Dubai rolls out remote working scheme for overseas professionals

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) announced a new scheme allowing foreign nationals to work for an overseas based entity whilst residing in the emirates.

Who will be affected?

Any foreign national wanting to work for a foreign based entity whilst residing in the emirates.


Professionals working for overseas companies can now seek to apply for a one-year remote working visa to live in Dubai while remaining employed abroad. This scheme appeals to people who are due to be working virtually from home for the foreseeable future.

The move provides remote working professionals and their families, an opportunity to relocate on an annual basis to Dubai.

The remote working professionals will be able to secure the documents required to rent housing, procure services and send their children to school in Dubai.

Companies have started to recognise that remote working is a way of life and remote working is here to stay. With this scheme, companies will save costs associated with renting office space, paying licence fees and secure residency visas or work permits for employees while receiving access to the region.

Eligibility criteria:

• Passport with validity of 6 months or more.
• Health insurance with UAE coverage validity
• Proof of employment from current employer with at least one-year contract validity
• Last month’s pay slip and bank statements for preceding 3 months
• Minimum salary requirement of $5,000 and above per month
• If the applicant is an owner of the company, proof of ownership for one year or more, with an average monthly income of $5,000 or above is required along with bank statement for 3 preceding months.

How Santa Fe can assist

As authorities have not stipulated the application process and timelines associated with the remote worker visa, Santa Fe will review developments and provide an update.

Santa Fe can support your business with the issuance of tourist, visit and business visas and any immigration compliance and advisory issues concerning your expatriate population. We can review current employees’ visas and assist with necessary advice or solutions to ensure ongoing compliance with the UAE Regulations.

We will also keep your business updated on ongoing developments on all UAE immigration matters and will advise on any changes requiring your attention.

Should you have any questions, please contact the following:

Ayaz Sheriff
Senior Immigration Consultant – UAE
Santa Fe Relocation
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
D: +97 143 321 595
M: +97 155 367 9870

Paolo Longo
Regional Immigration Director – India, Middle East & Africa
Santa Fe Relocation
Johannesburg, South Africa
D: +27 (0) 10 595 2337
M: +27 (0) 83 677 7949


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