Looking for a UAE Visa as a freelancer? The UAE’s Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security (ICP) has introduced a new virtual work residence visa, making it easier for individuals to work remotely from the UAE. This visa allows freelancers to legally work and reside in the UAE while providing their services to clients globally.
To apply for the virtual work residence visa, freelancers are no longer required to be physically present in the UAE. They can easily apply online using the ICP’s website or smart application (UAEICP). This new change allows freelancers to complete the application process from their current location.
The virtual work residence visa is only available for certain professions, including media, technology, and creative industries. Additionally, freelancers who wish to bring their families to the UAE can apply for family residence visas after obtaining the virtual work residence visa.
The visa is only valid for one year (365 days) and can be renewed further under the revised terms and conditions of the visa by the UAE Government. The virtual working program costs AED350 per person, and upon approval, applicants will receive an entry permit along with all relevant details via email.
In order to qualify for the virtual work residence visa, applicants need to possess a passport that is valid for at least six months, a recent photograph, and a valid health insurance policy. Freelancers must also provide a bank statement showing an earning of a minimum of Dh360,000 for the last two years or the equivalent amount earned in any other currency. Additionally, applicants are required to submit a salary slip from the previous month as well as three months’ worth of bank statements. The financial documents provided by the applicant must be attested by a UAE embassy or consulate in their home country.
If the applicant fails to meet the eligibility criteria, the application will be rejected automatically after 30 days. However, it is worth noting that the fee and financial guarantees will be refunded in case the ICP declines the request, even if the application is returned three times for the same reason.
After the virtual work residence visa is approved, the applicant must enter the UAE within 60 days to complete the residence visa application process. In case of failure to enter UAE within the permitted timeframe, the permit will become invalid. It’s important to note that there is a fee for the residence visa application process once the applicant enters the UAE.
To sum up, the virtual work residence visa is a great opportunity for freelancers who want to work remotely and live in the UAE. This visa provides a lot of flexibility and convenience, and freelancers who meet the necessary requirements and have the right documentation can easily apply and obtain this visa.