Our Immigration team provides transactional and advisory support to businesses that are setting up or expanding in the region, and have a need to hire, retain and manage an expatriate workforce. Our centre of excellence in Dubai coordinates support throughout the Middle East and parts of North Africa, which allows us to quickly mobilise our industry specialists, whenever and wherever needed.
Organisations must have the right policies and processes in place to ensure they are compliant with Immigration laws in the Middle East. Increased enforcement by the immigration and labour authorities, coupled with stringent penalties and fines, has made it more important than ever for organisations to be compliant with applicable regulations. Where instances of non-compliance are uncovered, Governments have the power to issue bans on companies being able to hire expatriates, which can be damaging for business operations.
We provide bespoke immigration solutions designed to work in line with your core business and to ensure compliance with regional laws. We have assisted clients across different industries, to solve compliance issues from visitors working without the correct work authorisation to not following proper hiring procedures. Our ‘Health-Check’ service is also robust and helps companies to put the right processes and policy documents in place.
In addition, our Immigration offering alongside our employment law capability means that we can deliver strategic, multi-territory legal advice across the full lifecycle of an organisation from start-up through to restructuring. We provide a seamless end-to-end service in processing work visas and residence applications for expatriates from across the globe.
Our wide range of immigration services include:
Providing strategic immigration advice on a range of matters, from hiring expatriates into the region to operational effectiveness reviews within your organisation
Immigration audits/health checks designed to facilitate compliance with regional policies, seeing how the importance of compliance is increasing in the GCC as regulations continuously evolve
Supporting with obtaining work authorisation and residence – including intra-company transfers, local hires, as well as their families
Supporting with formal de-registrations of employees – to avoid any recurring liabilities stemming from overstays or payroll obligations
Providing solutions to short-term business engagements – including sponsorship support for key business hubs in the region
Assisting with corporate registrations and corporate immigration documentation
Document legalisation and consular support – including assistance with outbound consular visa applications
Immigration support on a range of business/company changes and changes to laws & regulations across the GCC
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