aquabelgium wrote:I'm self-employed and would like to continue working in Dubai... since me and my gf create our own work and income ... is there a lot of problem then.
a) we would mary in belgium before living ther
b) we would buy an appartement ...
c) when you have real estate at dubai = permanent visum ? or also limited to 60 days visa
d) since me and my wife/gf work for our own company (2 people me and wife take the decissions... do i still need to proof my income and "sponsor" her
e) "sponsor" = proof that you (man) can support her ?
thanks for the first series of answers
firstly, you cannot simply work for yourself in dubai. you have to be sponsored by a company, or have to start a company in conjunction with a local sponsor. there are one or two other alternative, but it depends entirely what type of business/ work you are in. if it were that easy there would be hundreds of thousands of people all doing the same thing.
you could of course enter on a visit visa and work illegally, and have the visa renewed every 60 days. again whether this is a feasable option is entirly dependant on your type of work - for instance you couldn't be a free-lance doctor or achitect on a visit visa.
"sponsor" refers to you taking responsibility for the person (under your sponsorship) while they are in the country. you cannot sponsor your gf, you could only sponsor direct family members. it also means that you accept financial responsibility for their actions while in the uae.
in a business sense "sponsor" refers to your employer, here again the employer is responsible for your conduct and well being while in the country - they pay you a salary and guarentee the government that you will leave after your work obligations are complete.
point a). yes i would say it is easier if you get married before you come here - and want to live together. it's not impossible for unmarried people to stay together, but does create problems if they are not working and are entirely dependant on your support.
point b). yes again. you can buy an appartment without having a work visa, although as i said before you may need to have a work permit in order to invoice clients etc ....
point c). yes, a permanant residency visa, this does not entitle you to work though.
hope this helps a bit .....