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New to Abu Dhabi help...

Old Oct 14th 2013, 9:03 pm
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Hello,

I've been a long time lurker on this forum and obtained a lot of useful information which I greatly appreciate. My wife and I recently arrived in Abu Dhabi from London and we plan to be here for at least two years. She is teaching in a school in Al-Falah and they have put us up in Rihan Heights in Zayed Sport City.

My passport is expiring in May next year and I'm not sure what to do about renewing it. Is a valid visa on an out of date passport still valid? I don't want to have to go through the whole visa process again once I renew my passport. I have to do a border run every 30 days of so until I get my visa and it takes about 4 weeks to renew my passport if I send it back to the UK so I don't want to renew it now encase it doesn't get back to me on time.

Also, when is the best time to look for work? I've been applying left right and center and have heard nothing back. Would it be best if I wait for my wife to sponsor me before continuing with my search? I used to manage the photography department at Selfridges before I left so if anyone can recommend a good recruitment agency/website I should try I would appreciate it.

Thanks

-Zubair
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Old Oct 15th 2013, 7:23 am
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your visa does not run out just because your passport runs out, you will do what everyone else does, carries two passports around with them. it doesnt take 4 weeks to get a new passport, usually about 10 days... they just say that as a disclaimer. you now send your passport by courier to liverpool and usually they expedite overseas applications, as you dont want to be too long without a way of escape. you can apply for a new passport upto 9 months in advance of expiry date etc. i would say that you will struggle to find a job doing that, there are no big photography dept here only grand stores....
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