Dubai Instant License

What is Dubai Instant License and How to Get One

The Instant License service is a path-breaking service that enables entrepreneurs to obtain their commercial licenses in four steps and within a few minutes. This license falls under specialist licenses and express licenses with common license types such as commercial, industrial, and professional. The aim of the Instant Licence service is facilitating the process of establishing and conducting business in Dubai for foreign investors or expats. It is basically a cost-effective trade license enabling UAE expats to carry out commercial or professional business activities. This service also allows them to issue an electronic Memorandum of Association (MOA), along with a virtual site (for the first year only).

The license also grants foreign investor or entrepreneur with the:

  • membership in Dubai Chamber (instantly), 
  • establishment card of the General Directorate of Residency & Foreigners Affairs, 
  • Registration of native workers in the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation,
  • three employee work permits issued by the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation.

 

The Instant License can be issued for four legal forms – Limited Liability Company, One Person L.L.C, Sole Proprietorship, and Civil Company. 

 

 

Steps of obtaining Dubai Instant License

The four steps to take for acquiring Dubai Instant License are:

  1. Identifying business activities: This is necessary as the business activities should be in line with those on the official Department of Economic Development (DED) list. The Instant License covers over 2,000 activities determined by the DED, including all imaginable industries. 
  2. Choosing a name for the company or business: There are rules and regulations for picking a business or company name. Ensure that you are aware of those regulations. For example, the name you choose should not use blasphemous language or contain the name of any religion or known logos. 
  3. Applying for the license: The license application can be submitted online via the e-channel portal or in person by visiting a service center. It is a speedy process and should not take more than a few minutes. The following points should be clarified in the process of applying: Activities, Partners and Managers, Trade Name and Commercial Registry.
  4. Applying for the residency visa: This visa will allow a foreign investor or expat and their employees to work in the UAE. The visa application procedure is straightforward and can be extended to a spouse, parent or child, or a domestic worker (for example, a housekeeper). The maximum number of visas one can apply for depends on many factors such as:
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    • the size of your company, 
    • The selected setup.

 

For dependant visas, the personal earnings of the main applicant are important as well. 

Required documents and costs of the application

You need to create an account on the e-channel portal for acquiring the instant license. For in-person applications, you need the following documents to apply for Dubai Instant License:

  • Copies of the passports for all the license parties (partners and managers),
  • A copy of residence visa and NOC (if applicable),
  • A copy of your visa (if applicable).

Several business activities fall under the Instant License, such as Limited Liability Company, One Person L.L.C., Sole Proprietorship, Civil Company (basically all business that does not require external approvals). The instant license cost is only AED 3,000, which also covers the cost of trade name registration. Of course, visa application costs are separate, and the license does not cover those expenses. 

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