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Documents required to start work in the UAE

Understanding the documents required to work in the UAE

Working and starting a new life in the UAE offers many opportunities and can be very rewarding, however, before you can start work there is a lot of paperwork needed.

Employers typically manage the process for a labour card and residency visa; however, you will need to provide certain documents which can take time and effort so follow our checklist to ensure that you have the necessary paperwork ready in plenty of time.

  • CV – complete with recent photo, date of birth, marital status, nationality and notice period
  • Photographs – have plenty of passport sized photos on a white background (12-15) ideally in two different outfits as well a jpeg copy
  • Valid passport – passports must be valid for a remaining 6 months (some visas require 8 months)
  • Certificate of Good Conduct – this new requirement for a certificate of good conduct (a criminal record check) from the country/countries lived or worked in for the last 5 years. It is best applied for in the home/actual  country, however, some countries allow you to apply online
    • UAE - www.dubaipolice.gov.ae
    • UK - www.acro.police.uk/Police_Certificates_Online.aspx,
    • Australia - https://auspost.com.au/police-checks 
    • India http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/online/pccOnlineApp
  • Degree/Education certificate – all employers need qualifications attested in order to avoid any fraudulent activities. This can take some time and can be costly, it should be started in the country of education, the following steps should be taken:
    • Verify documents at the Ministry or Department of Foreign Affairs in country of education  - take original and copy to be verified and stamped
    • Take the document and copy to the UAE embassy or consulate in that country  - they will attest the documents
    • Submit documents to Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the UAE

There are agencies in the UAE who can help you get documents attested if you are unable to do so yourself – however, this will cost more.


Remember, preparation and patience is very important when applying for official documents in the UAE, allow yourself plenty of time and be prepared. Please speak to your Inspire Selection consultant if you have any questions.

*Please note that further documents and processes may be required throughout the recruitment process

Posted on Sunday Feb 11