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It provides The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai related services ranging from issuing entry permits, issuing or renewing residency visa, visa cancellation and other related services.


Employment visa is the most common way of getting a residence visa in UAE. Once an expat is employed with any company in UAE, the process of employment visa is initiated. The visa runs with an approval from the ministry of labor for the work permit and the labor permit. Once this is obtained the E visa entry permit is been issued from the immigration. There will be further a medical checkup and the UAE National ID process after which the residency is stamped on the passport of the employee. The individual holding employment visa from the mainland company is valid for 2 years and employment visa issued by any Free zone authority in Dubai is valid for 3 years.


Investor visa is issued for the individuals investing in the country to setup their Business. To get the eligibility for the investor visa, the shareholder or owner must have the share value of more than AED 70,000 in the business. The minimum declared share capital for a Mainland company is usually AED 300,000. Irrespective of the number of shareholders in the company, the Immigration department allows to take only 2 investor visas from the company. The rest of the investors can take employment visa from the company. The investor visa is valid for 3 years. The individual must submit latest 6 month bank statement to process investor visa.


The Dubai government has initiated efforts to make it easier and cheaper for freelancers to work and live in the UAE. GoFreelance visa is an initiative by the TECOM group that allows freelancers to work in tech, education, media and design sectors as independent contractors with a Freelance permit.

The freelancer permit is ideal for professionals who are on a dependent visa as they only need to get a freelancer license. This permit identifies you as a sole practitioner and enables you to conduct business in your name rather than a brand name.


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