Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Working on your Husband's Visa in Dubai

We often get asked whether a wife under her husband’s sponsorship can work or not, as, if your residency is sponsored by you husband, there is a stamp in the passport saying “Housewife- not allowed to work”. We look into whether you can actually work legally if in this situation.

wokring on husbands visa in dubaiYour husband can sponsor you to be a resident of Dubai but unless you are working for him, him being a business owner, you cannot get a labour/ work permit through your husband. Basically if you want to work the company you are going to work for has to apply for the labour permit for you- you cannot work for them legally without this.

So in a nutshell- your husband can sponsor you to actually live here legally but a company must provide you with a work permit to work here legally.


Some women do work casually or part time on what they call “their husband’s visa” but this leaves them wide open to problems. Not only is it illegal and both the company and the worker can get fined, have a labour ban placed or even deported, but if a dispute over pay for example arises the woman will have no legal recourse to make a case or claim as she is not officially employed. So the Labour Law will not protect her in this case.

Many wives come to Dubai as “trailing spouses” and are not planning to work but maybe change their mind once here. Many women choose to go onto their husband’s residency sponsorship as they potentially get better benefits this way from a husband’s company by having a family status allowances for flights, accommodation, school fees and medical coverage. Also if you do want to change jobs you can cancel or transfer your labour card and still have your residency continuing.

Rules for applying to sponsor your wife or husband

A husband can sponsor his wife whether she is employed or not as long as minimum salary requirements are met- these are susceptible to change and at the moment it is a salary of 4,000 AED or 3,000 AED if accommodation is provided.

A wife can sponsor their husband if she is working in a qualified profession like a teacher, a doctor, an engineer or equivalent. The qualified wife must have a minimum salary of 5,000 AED. The rules for occupation are more flexible if the wife is earning in excess of 10,000 AED.

You can only sponsor your partner if you are legally married- certification of this is required.

So in summary- if you are on your husband’s residency sponsorship you can work- as long as you get a labour card/ work permit from the company you are going to work for.


NB: Maids/ Home Help

Maids etc. come under a different category at the Ministry Of Labour and are not allowed to work even if they have a residency sponsored by the husband. They have to be sponsored for their residency and work permit by their employer.

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50 comments:

  1. Hello,

    Thanks for the info. I'd just like to clarify on something. Basically, it is possible to work even though you are under your husband's visa and it isn't considered illegal. Actually I worked for an international company while I was under my husband's visa. All you need to provide is a 'no objection letter' from your husband to allow you to work and once that is done, the company can 'legally' apply a labour card for you. Infact, I had a labour card and work permit even though I was under his visa. Also, sometimes it is better to be under your husband's visa as you are more flexible when it comes to changing jobs and companies cannot give you an restrictions. In addition, should the company decide to lay you off, you don't have to worry about exiting the country since you have your visa under your husband. Hope this helps.

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  2. Thanks for the input- as we say in the feature- you can work "on your husband's visa"- which actually means your residency is sponsored by him- as long as your have a labour card/ permit from the company you are working for.

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  3. Is this rules apply in ABU DHABI ? Thx

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  4. I am on husband visa and company apply for my working permit but on my probitionary months i am planning to resign and look for a better job do i will get a banned for that a 6months banned please help me with this matter as i am not happy anymore... Thanks

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  5. Yes you can possibly get a 6 month labour ban- it all depends on the company- if they are happy to release you they may not put a ban on you- if they are not happy as they have had to spend money on your recruitment costs etc. they may put a 6 month labour ban on you.

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  6. Does anyone know the rules/procedures for working remotely from Dubai for my current company in the USA. My husband will be sponsoring me on his visa and we had hoped I would be able to continue my current work remotely from Dubai. My company is ok with this arrangement, but I am wondering if this is legal in terms of the UAE laws?

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  7. I have sponsored my wife and she is working with a company which has issued her a work permit, I have got a new job offer recently & I have to cancel my current vis and as far as my knowledge goes any dependent visa needs to be cancelled first before cancelling visa. All I want to know is that do I need to even cancel her work permit before cancelling her visa or I can directly cancel her visa without cancelling her work permit and how it will affect her job??

    Also I would like to know if I can freeze her visa by paying 5000 dirahms thus avoiding all the hassles?? if yes then what is the procedure
    My current visa is a SHJ visa and new visa is DXB

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    1. The best thing to do in this case would be to ask your company's PRO as it all sounds a bit complicated!

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  8. what is supposed to be the legal minimum salary of an employee on husband visa received?

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  9. There is no minimum salary for working in Dubai. If you mean what is the minimum that should be earned for a man to sponsor his wife it is 9,000 AED including accommodation or 10,000 AED without accommodation.

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  10. My visa is Expired in 2010 & new visa is renewed, but they forgot ot put a cancel stamp on visa, is it posible to approach any UAE Emigration department for this stamp, or should i go to sharjah emigration itself for cancellaiton stamp, please advice,















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    1. It's probably best to get your company's PRO to sort this out.... as long as you were cancelled in their system you should be ok... did you have any cancellation papers- you may need those as back up. You probably need to go to the emirate your visa was cancelled from but just check with any first and they will let you know.

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  11. Hi, so the current rule for a husband to sponsor his wife is that the man should be earning 9000AED if with accommodation and 10000AED if without? Thanks.

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  12. Me and my husband working in same company under husband's visa. My husband has submitted his resignation and same time I am not finished my two years. when my husband's visa cancelling, do we need to cancel my visa at first.If so, am entitled for 6 month labour ban.. what is the solution to avoid such ban because I am interested to continue the same company as the company is ready to allow me.

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  13. Speak to your company PRO... if the company want to continue to employ you they won't put a ban on- it's not an automatic ban.

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  14. HI...
    I am currently on my husband's visa and i have joined a new work place. They have a clause of 2 year limited contracted which can be broken at any time with 45 days salary. Is there any work around for this clause? If for some instance, i wish to resign before 2 years and i dont have the money to pay them, what will be the consequences? Please let me know

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  15. Hi. My husband works in Dubai and has a work permit. He wants to sponsor my visa. Since I am Hepatitis B positive, I am wondering if I can get a husband visa. Also am I allowed to work? . Can I stay with him and work there in this case?

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    1. Hep B is only tested for for 6 categories of workers lkike maids, food workers, etc so you should be ok. You can work when under your husband's sponsorship as long as the company you work for provides you with a labour card/ permit.

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  16. Hi all, I am on a husband's visa and been working for a company for exactly 7 days now. They havent processed my labour card and now I wanted to quit job coz I didint like the attitude of my boss. Can they file case against me since I signed contract already? obviously they cannot put ban since labour card is not yet processed. Thank you!

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    1. No you should just be able to leave- they may try and recoup their recruitment costs if there were any though.

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  17. i want to apply a husband visa for my wife.will she undergo a medical exam?
    if she decided to get a job under husband visa, will she undergo medical exam?
    thank you so much.

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    1. Yes every resident of the UAE has to undergo medical tests... blood test and chest Xray

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  18. Can me and my husband work in same company in uae? I am on my husbands sponsership visa

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    1. As long as the company doesn't have any objections to this or rules governing this it is not a problem

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  19. So a wife can be on her husband's residency visa, which his employer essentially provides, along with medical, accommodation allowance etc, but the only issue is that she needs a labour card from the company she would would work for? Could the company the husband works for have any objection to this and cause any issues if the wife hasn't obtained a labour card?

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    1. If you are going to work the company must either provide you with a residence visa or a labour card. It is illegal to work without one or the other. The husband's company has nothing to do with you getting a labour permit to work for a company.

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  20. Hi,I am staying in Dubai on husband visa and I started to work for a company for 1 month now. My husband submitted the resignation in his company and going to join the new job in Dubai itself.When he cancels his visa,my Visa also will be cancelled.
    Will I get a 6 months ban? please provide a solution.

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    1. No you won't get a ban but your visa will be cancelled and you will need to get a new one.

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  21. Hi there, I am staying in Abu Dhabi and under my husband's sponsorship. An outsourcing company offered me a job for a temporary 3 month contract. I believed that for a company to be able to apply a work permit, mine and my husband's visa should be at least 6 months valid. My husband's visa will expire on 15 Feb. 2014. May I know the consequences of this? Is there any exemption on the rule if the work contract is only for 3 months? Thanks

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    1. We don't know the answer to this one- check with the company's PRO- they will know the rules.

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  22. My wife is under my sponsorship. We work in abu dhabi. Now her company wants to transfer her to dubai. We object to that. Does the company have a legal or moral right to terminate her employment? Do we have a legal backing to challenge them? My visa is dubai.

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  23. hi.. i am staying in dubai under husband visa .i had been working almost 8 months with UAE labour card under husband visa. I need to find better job, so if i decide to resign from my current office now. Whether i will get any labour ban because i didn't complete one year???

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    1. Hi, i have also same problem can u inform me. u got any solution about yr problem.

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  24. hi..i am a doctor and working with a private medical centre in dubai since 23 dec 2013. I am on my husbands visa,and all other expenses regarding license and insurance my employer dint pay for me only the labor card he wud pay for which i have doubt as he din start the procedure yet.
    I am on 6 month probation period. Now after signing the offer letter the employer is creating trouble for me and getting dominant and i am afraid as my money is invested so din spk out for few days but nw things are turning worst and i just want to leave him. please help me out by telling what if he asks me to leave immediately and cancels my license or if i want to leave is he bound to pay my money back? and can he impose a labor ban on me if he is not giving NOC since he din nt even provide me the labour card? I dont know what should i do as i need the job but my employer is torturing me like anything and is taking me for granted..i feel like i m al trapped as alredy he is not giving me any paid leaves or benefits or public holidays and after al that he is dictating my work too by giving me instructions what to do on patients in order to earn money ..HELP me plzz as it would take me time to find other job and also it would affect my resume leaving 1st job in such a short duration..
    Please guide me what should be the right thing to do?
    i dnt want any legal complications to occur but i cant continue like this.

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  25. my husband is on my residence visa, he has now found a job, what must i do in order for him to start work with his new company

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  26. Hi ..i came dxb on employee visa .....but i styed in dxb without visa stamp for one n half yearr..bcz when i came there i was crying n want to get back to india but my sister didnt send me after two months i loved to stay in dxb bcz i was misssing my parents ....then after one n half year i came to india ...my sisiter trying to get visa for me again but they said my passport is in black list ....bcz i stayed in dxb without visa ...but she is ready to pay penalty ..but nobody guide us right way.....i m not a cruminal so wwhy it happen ...my family is in dubai so how can i get visa ....plz help me what to do

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  27. Hi.......i am currently on my husbands visa and got a job in a school ..........i haven't started working yet...........however i have received offer from one more place close by ......i cant travel much as ive had medical issues ..........can i leave the job before joining ........i have submitted my documents though ........but im not sure whats happening with my labor card.....

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    1. Tell the new company to stop processing your labour permit- or to cancel it if it's done...

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  28. I am under my Husband sponsorship. I joined on organisation in last October. Despite of my repeated request to the organisation for my Work permit, I didn't get any work permit so far. To avoid any legal against me from sharjah Municipality, what shall i do as precautionary measures.

    Please advise me

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    1. You and the company can both get fined if they have not done the correct paperwork for you- your company must fix this as soon as possible as you are both at risk!

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  29. My husband is panning to go to Dubai with in next two months as a automobile technician for a two year renewable contract. After two years he is planning to take me there. I hope to apply for a job before getting there. And hope to go there through employee visa. Is it a better option?Can I live with my husband after I go there with employee visa. I have 4 year experience in executive level in an international company. So I hope I'll be able to find a better job. Will this work? Thanks

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  30. Hi, I'm also on a husband's visa and I just recently joined a company for 5 days. I'm planning to quit because another company offered me a much better compensation and this company is a well-known, prestigious one...

    Can I immediately resign? Is there any risk, like labor ban? I appreciate your help. Thank you.

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    1. Your company may try and claim back the expenses incurred in your recruitment and they can if they choose to place a work ban on you... try and work things out amicably if you can!

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  31. hi. i have a query, i have got a job in dubai almost 1 and a half month now but i am not happy and wish to resign and look out for another job. will i get a ban? will i have to pay for the visa and ticket?

    Looking forward to an early response

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    1. Your company may try and claim back the expenses incurred in your recruitment and they can if they choose to place a work ban on you... try and work things out amicably if you can!

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  32. i came to Fujairah on my husbands visa recently . i was a software engineer in India. Now iam in Job searching, what kind of jobs i can go for if not IT jobs any other related information plsss?

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  33. My husband is panning to go to Oman in next two months. After 3 months he is planning to take me there. I hope to apply for a job before getting there. And hope to go there through employee visa. Is it a better option? Can I live with my husband after I go there with employee visa. Or is it better to get family visa and join in a job there?
    Kindly clarify. Thank you!

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  34. I'm on a husband visa and currently working as a Saleslady..I would like to know if i'm entitled to a round trip ticket to my origin country and a one month salary leave pay like a contract employee after two (2) years

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  35. On husbands have a labor ban for 6 months. Is it a bad remark for the next employer.

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  36. Hello all, my wife is on my visa and she applied for a job today at a hospital, the operation manager said they will give her a 2 year contract but she will be able to change within 6 month, he also indicated to her that they will not give her insurance as your husband (myself) is better, and if she wants the hospital insurance they will have to transfer the visa etc... the salary is low for a specialist doctor but she is thinking to take it as she recently obtained the dha license here in dubai... our question is: is this true if there and there is no concequences if quiting the job within 6 months assuming the 6 months clause is there? if so any way the employer (hospital) can ban her? especially they indicated they will get her 3 training certifications etc...

    please help or indicate a number we can call to ask? appreciate any help and hints on what to look for

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