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How to apply for the UAE’s new teen work permit

The UAE government has released details on how young people can apply for the new juvenile work permit.

Under a recent overhaul of visa regulations, those aged 15 to 18 can apply for a part-time permit, although they still need to continue with their education.

How much does it cost?

It costs employers Dh100 to apply for the electronic work permit, and Dh500 once it is approved. The process can be completed in a day.

There are three types of permit, and youths can be hired to work on projects either for up to six months, or for fewer hours over a year.

Who can work and where?

Both UAE citizens and residents can be hired, although teenagers must have a valid residence visa, and their parents must give permission for them to apply.

Teenagers are not allowed to work at night in industrial enterprises, and must not be hired to do hazardous or strenuous jobs under the UAE labour law.

Youths are also only allowed to work six hours a day, and they are entitled to one or more breaks totalling one hour a day. Working overtime or on holidays is prohibited.

How about younger teenagers?

Only teenagers aged 15 and over can apply for the juvenile work permit.

However pupils aged above 12 and below 18 can apply for work experience and summer work placements in the private sector, if they get a training permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

This free form can be found on the ministry’s website and in its Wajjehni app. Forms can also be found at Tas’heel service centres. Written consent of the pupils parent or guardian is required.

How can companies apply for the juvenile work permit?

Applications are being processed through the Tas’heel service centres, and the approval notice can be printed out by visiting the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation website.

The centres are open from Saturday to Thursday, from 8am to 8pm. For further inquiries call 800 60, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Required documents for the juvenile work permit

  1. Copy of teenager’s valid passport
  2. Copy of teenager’s valid residence visa
  3. Copy of parent or guardian’s valid passport
  4. Copy of valid residence visa for the parent or guardian
  5. Application form
  6. Copy of part-time contract
  7. Colour photograph with a white background of the teenager
  8. Valid certificate of fitness issued from competent health official
  9. Written consent from the teenager’s parent or guardian

Terms and conditions for the juvenile work permit

  • The teenager must have a valid residence visa stamped in their passport if they are a foreign national
  • The teenager’s relatives must also have a valid residence visa
  • Approval of the teenager’s parent or guardian must be obtained
  • The teenager must be medically fit
  • The teenager’s age must not be below 15 years and not exceed 18 years
  • The permit shall be valid for a period not exceeding one year
  • Work to be assigned to the applicant must not be among that mentioned in the ministerial decree No. 1189 of 2010 in accordance with the enclosure
  • The licence of the establishment submitting the application must be valid and free from any violations
  • The establishment must have an e-signature card at the ministry

Source: The National