Mission visa

Mission visa


A Mission Visa is a type of permit issued for professionals who would like to come to the UAE to work with a local company for a specific short-term project. An employee is considered as a probationary worker under these types of visas.

How long is a Mission Visa valid for?

Mission Visas are based on a single entry to the UAE only and have a validity of 90 days (3 months). This means that any worker on a Mission Visa cannot exit the country until the end of the visa, if they do leave before visa expiry, the visa will automatically be cancelled and if they wish to return, the Mission Visa must be applied for again.

Can I apply for a UAE Residence Visa once my Mission Visa has expired?

Whilst the applicant is under a Mission Visa in the UAE, it is not possible to apply for a residence visa for the applicant since the mission visa will need to be cancelled and this is only possible once the visa holder has exited the country.

What is the application process for a Mission Visa?

It is important to note that the applicant must be outside the country to apply for a Mission Visa and must exit the country as soon as it expires. A second mission visa can be applied for the employee once they have exited the country and their labour card has been cancelled.

The process of applying for a Mission Visa can take up to 4 weeks to complete from applying for Mission Visa quota to receiving Labour Card and being able to begin work in the UAE. 


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