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How To Calculate The Cost Of Work Permits When Processing Visas in Abu Dhabi

6th November 2018

Calculating the cost of work permits is a crucial part of calculating the total cost of an expat employee`s visa in Abu Dhabi. Work Permits are now linked to a classification system, based upon a company’s number of employees, the level of their employee’s skills and the cultural diversity of its staff. Companies fall in to one of six (6) categories. UAE-based companies should be aware of these fees as it affects the costs of processing visas for their employees.

The cost of a work permit for each category is as follows:

Category 1: AED300 (skilled and low-skilled employees);

Category 2A: AED1,200 (low skilled) and AED500 (skilled);

Category 2B: AED2,200 (low skilled) and AED1,000 (skilled);

Category 2C: AED2,700 (low skilled) and AED1,500 (skilled);

Category 2D: AED3,200 (low skilled) and AED2,000 (skilled)

Category 3: AED5,000 (skilled and low-skilled employees).

Please check the table below to identify your company’s category:
Company Categories For Work Permits
Category 1 Youth support entities
Category 2A Organisations with over 10 employees and the cultural diversity is over 50% and over 40% of the employees are skilled
Category 2B Organisations with 1-3 employees or 4-10 employees and the cultural diversity is more than 50%

Organisations with over 10 employees and the cultural diversity is over 5% and 10-40% of the employees are skilled

Category 2C Organisations with over 10 employees and the cultural diversity is over 50% and 5-10% of the employees are skilled
Category 2D Organisations with 4- 10 employees and the cultural diversity is less than 50%

Organisations with over 10 employees and the cultural diversity is over 50% and less than 5% of the employees are skilled

Organisations with over 10 employees and the cultural diversity is less than 50%

Category 3 Companies violating the Labour Law more than 10 times

 

The more culturally diverse the business and the more skilled workers employed results in cheaper Work Permit Fees.

Abu Dhabi companies should also bear in mind that as they expand they will automatically move into a different category and the fees will change.

Written by Jenny Hunt, Founding Partner & CEO Gateway Group of Companies

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