It was previously illegal for students above the age of 18 on university sponsorship to take up work unless they transferred their sponsorship to their employer, added the official.
The decree, issued as part of the UAE Labour Law, says the new part-time work permit regulation went into effect this year and is aimed at protecting students' rights to stop employers exploiting them, a ministry official was quoted by Gulf News as saying.
The new part-time work permit decree was issued along with the teenage work permit that allows those aged between 15 to 18 to take up work within stringent guidelines.
Nevertheless, before the introduction of the permit some students on university and parental/guardian sponsorship still took up part-time work through temporary promotional jobs that paid cash.
Part-time work permit in the UAE presently applies to four categories of persons - resident workers in full-time employment holding a valid labour card, co-dependent sponsored residents i e housewives on their husband's sponsorship, residents aged 18 and above and government employees.