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Government Services

Government Services

The Government Services Office in the DIFC serves as a single window service provider for obtaining employment and residency permits, driving license, alcohol license, and other government services required by DIFC clients

Established to extend the support of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), our offices offer a number of visa services, including Employment Visa, Visit Visa, Dependent Visa, and Non-DIFC Sponsored Employment services. DIFC entities can apply for any of the services offered by the Government Services Office such as new employment visa, renewal and cancellation.

Through our integrated client portal system, business entities can facilitate the submission of dependent visa packages and range of other optional services.

The Government Services Client Handbook and Fees is a detailed guide covering all requirements and procedures for employment and dependent visa related applications.

The handbook provides a comprehensive list of services offered by the office, including definition, application process, documents required for application, service fees and timeframe.

Employment Allocation

As part of our commitment to strengthening our partnerships with our valued clients, we have reviewed the space allocation for employees mentioned in the Personal Sponsorship Agreement according to best practice and the highest standards of governance and transparency.

The new allocation is as follow:


  • Business Centers
  • Kiosks
  • Fine dining and casual dining
  • Hotel
  • Others


  • 1 visa /desk 
  • 3 per kiosk
  • 60 sq. ft./person
  • 200 sq. ft./person
  • 80 sq. ft./person

Contact Government Services Help Desk for more information

Government Services Client Handbook & Price List

GSO Client Handbook and Fees - Employee Services
GSO Client Handbook and Fees - Dependent Services