UAE’s Remote Work Revolution: The Virtual Visa Advantage

Awatif Mohammad Shoqi Advocates & Legal Consultancy

In a world where remote work has become increasingly common, the UAE has taken a transformative step by introducing the one-year Remote Work Visa. This initiative allows individuals to reside in the UAE while working for companies based outside the country, offering a unique opportunity to experience the standard of living in the UAE without resigning from their current jobs.

Eligibility and Requirements: To apply for the remote work visa, applicants must meet specific criteria, which include providing proof of remote employment with an organization outside the UAE and having a monthly income of at least USD 3,500 or its equivalent in another currency. This initiative aims to attract skilled professionals and encourages global talent to contribute to the dynamic work environment of the UAE.

Virtual Working Programme: UAE's Cultural Diversity Extends to the Remote Working Programme. This initiative enables individuals, including entrepreneurs and start-up companies, to relocate to the UAE and continue working for their existing organizations remotely.

Who Can Benefit?

The Remote Work Visa provides to people living and working outside the UAE, providing an opportunity for entrepreneurs and start-ups that meet specific eligibility criteria. Approved applicants have the privilege of bringing their families along. The Virtual Working Visa is valid for one year, with the option for renewal upon re-application, offering flexibility for participants to work remotely in the UAE.

Application Process in Dubai

To apply for the remote working visa in Dubai, the application process through the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai (GDRFAD) requires applicants to have a passport with a minimum 6-month validity and valid health insurance covering their residency in the UAE.

Employees need to provide proof of employment, including a one-year valid employment contract, a minimum monthly salary of USD 5,000, and financial documentation such as salary slips and bank statements. Company owners may show proof of ownership of the company with an average monthly income of USD 5,000, along with relevant company financial statements.

The Virtual Working Visa requires a fee of USD 287 per person, along with additional costs for medical insurance valid in the UAE and processing fees. Remote visa applicants can enjoy benefits, including access to telecommunications, utilities, medical services, and education, making it an attractive destination for remote workers seeking a visa in the UAE.

Application Process in Other Emirates

To apply for a remote visa in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Umm Al Quwain, and Ras Al Khaimah, the application process through the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) website is straightforward. By registering on the ICA, the visa requires a fee of Dh300 per person, and applicants can secure a 60-day entry permit.


The UAE's Remote Working Programme welcomes people from various backgrounds, including entrepreneurs and start-ups, offering them the chance to work remotely while enjoying the country's diverse culture.


DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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