UAE to introduce ‘Good Conduct’ requirement for expat workers

Certificate will be essential to securing work visas in the country

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Workers uprooting to the UAE will be required to provide proof of their ‘good conduct’ under a new scheme coming into force next month.

The Good Conduct and Behaviour Certificate – which is to be issued by the applicants home country or place of residence for the past five years – will be a main condition of receiving a work visa from February 4.

The move was rubber-stamped by the Coordination Committee to Execute Cabinet Resolution No. (1/8#) for 2017, according to Government news agency WAM.

The committee added that the certificate must also be certified by the UAE’s missions abroad or through the attestation centre of the customer happiness centres of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The body, which includes representatives of government authorities, explained that the requirement has been introduced in a bid to safeguard the safety of the country and make it one of the most peaceful in the world.

The certificate will only needed to be provided by the worker themselves and not to dependant family members.

People visiting the UAE as tourists will not be asked to provide the documentation.

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