Expats seeking jobs in the UAE will have to first obtain a certificate of good conduct to be issued a work permit as of February 4, the UAE Coordination Committee has announced.
According to the committee, the rule, which follows the approval of a 2017 cabinet resolution, means that the good conduct certificate must be issued by the applicant’s home country or five-year country of residency.
The certificate then needs to be approved by the UAE’s diplomatic mission in the country, or at the attestation facilities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s customer happiness centres.
The committee noted that the decision stems from the government’s desire to ensure the safety of the community.
The rule will not apply to a job applicant’s dependents or to tourists, the committee added.
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