay the visa application fee.
      • Schedule an appointment for your visa interview. You can book your appointment online.

      How Can Total Law Help You?

      Total Law immigration lawyers assist UAE citizens in applying for a UK Work Visa. We have expertise in immigration laws and procedures. Our legal advisers can help you understand your Work Visa options and requirements.

      Our expert lawyers will explain the necessary documents and paperwork you’ll need. We will ensure that you submit a complete and accurate application. The Total Law team can handle communication with immigration authorities on your behalf. We can address any questions or concerns arising during the application process.

      For more information about the UK Work Visa from the UAE, including how to apply and what documents are needed, contact one of our friendly immigration advisers at 0333 305 9375 or use our online chat.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                It depends on the visa category. Some UK work permits allow UAE citizens to work independently, while others have restrictions or need extra permissions.

                In most cases, UAE citizens can renew their UK Work Visa multiple times if they meet eligibility and category requirements.

                UAE citizens with a valid UK Work Visa can change jobs by following proper procedures, such as accepting a new job offer, updating their visa, and applying for a new job if needed.