The UAE has proposed a new remote work visa program

The UAE will grant residency permits to remote workers from other countries. Professionals in this field will live and work in the UAE when working remotely from anywhere in the world.

Krystien Meyers
March 21, 2021 6:39 PM

The UAE will grant residency permits to remote workers from other countries. Professionals in this field will live and work in the UAE when working remotely from anywhere in the world.


His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, confirmed the remote work visa. 


Remote staff - and their families - will be able to migrate on an annual basis to one of the world's top tourist and business destinations, where they will be able to live in a secure and high-quality environment supported by a robust digital infrastructure that ensures seamless connectivity.


Applicants must have a passport valid for at least six months, UAE-based health insurance, proof of employment from a current employer with a one-year contract, and a monthly salary of $5,000. A pay stub and three months' worth of bank statements should also be provided by the applicant.


If the applicant is a business owner, evidence of business ownership for one year or more, with an average monthly income of $5,000, and three months' bank statements are required to be eligible for the program.


Applicants can obtain all services in Dubai, including telecommunications, electricity, and education, through the program, allowing them to experience the special lifestyle enjoyed by citizens of over 200 nationalities. Individuals in Dubai pay no income tax, so applicants can benefit from this.


It costs $287 (approximately Dh1,054) per user, plus a processing fee and medical insurance with valid UAE coverage.

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