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Using fake degrees in UAE will soon land you in jail, fined up to Dh500,000

 

DUBAI – The UAE has passed a draft law that will impose a jail term and a hefty fine on those who use fake degrees to get jobs in the emirate.

The Federal National Council (FNC) passed the draft law on Tuesday. Under the draft law, jobseekers who use fake degrees will face two years in jail and a fine of up to Dh500,000.

Those who unknowingly use a fake degree will be fined up to Dh30,000 and sentenced to up to three months in jail.

Recruiters and employers who accept fake degrees will be fined between Dh100,000 and Dh1 million and be sentenced to jail of up to two years.

Counterfeiters and their accomplices will also be fined between Dh500,000 and Dh1 million and spend up to two years in jail.

FNC member Nasser Al Yamahi said the draft law has become necessary following the rise in the number of unlicensed academic institutes abroad.

“This has become a worldwide trend, and not just in the UAE,” Al Yamahi said, adding that the crime is currently not being prosecuted by existing laws “so it became necessary to have a comprehensive legislation for it”. ICA/Expat Media

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