Five ways your startup can benefit from outsourcing PRO services

5 August 2019 Category :

The UAE is one of the world’s most attractive places to start a business, but the paperwork can be daunting, even for serial entrepreneurs.

Larger, cash-rich companies tend to employ Public Relations Officers (PROs) to deal with complex Governmental paperwork – but they don’t come cheap.

An attractive alternative for entrepreneurs is to outsource PRO services to a local specialist who knows the UAE inside out. This can be a cost effective and stress-free way to meet your admin and legal duties, leaving you to focus on making your business a success.

Here are five benefits of outsourcing PRO services:

1. Peace of mind
Remove the stress of dealing with Governmental documents

Free zone, mainland or offshore company formation in the UAE requires timely submission of legal documents to various state and local agencies.

Typically, entrepreneurs need to arrange visas, ID cards and UAE driving licences, police clearance and power of attorney, and various registrations. All this while trying to get a business off the ground.

Outsourcing to an Arabic-speaking, locally connected PRO service specialist provides peace of mind for two key reasons:

  • They are highly experienced dealing with government entities
  • They know the rules, latest updates, and how to comply

There are multiple benefits. You avoid the hassle of having to master various governmental and legal procedures. As a result, you will have more time to concentrate on growing your business.

A PRO outsourcing expert will know what to do and who to speak to. This helps avoid delays so you get your documents approved in less time. This, in turn, allows you to get your business up and running more quickly.

Failing to comply due to lack of knowledge or oversight could be disastrous for your company. Investing in a PRO specialist, could save you a fortune.

2. Visas arranged for you
Take away the hassle of obtaining visas for dependents

As well as obtaining your own visa, you will need to obtain or renew visas for your family and anybody you hire for your household such as a maid, nanny or driver.

These dependents’ visas require a fair bit of paperwork and many trips to government offices and clinics. The task of organising and gaining approval of these visas can be overwhelming when starting a business.

A PRO service can ensure all of the applications are completed correctly and on time, and that all the logistics are taken care of.

Your PRO specialist can handle every stage of the application process and make sure all the right documents are submitted. They can take care of:

  • Sponsorship of the dependents’ visas
  • Entry permits
  • Status adjustment
  • Medical fitness tests
  • Emirates ID registration
  • Visa stamping
  • And more.

Government.ae, the official portal of the UAE Government, makes it clear that it is illegal to work in the UAE with or without pay while being on a visit or tourist visa.

It says: “According to the UAE’s labour and residency laws, a person cannot work if he has not been issued a work permit and employment visa. Violators may be liable to fines and deportation.”

Being able to tap into specialist knowledge of the UAE and its visa requirements can take away the stress for you and your dependents, and free up your time to focus on core business activities.

3. Legal expertise when you need it
Let Arabic-speaking experts translate and attest your legal documents

The process of managing legal documents, records, and checking and completing legal paperwork can take a lot of time and effort.

With so much at stake when starting a new business in one of the world’s leading startup hubs, it’s vital that you fully understand every legal document.

Outsourcing to an Arabic-speaking PRO specialist to translate and attest your legal paperwork will help provide clarity and re-assurance that you are complying with government regulations. It will also help you avoid mistakes in interpretation of legal jargon.

4. Help with ID and vital documents
Avoid the stress of arranging ID, licenses, police clearance and power of attorney

Emirates ID card – an identity card for UAE’s citizens and residents – is a legal requirement for all UAE citizens and residents.

Importantly, it provides proof of identity to get government services. It is also used as a travel document for UAE citizens to travel within the GCC.

Your outsourced PRO can help you obtain or renew an ID card quickly and easily by ensuring the application form is completed correctly, and supported by the right documents.

It’s worth noting you can be fined AED 20 per day up to a maximum of AED 1,000 if you are late in submitting ID card applications so it pays to get it right the first time.

PRO outsource experts can also obtain a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) and provide power of attorney. Known as a ‘Good Conduct Certificate’, the PCC is a copy of your criminal record in the place you reside.

Similarly, they can take care of obtaining and renewing driving licenses and any other licenses you require to operate your business legally and effectively.

Outsourcing these services will save time and effort, and help you avoid being side-tracked from your business goals.

5. Easy access to business support services
Get help with Chamber of Commerce membership

Working with local experts doesn’t just give you peace of mind with visas, ID, licenses and legal documentation. It can also help you with speedy access to the Chamber of Commerce and other local services.

PRO specialists offer help with Chamber of Commerce membership and renewal as well as day-to-day business services such as couriers to deliver or collect those all-important documents.

It’s often the seemingly minor services that are the most frustrating to deal with when you busy setting up or growing a business. Outsourcing to a local PRO expert lets you rest assured that you can always get help when and where you need it without having to invest in a full-time PRO team.

Setting up your own business has never been easier. Virtuzone takes care of it all so you can focus on what matters – building your business. For more information about company formation in the UAE mainland or free zones, please call us on +971 4 457 8200, send an email info@vz.ae, or click here.

About the author: Saraa Gheewala is Head of Operations at Virtuzone.

About the author: Saraa Gheewala is Head of Operations at Virtuzone.

As a member of the Senior Management Team, Saraa manages all operations and customer relationship management across multiple offices while advising on strategic plans, their successful implementation and ensuring that the organization is aligned with government regulations and international best practice. Born in Ireland, Saraa started her career in financial services, working for HSBC in Dublin. After this, she moved to Pakistan where she worked as Business Development Manager, advising the board at a private company holding a portfolio of real estate and consumer based products and services. Prior to embarking on her career, Saraa graduated from University College Dublin with a BComm Honours degree in Banking and Finance.