Virtual Work Residence Visas Now Available for Freelancers in UAE

The UAE has announced a new virtual work residence visa that is set to revolutionize the way freelancers apply for visas. This game-changing move by the Federal Authority for Identity, Citizenship, Customs, and Port Security (ICP) means that freelancers no longer have to be physically present in the UAE to apply for a visa. Instead, they can easily apply online from anywhere in the world.

This new visa is a boon for freelancers who want to work remotely from the UAE. The virtual work residence visa is valid for one year and can be renewed further under the revised terms and conditions of the visa by the UAE Government.

To apply for the visa, individuals can use the ICP’s website or the UAEICP smart application. After the visa is approved, the applicant must enter the UAE within 60 days to complete the residence visa application process. In case of failure to enter UAE within the permitted timeframe, the permit will become invalid.

However, to be eligible for this virtual work residence visa, applicants must hold a passport with a minimum validity of six months, have a recent photograph, and have a valid health insurance policy. The applicant must also provide a salary slip from the previous month and three months’ worth of bank statements, and a bank statement showing earnings of a minimum of Dh360,000 for the last two years or the equivalent amount earned in any other currency.

If an applicant does not meet the requirements, their application is automatically declined online after 30 days. However, the fee and financial guarantees are refundable if the request is declined by the ICP, in case the application is returned thrice for the same reason.

The fee for the virtual working program is AED350 per person. Once approved, all applicants will receive the entry permit and all details in their email.

For more information on the virtual work residence visa or to apply online, visit the ICP’s website at

This new virtual work residence visa opens up a world of possibilities for freelancers who want to work remotely from the UAE, without the need for physical presence. So, if you’re a freelancer looking to work remotely from the UAE, this new visa is definitely worth exploring.