New partnership with startup to speed up issuance of residencies and visas in UAE

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


Visa, residence, UAE, government, digital development

Deel, a San Francisco-based startup which is a payroll and onboarding company, has partnered with the UAE government to fast-track the issuance of residency visa, including long-term Golden Visas, for expatriate employees. According to Deel, "This collaboration is a first-of-its-kind solution to speed up worker relocation". Deel also said that the agreement will ensure "faster employment visas for tech workers and streamlined residencies''.

The built-in platform, support, and client base of Deel will be made available to remote work employees coming to the UAE by virtue of the strategic cooperation of Deel with the UAE Office for AI, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications. Customers of the company will have quicker access to the Golden and Green Visa categories of visas. 

Deel claims to have established a "network of partnerships" to simplify travel and lodging. They also said that "The company is providing customers with health insurance and 24/7 live hotline support to help them with fast mobility and onboarding."

Co-founder and CEO of Deel, Alex Bouaziz said that giving anyone in the world the opportunity to work for amazing companies is the company's vision and partnering with the UAE brings them one step closer to realizing that vision.

The UAE government has pledged to double the size of its digital economy contribution to non-oil GDP by 2031 through a multitude of strategic initiatives, one of which is by attracting the best digital talent and remote workers to the UAE. The partnership with Deel is one of the many initiatives that the UAE's Office for AI, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications has introduced in furtherance of attracting digital talent and creative businesses to the UAE.

The startup quoted Omar Sultan Al Olama, UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications, as saying that the UAE enables skilled talents and adopts emerging technologies to achieve its centennial 2071 vision of achieving digital transformation.

The Minister also said, "To accelerate the digital development in the region, we have to adopt innovative approaches in work models and continue developing the systems and practices of remote work. Applying for remote work in government and private sectors as one of the primary work models reflects the flexibility of the government and its determination to adapt and develop with the unprecedented ventures of the digital economy."

Founded in 2019, San Francisco-based Deel was last valued at $5.5bn in October and has received backing from investors including Coatue and and Altimeter Capital. Deel entered a public offer last week to acquire Australian payroll company PayGroup, and Bouaziz said the company is working on other acquisitions.

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