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New visa requirement for expats seeking employment in the UAE from 4th Feb 2018

31 January 2018

The UAE Coordination Committee has announced that from 4th February 2018, any expatriate seeking employment within the UAE, should acquire a Certificate of Good Conduct as a pre-requisite to being issued a work permit.

The Certificate should be issued by an expatriate’s home country, or the country in which the expatriate has resided for the past five years.

Additionally, on issuance, the expatriate should get the certificate attested either by the respective UAE Diplomatic Mission prior to the departure, or the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation on arrival.

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It is of importance to note that individuals retaining a valid work permit are currently not required to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct. Similarly, the Certificate is not required for individuals travelling to the UAE on tourist visas, nor is it a requirement for dependents. The new requirement will not be needed for visit and tourist visas.

The new rule comes as the UAE continues to push for a safe, secure environment in the country.  To make the process simple the Dubai Police have posted that the application can be done online through the Dubai Police website. The application is priced at Dh.220 per individual in case of a UAE resident, and Dh.320 in case of a non-resident. The website also advises of the requirements and contact details. 

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries

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