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Can I arrive UAE a couple of weeks before the job start date? Is it allowed?

If so, Do you recommend or see an advantage in doing so- in terms of settling in with family etc with that buffer? I understand this depends on country by country so curious to know your thoughts for UAE

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Speak to HR about this. Not sure if they’re putting you up or anything. But when HR/ whoever onboards you applies for your work visa, they have to tell the govt if they’re applying for one with you in or out of the UAE. until the process is finished (work permit and residency) you either need to stay in, or out, depending on what they initially applied for

I went through this and didn’t want to be jetlagged at the start of work so I came at the beginning of the visa process.

Hmm. I thought entry visa and residency permit are two different things. What I meant was applying for entry permit while outside but just arrive a week or two before. Not sure if anyone had done it

Actually you probably need to come earlier to have time for medical checkup and issuing Emirates ID and residency and all that.
HR/onboarding people should be able to advise on this

I don’t think you can apply for entry permit outside and then come in to the UAE before it’s issued… You can apply for the work permit and everything from within the UAE. But best to speak to your firm for these answers.

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