If you are on a visit visa and currently working as an employee instead of exploring the UAE, you may find yourself in a great deal of trouble.
There is no denying that UAE is an enticing working destination for people from across the globe. Both young and old aspirants land in UAE on a visit visa, however, are instantly on the hunt for opportunities whilst still retaining a visit visa.
Once you have secured a job, your foremost aim must be for your employer to convert your visit visa to an employment visa, prior to you joining their organization as a full-time employee.
It is illegal to work in the UAE while still on visit visa and may result in financial penalties as well as harsh implications if you are caught.
Any company that is caught employing staff illegally, will face a fine of AED 50,000 per staff on their first offense and AED 100,000 per staff on their second offense. However, this fine does not only lie with the employer, you as the employee will also be fined and could even be banned from entering the UAE forever.
Though the law clearly states that individuals dwelling within the UAE on a visit visa are prohibited from working and that companies are prohibited from employing such people, the trend is rife that employees are being hired without the correct paperwork in place.
Jobseekers are being warned to not fall prey to the false promises or guarantees from some UAE organizations that are abusing an individual’s visit visa status for employment.
So, on the off chance that you are one of those either searching for a job whilst on visit visa, or are now working on a visit visa, it’s time to urge your employer to get your work permit as this will affect you and your future.