UAE cuts work permit fees by up to 94%

Resolution aimed at attracting investors and encouraging Emirati nationals into private sector
UAE cuts work permit fees by up to 94%
The reduction in fees is to attract investors and support entrepreneurs and business owners, while also trying to encourage Emirati nationals to find work in the private sector.
By Gavin Gibbon
Thu 11 Jul 2019 09:58 AM

The UAE has cut fees for work permits by up to 94 percent.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has moved to reduce fees for 145 services, including 17 which have been slashed by between 50 percent and 94 percent.

Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said the reduction in fees is to attract investors and support entrepreneurs and business owners, while also trying to encourage Emirati nationals to find work in the private sector.

According to a report on Emirates News Agency (WAM), the ministry will continue to exempt companies from paying the work permit fee to employ an Emirati worker or a GCC national, as well as exempt fishing boat facilities from work permit fees.

The resolution intimates that the fee for applying for a work permit for residing in the country through their parents’ residency for certain companies will be reduced from AED200 to AED100.

It also sets a fee of AED300 for applying for two-year work permits for those in the country through their parents’ residency to work for various types of companies, whether they are skilled or unskilled.

The decree also reduced the annual license fee for employment agencies, which were reduced by 50 per cent.

The charges will be implemented through the MOHRE service centres, Tas’heel, Tad-beer, Twa-foq and Tawjeeh centres, along with the Taqyeem service.

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