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Get a Residency Visa in Dubai

Offshore Affairs provides Visa related services in Dubai, allowing you to relocate to Dubai, and to change your tax residency to a tax free jurisdiction

How to get a Dubai Residency Visa

Unlike other jurisdictions, by just opening a company in Dubai you can apply for a Residency Visa in Dubai, UAE, and without the need to have "substance" in Dubai. For example, you would not need to have a number of employees, office space, and certain income, to get this residency visa.

After you form a company in Dubai, you can obtain a Partner o Investor Visa, and/or Employee visa for you, your relatives or friend of legal age (not underage), or employees.

In addition, we can request the residency visas right after opening the company, without it even having traded before or even before it had a bank account.

Visa Designation

Visa Designation is the name or title the Visa Holder will have on its visa, these include Partner, Investor,  Administrative Supervisor, Company Clerk, Lawyer, Doctor, Teacher, Recepcionist, Sales Manager, Hr Director, etc.

The visa designations can be classified as Designations that do not require a Degree Certificate, like Partner, Investor, Recepcionist, Marketing Assistant, etc, other designations like Doctor, Lawyer, or Teacher a Specialized Degree Certificate, and destination like Administrative Director, Office Manager, Sales Manager, etc., require a Degree Certificate.

Investor Visa

An Investor visa designation allows the visa holder to enter and exit the UAE and he/she wishes, having a minimum requirement to visit Dubai one day per year to maintain the visa. This designation requires payment of an extra AED1,000 fee.

To apply for an Investor visa, the FZCO must have at least AED50,000 as initial capital share.

Partner Visa: for the Partner Visa designation, a minimum of two shareholders is required.

Visa Related expenses

Establishment Card: AED 2,000

Visa Status Change fee: AED 1,600 (applies only to residency visa applications from inside the UAE)

Investor or Partner Visa designation: AED 1,000

Estimated timeline and process to open a Dubai Offshore Company and get the Residency Visa

The timeline set below are estimates, it includes the timeline to form the company and getting the Residency Visa. The timeline bewlo is for processing the forms, it excludes our timeframe for filling the forms

  • 5 working days for opening the company and getting the license.

  • 2 working days for the establishment card

  • 7 working days for the E Visa

  • Once all the above is issued, the client has 60 days to come and stay in Dubai for a week to finish the formalities here (medical, biometrics and passport stamping).

After the Company in Dubai has been formed, we can apply for the Residency Visa. This whole process can take about 2 weeks. After you obtain the Residency Visa, you will be able to open bank accounts in the UAE, and to obtain services in the UAE available only to UAE or Emirati ID holders.


First, we start by filling out the Application Form. This form requires the company License and Establishment Card information, applicant personal details, visa designation, entry stamp in case of in-country applications, etc. 


The employment agreement is signed. Application is submitted and e-visa is granted for the Applicant to come to Dubai and get Medical Fitness Test, biometrics (if required), get the Emirates ID Registration, and obtain Medical Insurance. 


After the aforementioned procedure has been performed, Residency Visa is granted. 


Notes: Visa Applications can be done from inside the UAE or outside the UAE.

  • Visa Status Change fee is required if the application is from inside the UAE.

  • If application is from outside of the UAE, Applicant should not come to Dubai after application is submitted and before the e-visa is issued, otherwise this would render the application invalid.


Contact us to get more information on all applicable fees, visa designation options and requirements, timeframes, etc.

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