UAE “Work Bundle” Initiative to Streamline Applications

The UAE government has launched the “Work Bundle” initiative to facilitate employee residency procedures and work permits in private sector companies. The initiative will initially be implemented in Dubai and then gradually expanded to include other emirates.

The “Work Bundle” offers a single platform to complete employment services including renewal, cancellation, medical examination, and fingerprinting.

How the Work Bundle Works
  • The “Work Bundle” provides one platform in place of five and reduces procedures from eight services to a unified single platform.
  • The required steps are reduced from 15 steps requiring 16 documents to five steps and five documents.
  • The number of visits is reduced from seven to only two, which in turn affects the time taken to complete the procedure, which is reduced from 30 working days to five working days.
The Background on the Work Bundle

The project is a result of close cooperation between federal and local government entities, including the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security, the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai, and Dubai Health. It is supported by the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism and by Digital Dubai, which provides the digital infrastructure and services to allow seamless data exchange between the relevant entities.

Erickson Insights and Analysis

More information about the UAE Work Bundle is available here. Erickson Immigration Group will continue to monitor developments and share updates as more news is available. Please contact your employer or EIG attorney if you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions.