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How to Apply for a Freelancer Visa in Dubai, Requirements, Cost & Other Details

GREEN RESIDENCE FOR FREELANCING AND SELF-EMPLOYMENT

The Green Residence for freelancers and self-employed individuals is a 5-year residency visa. You can apply for this visa without being employed at a company or a sponsor.

You need to match the following requirements to be eligible.

Attain self-employment or freelance permit from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
Education level: Minimum bachelor’s degree or specialised diploma.
A minimum annual income of AED 360,000 via self-employment over the past two years, or the applicant has to prove financial solvency through their stay. 

BENEFITS OF HAVING A FREELANCE VISA IN DUBAI

There are several benefits of having a freelance permit and visa in Dubai.

First, it gives you the flexibility to work for multiple companies. If you plan to work in any of the sectors mentioned above and don’t want a 9-to-5 job, becoming a freelancer in Dubai could be your best career move.

Second, the affordability of having a freelance visa in Dubai means you can offer your services at much lower prices. With the GoFreelance package, the setup costs are much lower, and no office space is required, allowing more freelancers to enter the market.

Third, having a freelance visa and permit in Dubai means you can work as an independent contractor for companies across the UAE and have access to the free zone’s business centre.

Fourth, with the freelance visa in Dubai, you can also sponsor family members to come and live with you. For further details, check out the guide about family sponsorship in the UAE. However, remember that you cannot sponsor employees with your freelance permit and visa.

Last, you can find numerous jobs and assignments to kick start your freelance career via the official marketplace website. You can connect with companies and individuals looking for freelancers with specific skill sets.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A FREELANCER PERMIT AND VISA IN DUBAI

Applying for the GoFreelance permit and freelance visa in Dubai is now a simple process that requires only a few steps. A free zone in Dubai issues a freelance permit.

To get freelance visas in Dubai, you will initially need to apply for a freelance permit or licence to be registered as a freelancer in the emirate.

  1. APPLY ONLINE FOR THE PERMIT

You can apply for a freelance permit in the UAE through the GoFreelance website. Select the option Go Apply, fill out the application form, and submit the required documents.
DOCUMENTS FOR FREELANCER PERMIT IN DUBAI

Documents needed to apply for the freelance permit in Dubai include:

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

Please note that if you are applying to the education sector, you must submit proof of academic qualifications certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the UAE Consulate in your country of origin. Likewise, if you are applying in the media sector, you must submit a portfolio or sample of your work. 

If you are applying in the education or tech sector, you can only choose one activity when applying for a permit.

NO OBJECTION LETTER FROM SPONSOR/ EMPLOYER

If you are on your spouse’s or parent’s visa, you will need a No-Objection Certificate from them before applying for the permit. Likewise, if you are employed full-time in Dubai, and your company sponsors your visa, you will need a NOC from your employer. Remember that you don’t require the NOC to renew your Dubai freelance work permit. 

2. FOLLOW UP ON THE APPLICATION

After you have submitted your application online, you will be notified by email when it has been approved, which can take up to 10-15 days. After this, you must visit the business centre in Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai Media City or Dubai Internet City, where you must sign the documents and pay the fees personally. Afterwards, you will receive your freelance permit in Dubai via email.

3. APPLY FOR THE FREELANCE VISA IN DUBAI

Once you have received your freelance permit, you will also receive access to TECOM’s business service platform, AXS, launched in partnership with the Dubai Development Authority (DDA), which allows you to avail many government or corporate services. Through this platform, you can first apply for the establishment card, which will bear an additional cost. After receiving your establishment card, you can apply for a freelance employment visa under the Dubai Development Authority (DDA).

4. COMPLETE THE RESIDENCY VISA PROCEDURES

Once you submit your freelance visa application in Dubai, you will receive an entry permit within five to seven working days. You will receive the entry permit (valid for 60 days from the date of issue). As the next step, you must complete certain residency visa procedures in Dubai, such as your medical test. When these procedures are complete, your residency visa will be stamped that remains valid for three years from the date of issue. 

FREELANCE VISAS IN DUBAI COST

There are separate costs involved when applying for freelance visas in Dubai.

  • Freelance permit (valid for 1 year): AED 7,500
  • Establishment card (valid for 1 year): AED 2,000
  • Employment visa (valid for 3 years): AED 2,750
  • Employment visa (valid for 5 years): AED 5,000

If you are applying for a residence visa in Dubai (valid for three years) outside the UAE, the costs are:

  • AED 3,330 (Normal)
  • AED 3,900 (Express)

For those applying from within the UAE, the costs are:

  • AED 4,960 (Normal)
  • AED 6,340 (Express)

Please note that the above freelance employment visa costs include medical test charges, visa stamping charges and the Emirates ID fee.

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