The UAE’s freelance visa system has been a topic of interest for many residents, especially those looking to sponsor their family members. This article delves into the specifics of obtaining a freelance visa in the UAE and the possibilities of sponsoring one’s family with it.
- Freelance Visa Inquiry:
- The central question posed is whether an individual with a freelance visa in the UAE can sponsor their family.
- Freelance Work Permit:
- As per the Cabinet Resolution No. 1 of 2022 on the Implementation of Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021 Regarding the Regulation of Employment Relations, individuals can obtain a freelance work permit in the UAE.
- The freelance permit allows individuals to undertake independent self-employment without being sponsored by a specific organization or employer in the UAE. This means they can earn money by providing services for a specific period or task without being considered an employee of the client.
- Nature of Freelance Work:
- Freelancing is defined as an independent and flexible work arrangement. Freelancers provide services for a specified period or task and are not considered employees of the individuals or establishments they serve.
- Obtaining a Freelance License:
- To get a freelance work permit or license in Dubai, one should approach the Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism or the relevant free zone authorities. A freelance visa can only be obtained if you have a freelance work permit or license issued by the appropriate authority in Dubai.
- Sponsoring Family Members:
- To sponsor immediate family members, the regular procedure must be followed. This includes providing documentary evidence like an employment contract or income statement. The income should be no less than Dh4,000 without accommodation or Dh3,000 with accommodation. Additionally, a notarised and legalised marriage certificate and tenancy contract (with Ejari) are required.
- Further Assistance:
- For more details or clarifications, individuals can contact the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai or the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs & Port Security in other emirates.
Author: Ashish Mehta, founder and Managing Partner of Ashish Mehta & Associates. He is qualified to practise law in Dubai, the United Kingdom, and India.