Freelancers can now apply for an online UAE visa.

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Are you a freelancer seeking a visa for the UAE? The announcement made by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security (ICP) in the UAE will be very helpful to those looking for virtual work residency visas. There will no longer be a requirement for freelancers who want to apply for the visa to be physically present in the UAE during the application process. Applying online is simple for them.

The application procedure can now be finished from the applicant’s current location for individuals who want to work remotely from the UAE. This visa (virtual work residency) is only good for a year (365 days), after which it may be extended under new terms and conditions established by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

People can utilise the ICP’s website or the smart application (UAEICP) to apply for visas. The applicant must enter the UAE within 60 days of the visa’s approval in order to finish the resident visa application process. The permission will be void if you don’t enter the UAE within the allotted window of time.

Only those applicants who have a passport with a minimum remaining validity of six months, a recent photo, and a current health insurance policy are eligible for the virtual work residence visa.

However, in order to qualify, the freelancer must present a bank statement demonstrating earnings of at least Dh360,000 over the previous two years, or the equivalent amount in another currency. A preceding month’s pay stub and three months’ worth of bank statements are also required of applicants.

After 30 days, if a candidate doesn’t satisfy the conditions, their application is automatically rejected online. The price and financial assurances are recoverable if the request is denied by the ICP and the application is returned three times for the same reason, it is vital to remember.

The fee for the virtual working program is AED350 per person. All applicants will receive the entry permit and all details in their email.

The new policy provides advantages for both employees and companies, as it allows individuals to be in control of the work they take up and companies to avoid the risks of retaining employees.

According to the minister, this would boost labour market productivity and elevate people’s status as valuable employees. By 2024, the introduction of the flexible work permit is predicted to result in up to 24,000 new job openings as companies hire and keep a more diversified staff.

By establishing a favourable legal environment, the UAE hopes to foster this trend and draw in a more diverse workforce and capital.

Applying for a UAE Freelance VISA is done here.

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