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As the world economy and its labor markets become increasingly globalized, attorneys are indispensable to facilitate the movement of labor and skills across international borders in a legal, efficient and systematic manner. Advance planning for immigration requirements and visa compliance in foreign countries is crucial before any business can relocate its international workers. TN Global, LLC assists individuals as well as American and foreign businesses with the relocation of employees to important labor markets overseas, primarily in the Middle East and North Africa. Our firm provides services in immigration and relocation to Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates. Some of the most globally competitive markets for international business immigrants are in these countries. TN Global, LLC provides legal expertise in securing employment visas, work permits, and labor cards, as well as in navigating through the bureaucratic procedures of the principal government offices. We also handle matters involving employment sponsorship, employment transfer, and permanent residence in these destination countries. Our firm works directly with established attorneys within these countries to ensure that our clients attain their business objectives.

The following is a brief description of the immigration requirements within a few of those key market countries. For further information, please contact our office.

United Arab Emirates
In order to reside or work in the UAE, a foreign national must have an employment visa and labor card. Foreign employees of international companies must be sponsored by and employed by a local UAE employer, such as the UAE branch office of the international company or its affiliate. Factors such as age, nationality and occupation can affect the period of time in which to acquire the employment visa. As in some other Gulf Cooperation Council countries, a foreign employee’s residency status is directly tied to his or her employment status, in order for the federation to control the mostly expatriate work force. Employment visas are generally valid for three years, however, it becomes invalid if the holder of the visa remains outside the UAE for at least six consecutive months.

Kuwait
In order for an expatriate to work in Kuwait , a Kuwaiti employer must provide sponsorship in order for an employment visa and a labor card (“Civil ID”) to be issued. Foreign employees of international companies must be sponsored by and employed by a local Kuwaiti employer. Kuwaiti laws and regulations control the mostly foreign labor force by directly tying a foreign employee’s residency status to his or her employment status. The procedures of employment sponsorship are governed by complicated internal and public regulations that change frequently.

Saudi Arabia
In order to obtain an employment visa to work in Saudi Arabia , a foreign national must first be sponsored by a Saudi Arabian employer. This employer must file a request with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs for the employment visa, which, upon approval, is forwarded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and then to the appropriate Saudi Arabian consulate abroad. After the foreign employee obtains the visa and enters the country, the employer can then apply for a residence permit (iqama) on the employee’s behalf.

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TN Global, LLC
Global Immigration Services

New York Office
299 Broadway, Suite 1700
New York, NY 10007
Tel: 212.619.8119
Fax: 212.619.0652

Abu Dhabi Office
Hamdan Street
P.O. Box 45470
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Tel: +971 2 6769711
Fax: +971 2 6769722


 
 

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