What is the change? Dubai is moving to an online application system for Employment Entry and Residence Permits.

What does the change mean? Companies with more than five employees will be required to register with the government portal and file applications online for new and renewal Employment Entry and Residence Permits.

  • Implementation timeframe:Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected:Employment Entry Permits and Residence Permits.
  • Who is affected:Companies with more than five employees doing business on Dubai mainland.
  • Impact on processing times:The transition may cause initial delays, but the new process will speed up and simplify the application process.
  • Business impact:There will be administrative requirements initially as companies are required to register.
  • Next steps:Companies should register on eDNRD and create an “electronic wallet” account at

Background: Companies must now register to create an account within Dubai’s eDNRD online portal. Registration requires completion of an application form in English and Arabic, an authorization letter, a copy of the corporate agent’s passport information page and UAE ID card, and a copy of the company’s Trade License and Immigration Establishment Card. Dubai will also transition to online payment of processing fees, although an implementation date has not been set.

BAL Analysis: Companies should register to use the electronic application system as soon as possible to reduce delays. They should also plan to set up an e-wallet account to prepare for conversion to online payment in the future.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in the United Arab Emirates. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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