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Hello everyone,

I'm Todd. New to this forum and a soon to be arriving expat in Dubai. I'm a commercial food photographer and after having spent the last 14 years living in Singapore, I'm excited for the change and opportunities that Dubai will bring.

Aiming to be out here by September and looking forward to meeting up, making friends and networking possibly with some of you.

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Hi, my name is Jacqui and I will be coming out to Dubai from the UK in February with my husband. I have always worked as a PA to a forensic psychiatrist and this will be the first time I won't be working and hence we are hoping to settle at the Marina so I can get out and about when my husband is working. I just hope I'm not too lonely. We will be staying in an apartment within a hotel until our permits etc are sorted and we find a nice apartment. I would like to bring my cat but as I will be travelling home regularly, I won't have anyone to look after him 😔 Anyway, we are really looking forward to the move, and will keep looking on the forum for any tips

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Hi!

Having lived here since August, I will say that at the beginning, it's ...( I put it anyway) WEIRD..lol, but you soon get used to the weird.

Feeling lonely for me was a bit of an issue at first but there is a lot to do here. SHOPPING for one... wow...you could just spend the first couple of months exploring different malls, hypermarkets and megamarkets.

Near everything is remarkably inexpensive ( compared to Australia at least).

I am not sure how long your Emirates residency ID's will take. My husbands took until October so mandatory border runs. If you need to do border runs, I suggest the best border cross is RAK. They are friendly, and efficient there and all you need to do is basically DONE within the hour there. It's also an interesting drive to there and the ocean at the crossing through to Oman, is beautiful.

Just know on many levels being in pre residency state is like being "on hold" The mobile phone facilities for visitors leave a lot to be desired.

If there is anything I can possibly help you with regarding your big move, please don't hesitate to send a PM my way.
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Hi!

Having lived here since August, I will say that at the beginning, it's ...( I put it anyway) WEIRD..lol, but you soon get used to the weird.

Feeling lonely for me was a bit of an issue at first but there is a lot to do here. SHOPPING for one... wow...you could just spend the first couple of months exploring different malls, hypermarkets and megamarkets.

Near everything is remarkably inexpensive ( compared to Australia at least).

I am not sure how long your Emirates residency ID's will take. My husbands took until October so mandatory border runs. If you need to do border runs, I suggest the best border cross is RAK. They are friendly, and efficient there and all you need to do is basically DONE within the hour there. It's also an interesting drive to there and the ocean at the crossing through to Oman, is beautiful.

Just know on many levels being in pre residency state is like being "on hold" The mobile phone facilities for visitors leave a lot to be desired.

If there is anything I can possibly help you with regarding your big move, please don't hesitate to send a PM my way.
Hi,
Most visas are processed within the first month - so border runs are rare for newcomers.
The majority of expats that do border runs are those who are staying here looking for a job for a few months - rather than people who have a job.
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Most visas are processed within the first month - so border runs are rare for newcomers.
The majority of expats that do border runs are those who are staying here looking for a job for a few months - rather than people who have a job.
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"Most" is debatable and I am just giving the other person a worst case scenario. Some teachers who started when my husband did are still awaiting their Emirates ID and we are nudging December.

My husband has been teaching since school commenced back after Summer here and he was already employed by AIS before we departed Australia. and his Residency took until October 28th. Perhaps it's different with teachers as there is an influx in August and also January hence perhaps backlog in this situation. I know now withthose also commencing when he did, are still on the back burner.

Mine ( as he has to be my sponsor) has not even commenced yet and I will not be doing it now until after the Xmas break here, so I will have to do yet another border run.

I am self employed and run my business internationally so it's not like I am looking for work either. I just appreciate it's part of the process.

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"Most" is debatable and I am just giving the other person a worst case scenario. Some teachers who started when my husband did are still awaiting their Emirates ID and we are nudging December.

My husband has been teaching since school commenced back after Summer here and he was already employed by AIS before we departed Australia. and his Residency took until October 28th. Perhaps it's different with teachers as there is an influx in August and also January hence perhaps backlog in this situation. I know now withthose also commencing when he did, are still on the back burner.

Mine ( as he has to be my sponsor) has not even commenced yet and I will not be doing it now until after the Xmas break here, so I will have to do yet another border run.

I am self employed and run my business internationally so it's not like I am looking for work either. I just appreciate it's part of the process.

Cheers back.

Tracey
Hi,
Thatís because employers often break the law - they hold back processing the visa to save money, in case the person does not like the job or they sack them during the probation period.
Strictly speaking - you are not supposed to work until the employment visa process has at least been started.
Once started - it takes as little as a few days (VIP service) - to just a few weeks - never 3 months!
Donít forget - no employment visa - no local health insurance cover!
Cheers
Steve

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Thatís because employers often break the law - they hold back processing the visa to save money, in case the person does not like the job or they sack them during the probation period.
Strictly speaking - you are not supposed to work until the employment visa process has at least been started.
Once started - it takes as little as a few days (VIP service) - to just a few weeks - never 3 months!
Donít forget - no employment visa - no local health insurance cover!
Cheers
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Again I was just letting a newbie heading to the UAE the worst case scenario and that being border runs.

Like it or not, people should be prepared for the "what if's" in the UAE... and what I have come to fondly know with the phrase "inshallah" attached.

I don't know if you're accusing AIS or any other school of any foul play but I certainly just see it as how things worked in OUR given scenario rather than assuming they are attempting to dodge the system in some way.

He had his employment Visa BTW, just not his full Emirates ID. You should know the difference.

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Again I was just letting a newbie heading to the UAE the worst case scenario and that being border runs.

Like it or not, people should be prepared for the "what if's" in the UAE... and what I have come to fondly know with the phrase "inshallah" attached.

I don't know if you're accusing AIS or any other school of any foul play but I certainly just see it as how things worked in OUR given scenario rather than assuming they are attempting to dodge the system in some way.

He had his employment Visa BTW, just not his full Emirates ID. You should know the difference.
Hi,
The employment visa that I am referring to is the pink one stuck in the passport.
Once you have this - you can legally work in the UAE and get your local health insurance - and you don’t need to do visitor visa border runs.
This is separate from the Emirates ID - the credit card sized photo ID that goes in your purse/wallet.
Normally - both of these are applied for within a few days of arrival in the country on an Employment entry visa.
Technically - the employee is responsible for payment of the Emirates ID card (although many companies actually pay for this, on behalf of the employee).
The company is responsible for payment of the employment visa costs and many also pay for the spouse and kids visas - dependent on the contract.
It’s not legal for an employee to do visitor visa runs whilst they are working for a company.
I have no idea or interest in who you or your husband work for - I am merely pointing out how the visa process should work (and does work for the vast majority of expats)
Cheers
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Then maybe you should alert all the Schools and Uni's based in Sharjah about this "illegal" activity as they ( and me too) have all had to do it. Not just the school my husband teaches at either but those right across the board in Industrial area 17. ( where near all the colleges and schools are).

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Then maybe you should alert all the Schools and Uni's based in Sharjah about this "illegal" activity as they ( and me too) have all had to do it. Not just the school my husband teaches at either but those right across the board in Industrial area 17. ( where near all the colleges and schools are).
https://www.khaleejtimes.com/legal-v...isa-is-illegal

Working while on a Tourist/Visit Visa is Illegal | Dubai OFW

https://www.thenational.ae/business/...-visa-1.223361


https://uaelabours.blogspot.ae/2016/...visa-2016.html

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