New UAE work permit fees comes into effect from Monday

By Eudore R. Chand

New classification of establishments implemented

ABU DHABI 4 December 2017: The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation will begin carrying out from today (Monday), a new system for classification of businesses into three categories, based upon skill levels, focusing on whether skilled workers or limited skills workers are employed.

This is in implementation of the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers on the classification of establishments, subject to the law on regulating labour relations and banking safeguards, said Wam.

The ministry will also apply new fees on work permits.

The fee will depend on the skill level of workers and whether the worker will be inside or outside the nation, as well as the establishment category in the classification system.

This will take into account fee exemptions for establishments employing GCC nationals. Fishing boat businesses are also exempt from paying work permit fees in implementation of the latest resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers on service fees and administrative fines in the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The ministry should provide services of information and evaluation to establishments through an institutional partnership with the private sector. These services will be presented by four companies on behalf of the ministry, while under its supervision, and in accordance with the standards set by the UAE Government Excellence Programme.