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A Complete Guide to Work Permits for Teenage Expats in the UAE

Here's how expat students in the UAE aged 15 to 18 can apply for a juveniles' work permit

Posted on

13 September 2021

Last updated on 20 September 2021
Work permits for teenagers in Dubai and the UAE

Looking for work in the UAE?

Our economy's job market is a competitive one, and often it can be a tough learning curve for students and fresh school graduates. This is a big reason why students in the UAE, aged 15 and above, seek internships and part-time opportunities to help develop their skills in the "real world".

It also allows teenagers to get a feel for work without being thrown into the deep end straight away. When taking up part-time jobs or internships for companies in the UAE, those aged 15 to 18 will first need a juveniles' work permit, otherwise it is considered illegal work.

To help younger expats out, we share our complete step-by-step guide on how to apply for work permits for 15-18 year olds in the UAE.

How to apply for work permits for students aged 15 and above

Expat and Emirati students who are between 15 to 18 years old are allowed to work if they have a valid juveniles' work permit. Those below 15 and above 18 are not eligible for the work permit.

Here's how to apply for a juveniles' work permit in the UAE:

1. Gather your documents.

You will need the following:

  1. A passport copy.
  2. UAE residence visa copy.
  3. Parents' or guardian's passport copy.
  4. Parents' or guardian's visa copy.
  5. Job contract copy.
  6. A passport-sized colour photograph of the applicant against a white background.
  7. Medical fitness certificate from a competent hospital, clinic, or health centre.
  8. A written consent from the student's parent or guardian that the teenager will be allowed to work.
How to apply for work permits for students aged 15 and above

2. Apply for a juvenile work permit.

Applications for a juvenile work permit can be made online through the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation website. For more information, click here.

Alternatively, you can apply in-person by visiting any Tas'heel centre across the UAE.

3. Pay the fees.

You can expect to pay AED 100 for the initial approval of the work permit.

You will also need to pay AED 500 for the initial approval of an electronic work permit.

4. Wait to receive your new work permit.

It takes an average of one working day to process your work permit application and receive a result.

The permit will be valid for a period not exceeding one year.

Where to find internship jobs or part time work for expat teenagers in the UAE

Internships and part-time work gives young adults the necessary skills to navigate a career path they're interested in, build experience, or earn some extra money.

You can find internships, part time jobs and graduate jobs for high school students through a variety of ways in the UAE:

  1. LinkedIn and other social media sites
  2. ExpatWoman's Job Vacancies
  3. Career boards on university, college, and company websites
  4. Student university fairs
  5. Job fairs in the UAE
  6. Word of mouth/networking

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Is there a minimum wage for part-time jobs or internships in the UAE?

It's worth noting that internships in the UAE can be unpaid or paid opportunities, and this depends on the employer. Presently, there is no minimum wage for internships or part time work.

There is also no mandatory minimum wage for expats in the country.