New UAE Labour Law: Visa will not be issued without employee’s consent on labour contract


UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation will not approve any request to obtain a new work permit without a worker’s consent to the job offer, Emirates24|7 has reported citing a senior official at the Ministry.

Besides this, the clauses in the work permit must match the clauses of the labour contract that the worker signs upon arrival to the country to obtain a work permit.

The new law, which came into force in January this year, includes three main rules governing labour contracts for workers from abroad, terminating contracts between the employers and workers and the issuance of a new work permit to a resident worker.

Contracts should have employee’s sign or thumbprints

Humaid bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs, noted that professionals and skilled workers must sign the contract while those applying for partially skilled or unskilled workers must have the employee’s thumbprint on the job offer letters.

  • Employers must provide the job offer and conditions containing a comprehensive description of rights and duties between both parties, he highlighted.

The Ministry, he said, has approved 11 languages in which job offers, labour contracts and other conditions may be printed, and that must be handed to workers aside from Arabic and English so that there are no contradictions.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced yesterday that it has issued more than 252,000 new work permits since the beginning of the current year.

Categories of employment classification

According to the employment classification adopted by the Ministry,

  • First category of employment includes specialised occupations, which require a high degree of scientific, technical, and executive skills and a university degree at a minimum.
  • Second category employment includes technical occupations that require the availability of “cognitive, scientific and technical” abilities; practical and supervisory skills with a 2-3 years degree from an institute post high-school.
  • The third category of employment requires practical and technical skills that cover the entire scope of the job, and a high-school degree.
  • The fourth category of employment includes occupations that require the availability of practical and technical skills that cover part of the job and in this category, individuals need to be prepared and trained for two years on average.
  • The fifth category of employment is considered a limited skills category, and includes occupations that require the availability of practical and technical skills related to a small part of the job and can be acquired during training in less than a year.

All these rules also apply to workers residing in the country. A signature/thumbprint on the job offer letter is required prior to obtaining a new work permit.


  1. I would like to now regarding salary increment. It can be done after 6 month when he joined or after 1 year. Because some of the company are not given after his contact finish.

  2. My employer sent e mail to put both thumb impression and signature is this ok? Also which thumb impression I have to put left or right hand ?

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