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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

UAE to introduce 'good conduct certificate' requirement for work visa​​​​​​​s

The certificates should be issued by an applicant's home country, or the country of their residency for the past five years

Sweeping new changes will allow skilled professionals to obtain 10-year visas, among other things. Andrew Parsons / The National
Sweeping new changes will allow skilled professionals to obtain 10-year visas, among other things. Andrew Parsons / The National

People coming to the UAE to work will need to obtain a "good conduct and behaviour certificate" from their home country.

The requirement will be mandatory from February 4.

According to WAM, the UAE state news agency, the "Co-ordination Committee to execute Cabinet Resolution No (1/8#) for 2017" said the certificate should be issued from the applicant’s home country or the country of their residency for the past five years.

It must also be certified by the UAE’s missions abroad or attested at customer happiness centres of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.

The committee said the requirement was only mandatory for people working in the UAE and not their dependents or family members.

The certificate is not required for tourists.

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The committee said the new procedure was part of the UAE Government’s efforts to create a more secure community. It said this condition was "part of the process of updating and developing government policies, to achieve the highest level of security for those residing in the country, in a secure, peaceful and happy community".