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MWO-Dubai Advisory No. 7, Series of 2023: Legitimate Freelance Visa in the UAE

The Migrant Workers Office (MWO) – Dubai and Northern Emirates advises the public to employ legal entities only when securing visa and avoid engaging in visa trading in the UAE.

MWO Dubai Advisory No. 7 identifies the list of freezones offering legitimate freelance visas and the corresponding eligible field. Please refer to the official signed advisory below.

For domestic workers: According to UAE Federal Decree – Law No. 9 of 2022, domestic workers may not be hired or temporarily employed without a license from the Ministry of Human Resource and Emiratisation (MOHRE). To that effect, it is reiterated that domestic workers can only be employed through licensed agencies, Tadbeers, or through direct sponsorship of a qualified employer.

As regards use of “own visa”, OFWs (both skilled and domestic workers) are advised not to engage in visa trading as such is subject to the UAE Civil Procedure Law and workers and employers involved in it are considered partners in crime, hence, may both be held liable as determined by the proper court of law.

Below is the official signed advisory for information and guidance.

MWO-DXB-Advisory-7-2023