Last month, the UAE government announced that expats will soon need to supply a ‘good conduct and behavior certificate’ if they wanted to obtain a work visa. And this week, that rule came into force.
Just to remind you, the certificate is a report from the police in your home country (or the country of which you’ve been a resident for the last five years), stating that you don’t have a criminal record.
But it’s now come to light that, if you’ve already got a UAE work visa, and you want to switch jobs, you won’t need to provide a certificate – for the moment, anyway.
In fact, immigration officials have said that, for now, the new rule will only apply to those moving to the UAE from another country. This means that, if you’re already in the UAE and you want a new work visa with a new company, you won’t need to provide the certificate.
However, according to a report in The National, it could eventually become a requirement for current UAE residents to provide the certificate when moving jobs.
For now, though, it seems as if the new system is simply there to ensure that the UAE’s new joiners are free of criminal histories.