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From February 4: Certificate good conduct must for UAE work visa applicants

Abu Dhabi: People who want to work in the UAE will need to obtain a certificate of good conduct as a pre-requisite to be issued a work permit.

The new rule will take effect from February 4, 2018.

The UAE Coordination Committee approved a Cabinet Resolution issued in 2017 stipulating that expatriates who apply for work in the UAE must first obtain a certificate of good conduct — issued by either by his home country or the country where he lived for five years.

The certificate must then be attested by Emirati diplomatic missions, or oversees Customer Happiness Centres at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The committee, which consists of  members representing relevant UAE government bodies, said the move comes as part of efforts to create a safer society and keep its leading role.

The rule also stems from the UAE’s belief in the importance of protecting community members and ensuring they enjoy a safe life, making the UAE as one of the most secure countries in the world.

The committee clarified that the certificate is not required from those who come to the country on a visit or tourist visa.

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