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Getting a job is a good thing in Dubai but to actually settle down in Dubai these things are required;
- Labor Card
- Emirates ID Card
- Iqama/Visa pasted on Passport
Labor Card doesn’t apply for house wife/spouse visa but Emirates ID card and Aqama needs to be obtained to have legal status in Dubai. I started regular job routine after getting hired which I mentioned in my previous post How I got a Job in Dubai. When my company started to process my documents I came to know that I need to exit Dubai once and re-enter Dubai on work visa. Although my employer was very kind and I trusted him but soon doubts started encircling me. I started thinking what If i go back home and company never send me the visa. What if something gets wrong this time and many other fears which made me kind of sick.
Let me tell you some common practices which are feared a lot. Companies hire candidates on tourist visas, get them working for them and when their tourist visa limit expires they pay for either extension or ask them to go home and they will send him work visa via Email. If candidate was up to the mark and was highly appreciated then his visa is sent to him via Email and is submitted to the Airport at D-nata counter. Employee fly to Dubai using that photocopy and than collects his visa from Airport before passport / Immigration control. What is feared is if the employee is not considered worthy he is never sent a visa and his time in Dubai with that company is wasted either he is get paid or not.
Luckily I had a good employer, I got my visa , I flew back to Dubai from Pakistan on company sponsored Emirates Airlines return ticket. My colleague submitted my visa on airport which I collected on arrival and all things went well. When you come back on employment visa than the rest of documentation start. The Work Permit which is mostly a pinkish red color printout of a permit only allows you to fly in to Dubai as a worker after that you have to get original visa pasted on your passport which is called Aqama in Arabic.
To get Aqama, Labor Card and Emirates ID Card, you need to follow these steps;
Typing of Documents
Typing of Documents is actually getting a serial number online for Medical and Emirates ID Card Application which is printed on the form. Secondly to get the documents translated into Govt. set format and in Arabic Language
At Govt allotted health centers, you need to appear for blood test and X-Ray. Once your tests are done the results are sent to the address you have mentioned on the application.
Medical tests required for Dubai Visa
Currently Following Checkups are done at Medical Centers of UAE for Residency Visa;
Hepatitis C is no more tested and there are relaxations for Hepatitis B cases as well in new UAE immigration policies due to need of huge amount of professionals for Expo 2020.
Positive candidates of above mentioned cases are rejected and sometimes deported based on severity of the case
Emirates ID centers are mostly adjacent to health centers, once you have completed your medical procedure, you go to Emirates ID center and give scans of your palms, fingers, thumbs and eyes. Emirates ID is also later sent to the Address you mention on the application form.
There are three known medical health centers in Dubai.
- Muhaisna [Sonapur] Health Center. Dubai Hospital
- Satwa Health Center
- Al-Qouz Health Center
Majority of new appliers are sent to Sonapur Labor Camp health center. To get Sonapur Health Center, you can either take taxi which will charge around AED 100 from Central Dubai like Bur Dubai and Deira and around AED 120 from Western Dubai like Albarsha or Jabel Ali areas. If you are in Albarsha, the nearest health center is in Al qouz. The other way and the cheap way to get to health center is via bus. Routes 13, 17 and 13B goes to sonapur health center. If you are coming from Central Dubai like Bur Dubai Deira or Karama, you can take these buses from Al-Qusais Metro station on green line or Dubai Airport Free Zone Metro Station on Green line.
The Medical Process
Once you have reached Medical Center, first thing which you will feel to have entered in some super duper crowded place like a market at bay. Actually its in Labor Camp So folks living around are all labor, not very rich and not at all a good life style. They live in sharing like 10 to 12 guys in a single room of dimension 12 x 10 ft. Anyway on the gate of Health center you meet the security guard who guides you to the information office or the central half. The first thing you need to do is to get a Zajel form. Zajel is a courier service which will deliver your Medical report and Emirates ID card on the address you will mention on Zajel form.
Second thing is to get a token for medical processing. Once you have got the token you will sit in the waiting area and will wait for your number to be called. Once you are called you will go for blood test. Once your blood is taken, you will be referred to X-Ray area. Once you are done with X-Ray you are free to go to Emirates ID Card Center.
Charges of Medical and Emirates ID Card typing and file preparation are AED 560 for both. The health form in your hand will state that you have paid a fees of AED 240 that is for normal and AED 500 for urgent. The normal medical report mostly comes in a week, the urgent comes in 24 hrs. Once you have received your medical report you again go for visa typing and submit your passport for Aqama which takes no more than two days.