Dubai government has initiated efforts to make it easier and cheaper for freelancers to work and live. GoFreelance is an initiative by the TECOM group. This allows freelancers to work in tech, education, media and design sectors as an independent contractor and it needs to be renewed every year.
If you are pursuing your profession in any of these sectors, you are eligible to apply for the freelance permit along with a residency visa in Dubai which is renewable every three years. If you are working in Tech, Dubai Internet City will issue permits. Dubai Design District for the design sector, Dubai Media City for the media sector and Dubai Knowledge Park for the education sector.
The freelancer permit is ideal for professionals who are on a dependent visa and they only need to get the freelancer license. This permit identifies you as a sole practitioner and enables you to conduct business in your name other than a brand name.
Passport and visa copy (valid for at least 8 months)
Bank reference letter
NOC from your UAE sponsor
Valid medical insurance
Current visa (if any)
How to apply for a freelancer permit and visa in Dubai
Step 1: Apply for a freelancer permit
Step 2: Follow up on the application
Step 3: Apply for the employment visa in Dubai
Step 4: Complete the residency visa procedures
Typical Time frame
10-12 Working Days
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