COMPLETE GUIDE 2019

Ajman Free Zone Authority

PROS OF AJMAN FREE ZONE COMPANY

— Fast registration – License in one day

— Chamber of commerce membership upon company setup

— Multiple installments plan: pay for AFZA license in 2, 3 or 6 installments

— Sea port and warehouses within Ajman free trade zone

— Unlimited usage of flexi desk

— General trading activity with non-visa package – the cheapest in the UAE

CONS OF AJMAN FREE ZONE COMPANY

— Professional service license in AFZA can have only 1 business activity

— High deposits in immigration in case a woman is sponsoring dependents

— Maximum 2 visas per license with flexi desk

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Ajman Free Zone Review

AFZA is quite a well-known zone, which has some unique features that are not available elsewhere. Even if you are planning to start a business in UAE free zone, it is worth checking Ajman free trade zone. 

Benefits

The most attractive offer from AFZA is a so-called multiple installment payment plan for the company registration. It means that you can get your company registered by paying only part of the government fees for it - you can opt for 2, 3 or 6 installments. It is really convenient for those who are looking for a low budget startup. AFZA is the only free zone which has such a payment plan.

License requirements

Keep in mind that there are certain conditions set by Ajman free zone authority to be met. Most important one – the payment should be provided by post-dated checks from a UAE bank. So if you go for 3 installments for Ajman free zone license, you can pay the initial one by cash and provide the remaining payments by 2 checks on the day of application for the company. If you come from abroad, of course you won’t have any checks from a UAE bank. In this case you can use the checks of a friend or a relative, for example, but AFZA will ask him to sign a no objection letter to use his checkbook. Apart from that, you need to provide past 3 months bank statement as a proof of having substantial funds.

Free zone facilities

Company can be formed in 1 day. Personal visit of the owners is required for company setup. Ajman free zone smart office always comes as a part of company setup package. 

Ajman provides Chamber of commerce membership together with company registration, so in case you need it, Ajman is the fastest way to get it.

License renewal

Company renewal is done annually as usual. The cost will be exactly the same as the cost of incorporation. Trading companies need to provide audit report. Renewal can be also paid by multiple installments.

Business setup packages

AFZA has non-visa and visa packages. Ajman free zone visa packages without physical office limit you to a maximum of 2 resident visas per company. If you need more than that, you need to rent an office in Ajman. Non-visa General Trading license is one of the cheapest in UAE.

The free zone has a port and offers brand-new warehouses, but the number is quite limited, so most of the times you’ll need to wait until a warehouse becomes available.

Drawbacks

If you are a woman who is planning to setup a company and sponsor children or other dependents, you might find a cheaper option, because Ajman immigration will require 20 000 AED as a deposit, which is almost as much as the company setup will cost you.

Registration documents for company formation

The set of documents you get after company formation is quite small - you receive only a trade license, chamber of commerce membership certificate and a lease agreement of your flexi-desk, which by the way has unlimited usage. If you have more than 1 owner in the company, you will also get Articles of Association, however, there is an additional fee of 1000 AED for this document. If you need any extra documents such as Shares Certificate or MoA, they need to be ordered separately.

Our advise

Overall, we extremely recommend Ajman to those who want to get a company formed with low initial budget, who need Chamber of commerce membership or want a very quick UAE company setup on the same day.

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FREELANCE LICENSE COSTS IN AJMAN FREE ZONE

FREELANCE LICENCE

LICENSE TYPE VISAS INCLUDED TOTAL COST
Freelance package no visa AED 9,950 $2,750 download breakdown
Freelance package 1 visa AED 15,753 $4,350 download breakdown

PIONEER LICENSE COSTS IN AJMAN FREE ZONE

For young entrepreneurs of the age 20-30

UP TO 1 VISAS COMPANY

LICENSE TYPE VISAS INCLUDED TOTAL COST
Pioneer package no visa AED 9,060 $2,500 download breakdown
Pioneer package 1 visa AED 14,863 $4,100 download breakdown

TRADING LICENSE COSTS IN AJMAN FREE ZONE

UP TO 2 VISAS COMPANY

LICENSE TYPE VISAS INCLUDED TOTAL COST
Trading license + Flexi Desk no visa AED 18,310 $5,050 download breakdown
Trading license + Flexi Desk 1 visa AED 24,113 $6,650 download breakdown
Trading license + Flexi Desk 2 visas AED 37,900 $10,400 download breakdown

SERVICE LICENSE COSTS IN AJMAN FREE ZONE

UP TO 2 VISAS COMPANY

LICENSE TYPE VISAS INCLUDED TOTAL COST
Service license + Flexi desk no visa AED 20,910 $5,750 download breakdown
Service license + Flexi desk 1 visa AED 26,713 $7,350 download breakdown
Service license + Flexi desk 2 visas AED 40,500 $11,100 download breakdown

GENERAL TRADING LICENSE COSTS IN AJMAN FREE ZONE

UP TO 2 VISAS COMPANY

LICENSE TYPE VISAS INCLUDED TOTAL COST
General Trading + Flexi Desk no visa AED 23,510 $6,450 download breakdown
General Trading + Flexi Desk 1 visa AED 29,313 $8,050 download breakdown
General Trading + Flexi Desk 2 visas AED 43,100 $11,850 download breakdown

DOCUMENTS FOR AJMAN FREE ZONE COMPANY SETUP

DOCUMENTS

PROCEDURE

INDIVIDUAL SHAREHOLDER

  • - Passport
  • - Passport size photo
  • - NOC from sponsor for UAE visa holders
  • - Description of business
  • 1 day- Visit AFZA for company formation
  • 1-3 weeks- Establishment card
  • 1 week- Entry permit
  • 1 day- Medical Check-Up and Emirates ID
  • 4 days- Visa stamping

Top 10 questions about Ajman Free Zone company

  • Should I pay any tax if I carry out the business in Ajman free zone?

    Ajman free zone just like the rest of the UAE is exempted from any income or corporate tax. The only taxes which may occur are: 

    1. Import tax 5% of you import any goods from abroad and take them to the mainland from the free zone
    2. VAT in case your company falls under it

    There are no other taxes, which may apply to your Ajman free zone company. 

  • If l register a company in Ajman free zone, can l live and have a bank account in Dubai?

    Yes, you can have a company registered outside Dubai, but reside in Dubai or any other Emirate. You do not have to live in the same Emirate where your visa belongs to. You can also have a bank account in a Dubai branch of any UAE bank of your choice.

  • How to buy a company in Ajman free zone?

    If you found a company which you want to buy, first of all you need to agree about terms and conditions of the sale-purchase deal with the current shareholder(s). 

    After that both of you need to come to AFZA with the original documents of the company and apply for the procedure "Shares transfer". It usually takes about 3 weeks. Upon completion, you will get amended company documents with new shareholding details. You will also need to change the Establishment card of the company after the shares transfer if the company is eligible for resident visas.

  • Is AFZA a designated free zone and what does it mean?

    Yes, Ajman free zone is a designated one from the point of view of VAT. It means that if a company registered in such a free zone sells the goods to a company in another designated free zone, such transaction is going to be free of VAT.

  • How long may I stay out of UAE in order to keep my resident visa valid?

    If your visa status is Investor, you are allowed to stay out of UAE 12 months and enter UAE every 365 days in order to maintain your visa. 

    If your visa status is other than Investor, you have to enter UAE every 6 months to keep the visa valid.

    In case you fail to come or overstay abroad, your visa will be cancelled automatically and you will need to apply for a new one.

  • How difficult is to close an Ajman free zone company?

    Ajman free zone company liquidation can be done only after a personal application of a shareholder or a person having power of attorney from company owners.
    The process takes about 3 weeks. It consists of these major steps:

    Visa cancellation  (7-10 working days) - if there was a visa in the company.

    Establishment card cancellation (7-10 working days) - if it was a visa eligible company

    License cancellation

    The original documents of the company need to be returned to AFZA when you apply for company liquidation. They include:

    • License
    • Chamber of Commerce certificate
    • Lease Agreement
    • Articles of Association
    • Establishment card

    If you had a corporate bank account, it should be closed before applying for company liquidation. You should obtain a letter proof from the bank confirming that. 

    After the company is dissolved, you will get an official deregistration letter from the free zone as a formal confirmation of the liquidation.

  • Can Ajman free zone company hold its offices outside the free zone?

    The official office of the free zone company must be located within the premises of AFZA. You will not be able to rent a Dubai office under the license issued in Ajman.

    If you need to have a workspace or a meeting facility in Dubai, the best way would be to use a business center. You will be able to have flexible options starting from meeting room usage ending with executive serviced office of any required size. 

  • How shall I renew my AFZA license?

    The company in Ajman needs to be renewed annually. The cost of the renewal is exactly the same as the cost of license registration. 

    If your company is eligible for visas, you will also need to renew E-channel.

    Renewal can be done without the presence of the shareholder,  but you have to authorize someone to come to the free zone on your behalf to make the application. Original trade license will be required.  

    Time-frame of the renewal is 1-2 days.

  • What is the procedure for an Ajman Free Zone visa renewal?

    Visa renewal is similar to the new visa process, but costs cheaper and processing is slightly easier. In order to renew the visa you need to do new Medical check and re-apply for new Emirates ID. It should be done with your original passport and copy of the old visa, which should still be valid. Once the medical report is issued, just apply for new visa to the free zone counter and pay the fees for visa stamping only. 

    It’s recommended to start visa renewal about 2 weeks before the old visa expires.

  • How can I check my Ajman free zone residence visa validity?

    The visa validity is written on the visa itself. If you are a company owner, your visa would be valid for 3 years. If you are an employee, the validity is 2 years.

  • Can I get a license in Ajman free zone without flexi-desk if I don't need it?

    Flexi-desk always comes as a part of company setup package even if you are not planning to use it. It is mandatory that any company has at least a small physical space from where it can conduct the activities. The free zone is obliged to provide such a space regardless of your intentions of using it or not. 

  • How to check Ajman free zone visa status?

    If you are processing your resident visa and want to check the status, you may either call AFZA customer care line or check the updates on the free zone portal.

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