Back when the UAE government announced that it was introducing ‘good conduct and behavior certificate‘ requirements for expats, it was reported that the security check wouldn’t be needed for people already working in Dubai or any other emirate.
But now it’s come to light that, actually, UAE expats who want to switch jobs will also need a certificate to get their new visas issued.
Just to remind you, the certificate acts as proof that you have no criminal record from the past five years. If you’re coming in as a new expat from your home country, you’ll need to provide one from your local police service to show that you don’t have a criminal record back home.
But if you’ve been in the UAE for the last five years, you can get one from the local police. To get the good conduct certificate in the UAE before switching jobs, it’s actually pretty straightforward. Here’s how to get a certificate from Dubai Police.
The idea is that the background checks will allow the UAE government to ensure safety and security in the country.
Like any other certificate, certificates originating from abroad need to be attested. To do that, you’re advised to visit UAE missions abroad or present your certificates at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation’s Customer Happiness Centres.
For now, those looking to renew their work permits in any emirate, or are Filipino or Indonesian, are not required to present a good conduct certificate.
However, by June 1, the government has said that the good conduct and behavior certificate will be applied to all domestic workers in the UAE, too.