The Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs and Port Security (ICP) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made a significant announcement that will greatly benefit international freelancers looking to work remotely in the country.
The ICP has relaxed visa requirements for freelancers, making it easier for them to obtain a virtual work residence visa.
No Physical Presence Required
Individuals seeking the virtual work residence visa will no longer be required to be physically present in the UAE at the time of application, which is a significant change.
This new policy gives freelancers more flexibility by allowing them to complete the application process from their current location.
Virtual Work Residence Visa
The virtual work residence visa is valid for one year and can be renewed in accordance with the visa’s terms and conditions. Individuals can apply using the ICP’s website or the smart application (UAEICP).
Once approved, the applicant must enter the UAE within 60 days to complete the procedures for their residence visa. If the applicant does not enter the country within this time frame, the permit will be rendered null and void.
Applicants must have a passport with a minimum validity of six months, a recent photograph, and a health insurance policy that covers their stay in the UAE to be eligible for the virtual work residence visa.
Furthermore, the applicant must show proof of employment with a one-year contract from the employer and a minimum monthly salary of $3,500 or it’s equivalent in another currency.
The applicant must also provide a previous month’s salary slip as well as three months’ worth of bank statements.
Fees and Application Process
The virtual working programme costs AED350 per person. If an applicant fails to meet the requirements, their application will be electronically declined 30 days after it is returned to them due to missing information or documents.
If the application is returned three times for the same reason, it will be declined automatically. If the request is denied by the ICP, the fee and financial guarantees are refunded.
The relaxed visa requirements announced by the ICP in the UAE offer greater flexibility and opportunities for international freelancers looking to work remotely in the country. With the virtual work residence visa, freelancers can now complete the application process from their current location and enjoy the benefits of working in the UAE.