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Freelance with an annual fee of Dh7,500 and Dh3,250 more for a three-year visa under Tecom Business Centre in media and education sector.
What Is It?
Gofreelance is an initiative launched in partnership with Dubai Creative Cluster Authority to license activities in the education and media sectors. Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Media City told Khaleej Times that “the initiative saves the applicant the trouble of setting aside a huge capital to rent an office. This permit is 70% cheaper than the previous cost of getting a permit. Moreover, the Tecom visa allows the candidate to sponsor his or her family,” he added.
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If candidates under husbands’ or parents’ sponsorship want to freelance, they can straightaway apply for a Tecom permit and don’t have to apply for a new visa. Residents who hold job visas need to obtain a no-objection certificate (NOC) from their employer or sponsor to apply for the permit. Bikram Vohra, a veteran freelance journalist and a former editor of Khaleej Times, said “freelancers are the most vulnerable part of media because they have no protection. They get used, are cheated of payments, spend half their lives chasing money owed to them and cannot find a way to get justice. By coming under the canopy of the government dictate they will have an official standing and a certain sense of identity.”
Candidates can register for the simple three-step permit online on www.gofreelance.ae which is already up-and-running. The annual fee includes the freelancer permit and access to the Tecom Business Centre for Dh7,500 and Dh3,250 more for a three-year visa.
- Passport /visa copy
- Bank reference letter
- Sponsor’s NOC (if applying for a permit without visa)
- Portfolio or sample of work (media sector only)
- Credentials and certificates (education sector only)
How to apply
- Submit your online application.
- When your application is approved, you will receive an email notification. You then have to go to one of Tecom business centers to personally sign your documents and pay the fee.
- Shortly afterward you’ll receive your freelance permit via email.
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