Our ServicesFreelance Permits & Visas
Do you want to freelance in UAE? You need a freelance permit and visa to legally earn money and reside in UAE.
Freelance Permits & Visas
With Expo 2020 fast approaching, there is likely to be an influx of skilled professionals who will travel to Dubai specifically for work opportunities surrounding the event. As the show’s duration is for 6 months, it would not be practical for anyone interested in working opportunities presented by the show to go through the traditional channels of a full Free-Zone or Local Company visa as these usually last for 3 years. However, anyone living and earning money in the UAE needs to be licensed in order to receive payments, or enter into contracts with local businesses.
Fortunately, there are now viable initiatives for anyone working in Education, IT, or Media-related sectors to obtain freelance permits allowing them to legally stay and work in the UAE. Free-zones that currently offer a freelance permit include Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, Dubai Production City, Dubai Knowledge Park, Dubai Design District, Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 and Fujairah Creative City, RAKEZ, and Ajman Free-zone.
100% Personal Income Tax exemption
Fast applications and permit issuance
No physical office space requirement
Access to Business Centres and Hubs
costs & Timeline
Permit fees start from just 7,500 AED
Can sponsore family members
Visas cost approx. 7,500 AED
Usually take 2-3 weeks to incorporate
Features and Regulations
The licence is available without requiring a permanent office space, which is a huge cost-saving for anyone who only wants to stay in the UAE temporarily. The latest freelance initiative (called “Go Freelance”) comes from Tecom Group in partnership with Dubai Creative Cluster Authority, and offers freelancers in the education and media sectors the freedom of the 'gig economy' through licences for a wide range of activities such as photography, choreography, commentating, event planning, journalism, music, PR specialists, translating, writing, software development, and many more. While there are five activities allowed in the education sector, the media category has nearly 50 activities. Even if you have a full time job in UAE, you can still apply for a freelance permit as long as you obtain an NOC from your current employer. The permit will be issued in your personal name, not a corporate entity.
If you are making between AED 187,500 per year and AED 375,000 per year then you may register for VAT if you choose. If you make more than AED 375,000 per year, you must register for VAT. Alpha Management can manage this process, as well as provide accounting services if required.
More options that may interest you...
If you would like to explore more company formation options and the other services that Alpha Management can provide, please have a look at the links below.
offshore and free-zone COMPANY FORMATION
FINANCIAL OFFICER & Compliance services
accounting and other services
Local UAE Company Formation
Interested in getting a Freelance Permit or Visa?
It can be confusing to know where to start when it comes to Freelancing in UAE. Each client has different goals and requirements depending on their situation. Alpha Management will assess what is best for you and be able to recommend what type of company and which jurisdiction suits your particular criteria. We will present all the options available whilst bearing in mind any budget limitations you may have. If you would like to discuss Freelance permits or Visas, please contact us here.
Get in touch with Alpha Management, and we can discuss what you are looking for. We will then recommend a jurisdiction and let you know what compliance documents we need to collect.