Permits and Visas for Work in UAE
Page updated as of October 2019.
A background check and attested documents must be provided to apply for a work permit in the UAE. Here's some information to help get the process started for you!
Step 1: Get your background check for the UAE
For the UAE, you must obtain a background check/no criminal record report from a state or national (FBI) organization. If you're overseas or your employer absolutely requires it, you can get a full FBI check. Here's some information about the FBI background check. If you reside overseas or need to expedite your FBI application check, we suggest to use this Channeler service. Lastly, if you live overseas and require assistance, Teaching Nomad can order a background check on your behalf.
Step 2: Get your documents attested
Each school will require different documents to be attested, so check with your HR contact before moving forward.
Examples of documents you may need to get attested are:
- Your university degree(s)
- Your teaching license
- Your background check
Other documents you will need to get attested if you are bringing a spouse and/or children include:
- A marriage certificate
- Your child's birth certificate (only if they are traveling with you)
- A divorce/spouse’s death certificate (only required if you are bringing children with you)
- A letter from your child’s father (in the event the father will not be traveling with children. ‘He authorizes the mother to sponsor the child(ren) for residence in the UAE’ this must be written on the document)
Note: Some prescription drugs require attestation. Contact the UAE embassy if you think you might need to have medication attested.
How to get your documents attested for use in the UAE:
There are agents that will do the entire attestation process for you, for a fee. They make the whole process much easier and provide you with peace of mind while you prepare for your move abroad. The agent we recommend using is listed under each country below.
If you choose to complete your attestation manually, below is the step-by-step process for completing the process based on your country of origin. If you have questions or run into problems during the process, contact your placement consultant or Teaching Nomad directly and we can help.
1. Get your document notarized by a local notary. Getting a certified copy should work, but always consult your school to be sure.
2. *New step as of October 2018* - This step is only relevant if you're in Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, and Tennessee. Documents notarized in these states must be authenticated at the county level after they're notarized. County authentication can be obtained from a circuit clerk, circuit court, county clerk, probate judge, or a superior court clerk.
3. Get your documents certified by the Secretary of State's office. All documents must be certified by the Secretary of State’s office in the state where the documents were notarized. They will verify the notarization received in step 1 and put a seal on the notarized document.
4. Get your documents authenticated by the U.S. Department of State.
5. Send your documents to the UAE Embassy.
If you do not live in or near a capital city, it will likely be easier to use one of the visa agents that we recommend. This may save you time and money.
*Any estimated prices listed here are quotes that we've received in the past, and we cannot guarantee that these are the prices you'll pay*
Step 3: Work Permit
Now that your documents are attested, send scans of these documents to your employer, and they will apply for your work permit. It's important to tell them which UAE consulate you will use to apply for your work visa, as YOU CANNOT CHANGE THIS LATER. So if you plan to use an agent, you may want to consult them at this point. The entire process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks, so do not delay.
Step 4: Work Visa
Once approved, your employer will email your work permit approval to you which you can take to the consulate or to the visa agent assisting you.
If you're having difficulties with this process, be sure to contact your Teaching Nomad placement consultant, we're here to help!
If you decide to place an order for document attestation through us, Teaching Nomad will complete the entire process for you. After this, you'll be well on your way to teaching in the UAE!