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Hello All!

This’ll be my first post, looking forward to using this forum. I’ve had a search around and seems to be a lot of helpful info here!

So I’m looking at getting myself the 90 day visit visa to move over and search for work in September this year. I’ll be 25 years old in September, I’m a British National born in the UK. I’ve around 4 experience in import and export within ocean freight for multinational companies. This is where I want to continue my career.

I’ve a few friends over in Dubai who can do the personal sponsor on my visa if and when required.

I know there is an option of the 30 day visit visa, but apparently I’ll have to either jump the border to Oman etc then travel back to Dubai to “reset and restart” my 30 day visa. I was thinking it’ll be easier just to get the 90 day visa approval whilst in the UK? Should save me time and money.

Any hints or tips from people with experience, both with the 90 day visa?

And my main question – am I right in saying an employer is much more whiling to interview / look into my application for roles if I am already in Dubai? Assume the work permit / residency card application will come if and when I find employment?
 

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I will let you search the forum for the other questions. But on the visa: the 90 day visa costs 1000+ Dhs. the 30 day visa on arrival is free. After 30 days, you get a grace period (10 days) and the visa run can be done through companies specialising in visa runs. So you will need to do two visa runs which can probably be done in less than 500 Dhs total but spending half a day (or more) twice.
 

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Yes, it certainly helps to be here in the country while looking for a job. However, you should keep in mind that the whole recruitment process here is very long. Even if you submit an application or start reaching out to people/recruiters, it will take ages for anything to materialize.

I would suggest that you start doing as much networking/applying/cold calling as you can BEFORE you get here. If you can get some meetings lined up, your time here will be much more productive.

Hope that helps!
 
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