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DUBAI – Expatriates applying for a work permit in the UAE will need to have a certificate of good conduct in order to be issued one, state news agency WAM reported.
The new requirement will be enforced beginning on February 4, according to a new Cabinet resolution approved by the UAE Coordination Committee.
The requirement for a good conduct certificate is applicable only to new work visas.
According to the new rule, expats applying for a work visa in the UAE must submit a certificate of good conduct issued by either by his home country or the country where he lived for five years.
If the applicant has lived and worked in multiple countries in the past five years, a certificate of good conduct from each country must be produced.
The certificate must then be attested by UAE diplomatic missions, or by the Customer Happiness Centres at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The certificate is not required from tourists, students and those coming to the UAE on medical or mission visas, the committee clarified.
Emiratis and residents born and raised in the UAE will not be required to present a good conduct certificate.
However, residents born in the UAE who left the country before applying for a job must present a good conduct certificate from their home country or the country of their residency for work, or study, for the past five years.
The certificate of good conduct will be used to apply for a new job visa issued by residency departments upon the approval of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. The visa is valid for two months and allows the employee to enter the UAE so that the sponsor can complete the formalities of the employee’s residence visa within 60 days.
The committee said that the move is part of the UAE government’s efforts to “create a safer society”. Stricter security checks on foreign workers were raised following crimes involving expatriates, including the case of a Jordanian man who kidnapped, raped and murdered an eight-year-old boy in 2016.
Hamad Al Rahoumi, a member of the Federal National Council, suggested security vetting on foreign workers.
“The UAE wants to make sure every worker is free of a criminal record — regardless of wherever they come from,” Al Rahoumi said. “If a job candidate has committed a crime in his or her home country and the person has a criminal record, there is no way for us to know unless there is security vetting.” DAJ/Expat Media
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