Freelance Permits are now available in many Free Zones based in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi. These permits allow for specialized individuals in the media, technology, and education sectors to offer their services on a consultancy basis, even if they have a full-time job. On the other hand, A Freezone visa is a type of employment visa that you are sponsored by a Freezone in UAE and it’s not restricted to specific professions like the freelance permits.
Both visas allow you to sponsor your dependents however It is worth noting that it can be hard to prove your earnings as a freelancer. Having said that, if you do have official documents showing that you meet the salary threshold, you should have no issues applying for dependents' visas.
Freezone visas are not permitted to work directly with the local market or business on the mainland. On the other hand, there is no specific legislation stopping a freelancer from taking on work with mainland companies. However, some free zones may restrict your ability to do so.
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