How to Issue Establishment Card in UAE

Author: Ankita Datta | Guide: UAE |

The immigration officials of the Emirate in which your business is registered provide the establishment card. This card provides the business name, the name of the owner or sponsors, contact details, the card number, and the expiration date. Look at the linked article to know how to start a business in Dubai. Hence, let's look at the steps to issue establishment card in UAE.

Issuance of establishment card

Issue Establishment Card in UAE In 5 Easy Steps

Step 1: Go to the UAE jobs page: Firstly visit the UAE jobs page of the Official Portal of the UAE Government. You will find the link to the page here.

  • Also, you can copy and paste this link and search for it on your device.
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Step 2: Tap on the Expatriates' option: The UAE jobs page will open. You will find a lot of options there.

  • Scroll down to search for the option "Expatriates' employment in the private sector".
  • Once, you find the option, tap on it.
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Step 3: Tap on services for the employer: The Expatriates' employment in the private sector page will open up. Under the sub-heading Related eServices you will find a lot of options.

  • You have to choose the first option which says "Services for the employer".
  • To choose, tap on the option.
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Step 4: Search for the services: The services page of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation opens up in a new window. Search for the service from the search bar. Beside the search bar, there is an option to choose the service for general, employer, or employee. Choose as you wish.

  • Tap on the option that says “Issue establishment card”.
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Step 5: Tap on start service: Once, you select the service you want then you will find the option Start Service below it. Tap on it.

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Having an establishment card is extremely necessary as it contains details about your company. Hence, follow the steps given above to issue an establishment card in UAE.


How can I obtain a business establishment card?

The Immigration Authority of the Emirate in which your company is listed issues the company establishment card.

What is the function of an establishment card?

CED is for Company Establishment Card, while CIC stands for Company Immigration Card. This card is essential for GDRF registration. It enables a firm to hire overseas workers and seek international investors, collaborators, and employment visas.

How long does it take to obtain a business card?

Please submit the immigration branch. If your card is urgent, it will be delivered the same day; else, it will take 2 to 3 working days.

What are the drawbacks of a golden visa in the UAE?

You can get Golden Visa mostly through owning real estate worth more than €500,000. If the individual does not have this amount, the residency permit will be revoked. Also, learn the benefits of the Dubai Golden Visa.

What exactly is a Labour establishment card?

Ministry of Labour grants the Labor establishment Card. It allows a corporation to hire people, receive work permits, and apply for visas on their behalf. The card confirms that the corporation has a valid registration with the Ministry of Labour. 

The above faqs contain some more information regarding establishment cards. Hence, go through them.

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