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To attract members of the suddenly much larger remote workforce, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is offering a new visa that international employees can use to live and work there for a year. While there has been a similar program available in Dubai (although limited to the city only) Since October 2020, this policy, which was passed in March 2021, opens the rest of the country. Here’s what you need to know about the visa and how to apply for one.

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The tax incentive

Aside from the weather and luxury, the other main selling point is that the UAE does not impose any income tax on its residents. While those who have a visa will still have to pay taxes in their home country, at least they will not have their income taxed twice. CNN reports.

Requirements for the visa

If someone wanted to move to the UAE from outside the country, they would first need proof of a job offer from a UAE-based employer who also agreed to be responsible for providing residency visas and health insurance for their expat employees. CNN reports. Following the COVID pandemic and a mass exodus of expats from the country, the UAE is looking to rebuild its skilled workforce.

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Well, in order to be considered for the new remote work visa, an applicant must be must currently earn at least $ 5,000 per month. The visa itself costs 287 USD per person per year. International remote workers also have to pay for their own health insurance – which includes UAE coverage – as well as a processing fee.

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How do I apply?

Given that the policy to extend the availability of this remote work visa from Dubai to the rest of the UAE is so new, it has not yet appeared on the UAE immigration website. However, it has Information on the Dubai virtual work programwhich will likely serve as a model for what is now being offered to other parts of the country. You can learn more about the specifics of the program and aApply for the visa here.