March 31, 2022

United Arab Emirates Remote Worker Visa is Open to Applicants

The creation of the UAE Remote Working Visa scheme was first announced in March 2021 and has now been implemented. Applicants are now able to apply for the visa which will grant them authorization to work remotely in the UAE for their overseas employer for up to a year without requiring local sponsorship or employment contract. To be eligible the applicant must have worked for the home country employer for at least three months prior to submitting their application. They will also be required so earn at least 3,500 USD or equivalent in foreign currency) per month. Further documentation for the application will include provision of valid health insurance in the UAE and confirmation from the employer that they are permitted by them to work remotely from the country.

Eligible foreign workers are able to submit their application for the Remote Working Visa from either outside the UAE online or in-country. Those in Abu Dhabi can submit through accredited typing centers.

Remote working visa holders will also benefit from the possibility of renewing the document and being able to sponsor residence permit applications for their dependants.

The UAE government is promoting this as a way to support the country’s economy following the impact of COVID-19. Foreign nationals using this scheme will benefit from being able to remain in the UAE without a local employment contract or sponsorship and have this as a central base to travel from within the Middle East.

For further information on immigration in the United Arab Emirates, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over fifteen years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends, and currently serves as a member of the Worldwide ERC (WERC) Immigration Advisory Council.

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