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Good conduct record to be must for housemaids to enter UAE

 

DUBAI – Housemaids and domestic workers in the UAE will soon be required to have a certificate of good conduct in order to enter the UAE, the Minister of Labour announced on Tuesday (June 30).

“A decision was issued from the Cabinet in this regard, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation is coordinating its application with the concerned parties,” said Nasser Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

In a meeting with the Federal National Council (FNC), Al Hamli said the certification is being implemented on a trial basis with nannies and housemaids arriving from Kenya.

“The measure has already been applied to Kenyan housemaids but it will come into force in phases,” he said.

The Minister of Labour said that the requirement will be extended to domestic workers of other nationalities, who will need to get the certificate from their home country.

Al Hamli was responding to a question by FNC member Kifah Al Zaabi on what the UAE is doing to check the criminal history and mental health of foreign domestic workers in the country following a number of crimes involving housemaids.

The minister said that housemaids will also be screened for mental health before they are permitted to work in the UAE.

“We included [mental health checks] as a condition in international agreements signed recently,” the minister said, adding that agreements have been signed with more than 13 countries. ICA/Expat Media


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