The International Free Zone Authority (IFZA) is a popular choice for new businesses in the UAE. IFZA offers the UAE’s most affordable general trading company license, as well as licences for consulting, service, commercial trade, industrial, and holding permits. The free zone authorities are helpful and maintain complete transparency in the process. The company registration process with IFZA is quick and permits are typically issued within 2-3 working days, making it an attractive option for entrepreneurs looking to establish their businesses quickly.

Advantages of a IFZA licence


Conveniently located in Dubai, UAE


FZCOs or branch offices can be registered to obtain business licenses


Single IFZA License allows for professional, commercial, and industrial operations


Competitive General Trading License available


Remote registration is available; no need for business owners to be physically present during the incorporation


No paid-up share capital required


No requirement for a physical office


No need for a yearly audit report


Holding companies can be formed


Owners and employees can apply for a two-year UAE residency visa


Minimal paperwork is required; only a passport copy needed


No guarantee deposit is needed for an employment visa

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It is crucial to comprehend the distinction between obtaining a license with a visa quota and acquiring residency in the UAE. A license with a visa quota solely covers the expenses related to a business license and visa quota, with the possibility of including a Flexi office lease in certain Freezones. However, possessing a visa quota does not automatically grant you UAE residency; additional steps must be completed. If you wish to apply for a partner/investor visa, there are supplementary costs involved. These include obtaining an immigration card, registering for E-channel (NE Only), and paying fees for visa, visa processing, medical examination and Emirates ID typing. To effectively plan your business expenses, it is imperative to ask the right questions from the beginning to avoid surprises and hidden costs.