Dubai residents can now officially work as freelancers by obtaining a freelance work permit for an annual fee of Dh7,500. The freelance work permit, called Gofreelance, is valid for media and education sectors with Dubai Media City (DMC) and Dubai Knowledge Park (DKP)
Gofreelance, is launched by TECOM Group, a member of Dubai Holding, in partnership with Dubai Creative Clusters Authority.
The annual fee includes the Freelancer Permit and access to the Business Centre. If the candidates requires a visa, such as if they are non-residents who want to freelance here, relevant assistance will be provided. However, the visa will cost separately as per the normal associated fees.
Residents who hold jobs can obtain the Freelance Permit provided they have a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from their employer or sponsor, supplementing their salary. Companies, meanwhile, will be able commission freelancers for needs such as a one-off project, contract-based work, outsourcing or assistance with extra workload. The permit is also open to candidates who are on their parent’s or husband’s visa.
At the moment, the permit is restricted to certain activities in each of the two sectors of Education and Media. For example, in Education, there are five activities, including
Activities allowed on Freelance visa in Dubai:
- Education Advisor
- eLearning Advisor.
How to obtain Freelance Work Permit in Dubai?
The process to obtain freelance work permit in Dubai can be performed online at the website www.gofreelance.ae. The steps include:
- Upload the application forms and required documents, such as CV, passport and visa copy, a bank reference letter, and sponsor’s NOC (if applicable).
- Once the application is approved, candidates will receive an email notification and then visit one of the business centres in DMC or DKP to personally sign the documents and pay the fee. During the visit, the candidates may be asked relevant questions regarding their application for clarification or verification purposes.
- The freelance permit will be delivered via email.
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