This guide explains everything that job-seekers need to know about the UAE Job Exploration visa, including fees, how to apply, who is eligible, and more
3 October 2022| Last updated on 28 November 2022
What is the UAE job exploration visa?
In the past, foreign job-seekers would have to travel to the UAE on a regular tourist visa to look for work in the emirates. Now, the UAE has released a visa especially for job-hunters, enabling them to come to the country to see what career options are available for them.
The Job Exploration Visa, which became available after October 3rd, 2022, was launched to attract more young talent and skilled professionals into the UAE.
Visa-holders can explore job opportunities without the need for a sponsor, including attending job interviews, meetings, and conduct other business opportunities such as setting up a company.
If you are looking for work in the UAE, here is everything you need to know about the Job Exploration Visa, including how to apply for it, what are the visa fees, eligibility criteria, and other questions you might have.
Who can apply for a UAE Job Exploration visa?
The eligibility criteria for a UAE Job Exploration visa is as follows. According to UAE officials, you are eligible if you are under any of these categories:
- Foreign nationals whose work is classified under the first, second, or third skill level by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). You must also have a completed bachelor's degree.
- Fresh graduates from top 500 global universities.
To view MoHRE's job skill level list, visit the official website HERE.
How long is the validity of a UAE Job Exploration Visa?
Compared to a regular UAE visit visa which has a one-month validity, a UAE Job Exploration visa has a validity starting from 60 days, according to the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP).
What are the fees for a UAE Job Exploration visa?
The fees for a UAE Job Exploration visa depends on the validity you pick, which starts from 60 days.
A 60-day validity Job Exploration visa will cost AED 1,495.
The 90-day option will AED 1,655.
A 120-day job hunting visa will cost AED 1,815.
All fees mentioned above include a AED 1,025 security deposit and insurance.
How to apply for a UAE Job Exploration Visa?
Where to apply for a UAE Job Exploration Visa?
You can apply for a new entry permit through the official ICP website, at customer care centres in the UAE, or via a typing centre.