UAE Unveils Freelance Permits for Pakistani Workers

A New Era for Pakistani Freelancers

In a significant development for Pakistani freelancers, the UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation (MoHRE) has introduced an accessible avenue for self-sponsored foreign professionals to legally work in the Emirates. This move is expected to open new doors for Pakistani workers, providing them with an opportunity to operate independently in the UAE, offering their services to individuals and companies without the need for a specific employer or employment contract.

The UAE Labour Law, encompassed in Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021, emphasizes the necessity of a valid work permit for anyone seeking employment in the country. Working in the UAE without a valid work permit, issued according to MoHRE’s prescribed procedures, is strictly prohibited.

Opportunities and Eligibility

Pakistani freelancers stand to benefit immensely from this development. These self-sponsored professionals can now legally engage in freelance work in the UAE. To be eligible, freelancers must hold a valid residence visa in the UAE. The freelance permit, issued for a duration of two years, opens doors for Pakistani individuals to explore a wide range of freelance opportunities in this thriving economic hub.

The MoHRE issues twelve distinct types of work permits, each tailored to the nature of the job, the employee’s age, and other pertinent factors. The freelance permit, specifically designed for self-sponsored foreigners, allows them to offer their services and expertise to clients without the need for a sponsoring employer or an employment contract.

Pakistani freelancers seeking this newfound opportunity are subject to a nominal fee of AED 250 for a two-year freelance permit. This move is expected to boost the freelance economy in the UAE and provide Pakistani professionals with new avenues for growth and development.

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