Since the United Arab Emirates impose
no taxes either on individuals or legal persons,
residency in the UAE is chosen not so much
as a way to move around freely or to physically
relocate, but rather for its advantageous
tax climate.

The easiest way to obtain UAE residency is by company
incorporation in the Emirates and a license to do
business in the UAE.

Advantages of UAE residency

UAE residency through registering a company is the easiest
and most widely accessible form of residency.

Conditions for receiving UAE residency

Residency in the UAE can be obtained on the basis of having a business in the UAE, i.e. a company registered in the UAE in the name of the applicant(s) and having a license to do business inside the UAE.

THESE LICENSES EXIST IN THREE CATEGORIES:

1
Commercial
2
Services
3
General Trading

The most widespread license category for a legal entity for those who want to obtain UAE residency is General Trading, as only this license is set up to offer residency to company owners in a number up to 3 persons.

Often people wanting to obtain UAE residency are guided only by this criterion, and they don’t think about the activity that their registered legal entity will actually carry out. Making the right choice of license for the registered legal entity, so that you can ensure you keep your residency and can do business without problems, should be your first concern with registering a company.

Costs to register a company in order to obtain UAE residency

COMMERCIAL

license

for up to 3 kinds of goods

TOTAL:

€ 20,450

extensions starting from year 2
€ 8,450

Cost of registration, virtual
office, obtaining a license,
administrative services

€ 9,950

Fee for residency visa, medical
certificate, Emirates ID

€ 5,500

Professional consultant
services

€ 5,000

Up to 2 visas for company
owners are permitted

CONSULTING

(services) license

up to 2 kinds of services

TOTAL:

€ 20,450

extensions starting from year 2
€ 8,450

Cost of registration, virtual
office, obtaining a license,
administrative services

€ 9,950

Fee for residency visa, medical
certificate, Emirates ID

€ 5,500

Professional consultant
services

€ 5,000

Up to 2 visas for company
owners are permitted

GENERAL TRADING

license

unlimited number of kinds of goods

TOTAL:

€ 22,450

extensions starting from year 2
€ 10,450

Cost of registration, virtual
office, obtaining a license,
administrative services

€ 11,950

Fee for residency visa, medical
certificate, Emirates ID

€ 5,500

Professional consultant
services

€ 5,000

Up to 3 visas for company
owners are permitted

Documents you’ll need

  • A copy of your passport
    (which must be valid for at least six more months from the time you submit your documents for a visa)

  • A copy of previous UAE visas (if any)

  • A utility bill no older than 6 months

  • A passport photo with a white background

  • The full names of your parents

  • Your address in your country of residence

  • Your address in UAE(if any)

  • Your contact details(e-mail and telephone number)

  • A resume setting out your experience (only for services/consulting license)

Who can obtain UAE resident status

THE MAIN APPLICANT(S) (MUST BE OVER THE AGE OF 18)

THE SPOUSE AND UNDERAGE CHILDREN OF THE MAIN APPLICANT(S)

Steps in registering a company
and obtaining resident status

The client
provides all
necessary documents
and details

Our experts
prepare the
registration forms
for the client
to sign

The client signs the
registration forms and
sends them to us by
courier so that we can
submit a set of documents
for registering the company

The company is registered
(takes up to 3 days)

The client submits
the documents for obtaining
an immigration card
and visa (Entry Permit)

A decision is awaited on obtaining
an immigration card and visa (Entry
Permit), which takes 15–20 days

The client receives
a copy of the visa,
while the UAE border
officials at the arrival
airport receive the original
of the client’s visa

Arrival in the UAE to:
- Have the visa inserted into
your passport;
- Undergo a medical examination
in order to receive a certificate
of health;
- Submit documents for the
Emirates ID.

The client provides all necessary documents and details

Our experts prepare the registration forms for the client to sign

The client signs the registration forms and sends them to us by courier so that we can submit a set of documents for registering the company

The company is registered (takes up to 3 days)

The client submits the documents for obtaining an immigration card and visa (Entry Permit)

A decision is awaited on obtaining an immigration card and visa (Entry Permit), which takes 15–20 days

The client receives a copy of the visa, while the UAE border officials at the arrival airport receive the original of the client’s visa

Arrival in the UAE to: - Have the visa inserted into your passport; - Undergo a medical examination in order to receive a certificate of health; - Submit documents for the Emirates ID.

NOTE
  • The Entry Permit is valid only for 60 days from issue, and to receive UAE residency you must travel to the UAE while the Entry Permit is still valid.
  • For your visit to the UAE, you must schedule at least 5 working days.
  • To retain your residency, you must visit the UAE at least once every 180 days.
  • Residency is issued for three years right off.
  • To retain your resident status, your company’s registration must be renewed on an annual basis.

To obtain residence permit in UAE

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and no imposed
extra fees

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support before
and after you
obtain residency

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