Mission Visa UAE

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Getting a Mission Visa for the UAE is not a very common thing when compared to other types of visas needed for Dubai. However, it’s important to know that visa rules can change often. So, it’s a good idea to stay in touch with a travel agency or check with the nearest UAE embassy before you fly.

If you’re from one of the 33 countries, you’ll need to get your visa through a sponsor. The type of visa you get depends on things like your nationality, the reason for your trip, how long you plan to stay, and more. But remember, it’s crucial to keep an eye on your visa’s expiration date. If you overstay, you could face a penalty of Dh 100 for each day you’re late.

What Is a Mission Visa?

When people go to Dubai, they sometimes apply for a mission visa that lasts for 90 days. But be aware, it might not always be exactly 3 months. This visa is called a mission visa, and it’s for professionals who are in Dubai for a short time as probationary workers. To get this visa, you apply at the labor department. It’s important to know that it allows multiple entries and can be renewed.

What is a Special Mission Entry Visa?

The Special Mission Entry Visa is a bit different from a regular visa that typically lasts for 90 days. Instead, this visa is specifically designed for a shorter period of 16 days and is commonly known as the Dubai Transit visa. It should not be confused with the transit visa that is valid for only 96 hours. This visa allows for a single entry and cannot be renewed.

Temporary Work Permits:

It’s important to note that the Special Mission Entry Visa is not the same as a Temporary Work Permit (TMP). A TMP is a work permit issued by the Ministry of Labor to individuals who already hold a UAE residence visa. Recent research from Khaleej Times confirms that a valid residency for a TMP must be at least 6 months, and it is always associated with a job offer from a new sponsor. Meeting these criteria is necessary to obtain a temporary employment permit.

Mission Visa Application Guide:

  • Apply for a mission visa at the Ministry of Labor; avoid other departments like DNRD or FNRD.
  • After the temporary labor permit process, bring your photo and passport.
  • Undergo a required medical test.
  • Receive your mission card, equivalent to a Labor card.
  • The mission card is valid for 60 days, allowing a 90-day stay after entry, with an option to renew for another 90 days.
  • Mission visa costs range from DHS 500 to DHS 600, with renewal requiring the same amount.
  • Some sources charge DHS 1200 during renewal.
  • Electronic Mission Permit fees: AED 100 application fee, AED 500 for approval, and a refundable AED 3000 deposit.
  • Renewal fees: AED 500 with a penalty of AED 500 for renewing 7 days after expiry.
  • AED 3000 deposit is refundable if needed.
  • Female applicants with “engineering” as their job title are not eligible.
  • Changing a mission visa to a regular work permit or labor permit card is only possible if the person hasn’t left the UAE.
  • If on a visit or tourist visa, leave the UAE, cancel the tourist visa, and re-enter on the mission visa.
  • No ban is imposed on the expiry of a mission visa.

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