UAE Remote Working Visa

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Applicants now have access to the Remote Working Visa scheme announced in March 2021. This UAE scheme allows foreigners to work remotely for their overseas employer for a maximum of one year from the United Arab Emirates, with the option to extend.

This one-year visa allows foreigners to visit the UAE under self-sponsorship and work under the visa's terms and conditions.

This program seeks to help the public and private sectors improve work-life balance, increase productivity, and improve the business environment. Employees can also improve their digital abilities and adapt to the new gig economy.

The move allows remote workers and their families to relocate yearly to one of the world's leading tourism and business destinations and enjoy a secure and high-quality lifestyle underpinned by a robust digital infrastructure that assures seamless connectivity.

The Virtual Work Residency Dubai

Dubai has established this new scheme allowing overseas remote working professionals to live in Dubai while serving their employers in their home country. Freelancers can now work and live legally in the UAE. According to updates on the official UAE government website, if your application to live in Dubai is accepted, you may bring your family. The program costs $287 per person, plus a processing fee and medical insurance with valid UAE coverage.

Key eligibility requirements

To apply for the program, you must have a valid passport with a minimum of six-month validity and good health insurance covering your stay in the UAE.

If you are an employee, you must:

  • Give proof of employment from your current employer, including a one-year contract;
  • Acquire a monthly salary of at least USD 3,500.
  • Provide the previous month's salary slip and bank statements for the last three months.

If you are the owner of a business, you must:

  • Provide proof of one year or longer ownership of the business.
  • Have a monthly salary of USD 5,000 on average
  • Provide previous three months submit bank statements

Cost

For the virtual working program, each individual must pay USD 287. Aside from the processing fee, you'll also need to pay the premium for the UAE-valid medical insurance. Providing a processing fee does not ensure approval.

Benefits

The virtual working program enables you to obtain all services, such as telecommunications, utilities, medical, and education. Additionally, residents of Dubai enjoy a robust and seamless digital infrastructure, the opportunity to network globally, and the lack of income taxes.

Furthermore, Dubai offers an extensive and smooth digital infrastructure, global networking opportunities, and no income tax.