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Old 18th October 2011, 06:09 PM
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Hello,

This is my first post so please excuse if this question has been answered already...

I'm due to move over to Dubai on a company sponsored work visa, my partner currently has not found a job in Dubai however wants to travel with me (i will be in a hotel for the first month) to look for a job and ultimately stay out there with me.

Can you let me know which visa is best for her to obtain and whether you envisage there being any problems with her entering the country on the pretense of looking for work? i understand she can apply for a 90 day visa however will she need evidence of a return flight home or will a one way ticket suffice?

any help would be appreciated as neither of us have emigrated or worked abroad before.

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Old 18th October 2011, 06:19 PM
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Is she on UK passport? if yes, she has no problem and she does not need to apply for a visa before she comes - she will get 30 days visa on arrival, at the end of the 30 days she can pay to extend it once only for dhs.600 or she can do a visa run to Oman for another 30 day stamp. Oman is an 1.5 hour drive to the border and she will have to pay dhs.200 for Oman entry visa. She can do visa runs as many time as she likes. Some Brits have been here years doing visa runs.
Do not tell Immigration she is looking for work and do not tell them you will be living together.
Once she has found a job her employer will transfer her visit visa to a residency visa.

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The 30 day visa on arrival is free.

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I'm due to move over to Dubai on a company sponsored work visa, my partner currently has not found a job in Dubai however wants to travel with me (i will be in a hotel for the first month) to look for a job and ultimately stay out there with me.
Good luck with the big move, it's scary stuff isnt it?
I notice you say you are "in a hotel" for a month, that rings alarm bells for me.

There is a mandated probation period here (three months is the norm but 6 months is not unusual) So if you are expected to take up a rental lease after only a month and your employment is terminated for whatever reason (without reason within the probation period is legal!) you will be facing a substantial risk of imprisonment for bouncing the rent cheque unless you have the cash in the bank to back it up.

I personally have grave doubts about any banks ability to process a new bank account and produce a cheque book within a month actually

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Good luck with the big move, it's scary stuff isnt it?
I notice you say you are "in a hotel" for a month, that rings alarm bells for me.

There is a mandated probation period here (three months is the norm but 6 months is not unusual) So if you are expected to take up a rental lease after only a month and your employment is terminated for whatever reason (without reason within the probation period is legal!) you will be facing a substantial risk of imprisonment for bouncing the rent cheque unless you have the cash in the bank to back it up.

I personally have grave doubts about any banks ability to process a new bank account and produce a cheque book within a month actually

Yes I suppose it is an issue taking on a new job which has a probation period and at the same time signing a 12 month lease. The fact is that's reality for most newbies and most of us were forced to do just that. Ultimately if you lose your job and have given post dated checks which you can no longer honor then you're going to flee the country as so many did and no doubt still do.

Only way around this is to take a hotel apartment for the first few months (usually $$$) or take a room in someone else's apartment/villa.
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