FREELANCE PERMIT IN DUBAI
Freelancers are the professional individuals, who are not permanently employed to any particular company. They are independent workers, who usually perform various creative jobs in the areas of art, sport, personal development, photography, education or media.
For a very long time UAE did not really recognize this type of workers. It created a lot of uncertainty, related to making their work legal and getting UAE residency.
Freelance permit made business setup services in Dubai more affordable for a large group of professional individuals, who had no solutions apart from company setup in Dubai or another Emirate previously.
DUBAI FREELANCE PERMIT
Luckily, in 2018 TECOM authority came up with a new product of Dubai freelance permit. It was a huge breakthrough for all freelancers with lots of benefits: affordable price, quick procedure, Dubai freelance work permit.
This freelance licence Dubai in TECOM can be given to creative professionals in the areas of media, technology or education. It is provided by 3 sister free zones accordingly: Media City, Internet City, Knowledge Village.
FREELANCE LICENSE ABU DHABI
Funny enough, TECOM was actually not the first authority who adopted a freelance concept. It was just the first to extensively market it.
Another business licensing authority in Abu Dhabi has had a freelance category for quite a while before 2018. It’s called twofour54. It is a local Abu Dhabi hub for creative professionals.
At twofour54 they frequently run promotional campaigns offering a free license for the freelancers in this case you pay for the visa, Emirates ID and health insurance only.
There are about 500 freelancers associating themselves with twofour54 now. The requirements of this authority are slightly higher in comparison to the others who issue freelance permits, but it remains the only freelance type of setup in UAE capital.
FREELANCE PERMIT UAE
Other free zones followed up with TECOM and twofour54 shortly and now a freelance category is available in many licensing authorities:
AJMAN FREE ZONE
Ajman free zone came up with 2 packages for freelancers: Pioneer package and Freelance package. They both are designed for single owner, who can pick a profession from the fields like IT, education, design, management consultancy, beauty and personal care, media consultancy and studies.
Pioneer package is designed for individuals between 20 and 30 years old, but a Freelance package fits anyone.
The license you get will actually look like a normal corporate license from this free zone, indicating that it’s a pioneer or freelance setup only at the bottom. You will also be entitled for a 3 year Investor visa with such a setup.
UMM AL QUWAIN FREE ZONE
Umm AL Quwain free zone has a freelance license with a vast choice of activities and a resident visa for 2 years.
Some interesting activities include:
· pathologist furniture
Umm Al Quwain has one of the easiest setting up procedures and most straightforward requirements.
CREATIVE CITY FUJAIRAH FREE ZONE
Creative City free zone has a package called “Freelancer company”. This package is not a freelance permit for a single person. It is just the name of a normal commercial business setup package, which is eligible for 3 resident visas.
In other words, in this case “Freelancer company” is just a marketing name of a full-fledged package.
RESIDENT VISA VS FREELANCE PERMIT DUBAI
Many people confuse between resident visa and freelance permit. Basically, these are two usually come together within the same setup. Freelance license in Dubai is the actual freelance license, which allows you to carry out your work legally. Resident visa is a visa stamped into your passport, which allows you to live in UAE legally.
Freelance permit will be helpful for those who:
Want to practice their professional activity legally teachers, tutors and consultants often opt for freelancing.
Consider setting up an online business in Dubai many social media influencers or online trainers are registered as freelancers.
Want to work for a company full time and have a permit to carry out part time individual business.
The usual set of documents for freelance license in Dubai or UAE includes the following:
1. Passport copy
2. Current visa copy
3. Passport Photograph
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