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Legislative Framework Regarding Obtaining A Freelance Visa in The UAE

Legislative Framework
Regarding Obtaining
A Freelance UAE's Visa

  • The UAE Data Act, which acts as the first law at the federal level and was developed in partnership with major technology companies. Its purpose is to protect privacy by giving personal control over the storage and dissemination of all personal data with the ability to preserve the privacy of residents or institutions in the UAE
  • The "10x10" programme aims to increase UAE exports by 10% year-on-year in 10 global markets, including the United Kingdom, China, Italy, Russia, the Netherlands, Austria, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Indonesia and Poland
  • Launch of the investment portal invest.ae. The portal will contain information on the local investment environment and on the creation of bank and business accounts
  • Launch of the investment portal invest.ae. The portal will contain information on the local investment environment and on the creation of bank and business accounts
  • PyCon Summit. In 2022, the UAE will host the largest programming summit ever, aimed at bringing together the private and public programming sectors
  • The launch of the Green Visa, which will become available to highly qualified individuals, investors/entrepreneurs, and new students. This visa will allow them to work in the UAE without corporate sponsorship and to support their relatives and/or children under the age of 25 (from 18 to present). Residents will also receive a grace period of 90 to 180 days in the country after it is revoked upon retirement. Currently, that period is only 30 days

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What Is A Freelance Permit (License) and Visa?

What Is A Freelance
Permit (License) & Visa?

Who’s Eligible To Get A Freelance Permit and Visa?

Who’s Eligible To Get A
Freelance Permit & Visa?

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Dubai

  • Actor
  • Animator
  • Aerial Shoot Photographer
  • Audio/Sound Engineer
  • Artist
  • Brand Consultant
  • Cameraman
  • Commentators: Radio, Events, Sports
  • Choreographer
  • Composer
  • Television
  • Content Provider
  • Creative Director
  • Copywriter
  • Director: Music, Film, Television, Theatre
  • Critics: Music, Film, Theatre
  • Editor: Audio, Video
  • Editor: Publishing
  • Furniture Designer
  • Events Planner
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Lighting Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Market Analyst
  • Music Director
  • Media Planner
  • New Media Specialist
  • Musician
  • Photojournalist
  • Photographer
  • Presenter: TV, Radio
  • PR Specialist
  • Producer
  • Print Media Specialist
  • Scriptwriters
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Set and Exhibit Designer
  • Special Effects Producer
  • Social Media Influencer
  • Wardrobe Stylist
  • Translator
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Writer
  • Executive Coaching
  • Researcher
  • Education Advisor
  • eLearning Advisor
  • Trainer
  • Web, Mobile, Software Development and Architecture Freelancer
  • Data Science and Analytics Freelancer
  • IT and Telecommunication Networking Freelancer
  • Customer Service Freelancer
  • Concept Designer
  • Apparel Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fashion Artist
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Hair Stylist
  • Image Consultant
  • Interior Designer
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Personal Shopper
  • Object Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Wedding Planner
  • Visual Merchandiser

How to Get a Freelance Permit and Visa in The UAE?

How to Get a Freelance
UAE's Permit & Visa?

Getting The Freelance Permit (License)

  • Fill out an application form and submit your application through the GoFreelance website in order to join the freelance community. It is necessary to attach copies of your passport and visa (if you have one) in PDF format
  • Receive email approval. It may take 5-7 days
  • Visit the business center in Dubai Internet City, Dubai Knowledge Park or Dubai Media City and show your original passport and sign the required documents. Then complete the payment for your freelance license. It will cost AED 7,500 (USD 2,050) per annum
  • When a freelance permit is issued, you will receive authorization via email. The processing time is usually 10-15 working days

Documents for A Freelance License

  • Resume/CV
  • Recent photograph
  • Passport and visa copy (valid for at least 8 months)
  • Bank reference letter
  • NOC from your UAE sponsor

Getting The Establishment Card

The Establishment Card

Getting A Freelance Employment Visa

Completion of Residency Visa Process

  • Normal - AED 3,330 (USD 906)
  • Express - AED 3,900 (USD 1,062)
  • Normal - AED 4,960 (USD 1,350)
  • Express - AED 6,340 (USD 1,730)

Benefits of Having A Freelance Visa in The UAE

Benefits of Having A
Freelance UAE's Visa

Comparison of The UAE Freelance Visa with Others Countries from Antigua, Barbuda and The Republic of Malta

Comparison of UAE Freelance Visa with Others from Antigua, Barbuda and Malta

FAQ's

FAQ's

How Much Tax Will I Pay While Living & Working As A Freelancer in Dubai?

What Is The Minimum Financial Threshold for Obtaining A Freelance Permit and Visa in The UAE?

Does A Freelancer in The UAE Have to Provide Financial Reports at The End of The Year?

What Are The Most Popular Freelance Professions in The UAE?

  • Web development and design
  • E-learning and guest lecturing
  • Copywriting and guest blogging
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Mobile App Development
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Search Engine Marketing (SEM)
  • Branding
  • Computer-aided design and 3D modeling
  • Language Translation and Interpretation
  • Legal consultancy

Summary

Summary

  • UAE nationals, residents and non-residents can apply for freelance licenses in the country
  • Freelancers can work and cooperate with any company in the territory of the UAE
  • A freelance visa in the UAE is issued for 3 years with the possibility of extension
  • Holders of a freelance visa can sponsor their families, but not employees
  • Freelancers in the UAE can work in only certain sectors: media, education, tech and design
  • The process of obtaining a freelance visa in the country includes getting the freelance permit, the establishment card, the freelance employment visa and a residence visa
  • There is no legislated minimum income threshold in the UAE for obtaining a freelance visa. But in order to live here and feel as comfortable as possible, it is recommended to have an income of not less than AED 15,000 (USD 4,100) per month

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