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UAE Freelance Visa, Now You Can Apply Online


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UAE Freelance Visa, Now You Can Apply Online 

The scope and opportunities in the field of freelancing have expanded dramatically in recent years, as businesses recognize the value of a more accessible, flexible, and qualified source of talent. The United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of the leading investment hubs in the world, has recently reformed its visa system, and one of these is the "Freelance Visa or Self-Employed visa". Anyone who meets the requirements set by the UAE government can now apply online for this visa.

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The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) has released an important announcement that will greatly benefit those seeking a virtual work residence visa in the UAE.

In a statement from the authority (ICP), individuals interested in obtaining a freelance visa will no longer be required to be physically present in the UAE at the time of their application.

This new change provides greater flexibility for those who wish to work remotely from the UAE because interested candidates can process their application from anywhere via the Internet to obtain the entry permit. The validity period for a virtual work residence visa is one year and can be renewed under the terms and conditions of the visa.

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Individuals can apply for a visa using the ICP's website or the smart application (UAEICP). However, once the visa has been granted, the applicant must enter the UAE within 60 days to complete the procedures for their residence visa. The entry permit will expire if the applicant does not enter the country (UAE) within this time period.

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Applicants must have a passport with a minimum validity of six months in order to be eligible for the virtual work residence visa.

  • A recent photo of the applicant.
  • A monthly salary or earnings of $3,500 or its equivalent in another currency is required.
  • The applicant must also provide a previous month's salary slip as well as three months' bank statements.
  • The applicant is required to provide employment proof with a contract of one year from the employer.
  • A health insurance policy covering their stay in the UAE.

How will you get the entry permit?

Hardcopy is not required, and the entry permit will be delivered to the applicant's registered email.

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Fees for an Entry Permit

The fee for an entry permit is AED 350 per person. If an applicant fails to meet the requirements, their application will be automatically rejected.

If your application is returned for the same reason three times, It will be automatically declined. If the ICP declines the request, the fee and financial guarantees are refunded.

Important Note:

The above mentioned fee is for the entry permit only and once you enter the UAE there will be other charges as well e.g. Residence, Health Insurance, Freelance Permit, Emirates ID, etc...

Charges also vary depending on which emirates/location you select; for a rough estimate, all of these charges may rise up to AED 11,600.

To learn more about and apply please visit the ICP or GDRF websites.

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