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Business Visit Visa


Business Visit Visa Information

As of 30 June 2015, the DIFC Courts was offering Business Visit Visa services for lawyers with rights of audience that reside outside of the UAE and travel to Dubai to appear before the DIFC Courts.

Visa Type

Business Visit Visa for overseas lawyers
Duration of Visa: 30 days, 60 days or 90 days subject to the Category (see below).


This service provides overseas lawyers with a business visit visa for 30, 60 or 90 days to enable them to travel to Dubai and appear before the DIFC Courts.

  • Applicants must have rights of audience before the DIFC Courts by being registered in Part II of the Register of Practitioners. 
  • Applicants must provide proof and confirmation that their visit is for a specific hearing confirmed as listed by the DIFC Courts. 
  • Applicants must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of their application.
Required documents
  1. The applicant's home address and the place in the UAE that the applicant will stay on his/her visit with telephone numbers
  2. A clear photocopy of the personal details page of the applicant's passport.
  3. A scanned colour passport sized photograph of the applicant. All personal photos scanned with applications should be original, colour photographs with a white background (size: 3.5cm x 4cm)
  4. A copy of a valid professional indemnity insurance policy
  5. Statement describing the hearing for which the applicant is scheduled to appear

Kindly note that the above listed requirements are the standard requirements for the visa application and DIFC Immigration reserves the right to ask for others.

General Information
  • The application should be submitted with all the above full set of documents. Applications submitted with missing documents will not be accepted.
  • All information provided on applications will be treated with confidentiality.
  • Applicants are requested to ensure that they provide accurate information on all applications to avoid any delay. The DIFC Courts will not be responsible for any errors on Immigration documents due to the provision of inaccurate information.
  • Once a business visit visa permit is issued in the name of an applicant, he/she must enter the country within 30 calendar days from the date of issue.
  • The business visit visa is not renewable.
Category A

1. Citizens of the following countries are entitled to an on-arrival visit visa upon entry to the UAE:





Hong Kong




San Marino






South Korea

















New Zealand


2. Upon arrival, the applicant must liaise with the Academy of Law for the work permit to be processed and must, at that point, provide the Academy of Law with a copy of their entry visa into Dubai.

Category B
  • Applicants who cannot obtain an on-arrival visa must contact the DIFC Courts to issue the online business visit visa, which will be automatically deposited at Dubai International Airport.
  • The DIFC Courts will email the soft copy of business visit visa to the applicant. The applicant should print and carry the hard copy at the time of arrival in Dubai.
  • In order to apply for a new business visit visa, a period of at least one month should have passed since the applicant last exited Dubai.
Category A
Service Turnaround time Fees (US$)

Work Permit (30 days and 60 days)

3-day turnaround


Work Permit (30 days and 60 days)

1-day turnaround


Category B
Service Turnaround time Fees (US$)

Business Visit Visa (30 days)

4-day turnaround


Business Visit Visa (30 days)

2-day turnaround


Business Visit Visa (90 days)

4-day turnaround


Business Visit Visa (90 days)

2-day turnaround


  • Please note that the fee equivalents in UAE Dirhams will be calculated at the conversion rate of US$1: AED3.675.
  • All fees will be collected prior to processing. The visa will only be processed once payment is confirmed as received.
  • Payments are accepted in cash, cheque or wire transfer.

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The Dubai International Financial Centre and all its affiliates are committed to preserve the confidentiality, integrity and availability of client data and personal information.

Dubai International Financial Centre and all its affiliates employees, vendors, contract workers, shall follow Information Security Management System in all the processes and technology.

  1. DIFC Courts's Top Management is committed to secure information of all our interested parties.
  2. Information security controls the policies, processes, and measures that are implemented by DIFC Courts in order to mitigate risks to an acceptable level, and to maximize opportunities in order to achieve its information security objectives.
  3. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall adopt a systematic approach to risk assessment and risk treatment.
  4. DIFC Courts is committed to provide information security awareness among team members and evaluate the competency of all its employees.
  5. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall protect personal information held by them in all its form.
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  7. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall provide a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan encompassing the locations within the scope of the ISMS.
  8. Information shall be made available to authorised persons as and when required.
  9. DIFC Courts’s Top Management is committed towards continual improvement in information security in all our processes through regular review of our information security management system.


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