Dubai World Trade Center Free Zone (DWTC) License Timelines
Preapproval Application: 10 working days License Application: 10 working days
The above timelines correlate to working days, not calendar days.
The above timelines are collated based on the average processing times over the previous 3 months and hence are not exact and in reality may be shorter or longer.
Applications are submitted for processing and indicated timelines commence upon realization of payment.
The cut-off time for documents to be submitted/received, and payments to be received/realized is 1pm, anything received after this time will be considered towards the following working day.
During periods in and around Ramadan, days of mourning, Eid and other National and Religious Holidays the indicated timelines are likely to become subject to delays.
Should you be outside the country when the visa is issued, and are not from one of the 48 countries that are granted a visa on arrival, and are entering the UAE on your new entry visa, which will constitute your change of status, please be sure to contact your airline prior to travelling, as many airlines will need to see a copy of your entry visa prior to travel in order to verify the same and then upload a copy of the visa onto their system, and provide you with an ‘OK to Board’. The same would apply if you are inside the country when the visa is issued, and plan to exit the country with your visa in hand, and then re-enter the UAE by air.
Furthermore, when you are entering the country on your new entry visa, please ensure you carry out your eye scan at the airport on arrival, and ensure the immigration official stamps the entry visa as well as your passport. Do NOT enter on your e-gate card.
Once you complete your change of status you will NOT be able to travel outside of the UAE until your passport has been stamped with your residency visa.
The Visa process for certain nationalities may be longer than the timelines indicated above.
Should you have a visa application under process and wish to travel in and out of the UAE, and are a national of one of the 48 countries who are granted visit visas on arrival, please contact us before re-entering the UAE, as if your visa application has cleared security approval, you may have to wait until your new employment visa has been issued and to re-enter the UAE using the same.
Should you not wish to exit the country and re-enter after the entry visa has been issued – please note this option is only available to those applicants on their 30-day grace period following the cancellation of their previous residency visa OR if you are in the country on a visit visa (NOT Tourist Visa) OR if you received a visa on arrival into the UAE - granted to nationals of 48 countries who don’t need to apply for a visa prior to entering the UAE
Please note that we are legally obliged to keep the applicant notified of all steps and progress reports concerning their visa process and release the visa and passport directly to them unless they instruct us otherwise. We will not be able to release the passport or visa to anyone else, including the company owner/s, unless expressly directed to do so by the applicant.
A UAE MOFA attested degree will be required if the position applied for on the visa is Managerial or any other higher position. This will also be applicable to Shareholders, Directors & Manager on the license.