Starting from 1 April 2018, the Certificate of Good has been suspended. Until further notice, it is not a requirement to apply for a UAE employment visa.
A Certification of Good Conduct is a police document demonstrating a person’s criminal history or convictions. Starting from 4 February 2018, it has been a mandatory requirement for a UAE employment visa.
An expatriate applying for an employment visa to work in the UAE, had first to obtain a Certificate of Good Conduct. The certificate would be issued either by his home country or the country where he lived for the last five years. The certificate must then be attested by UAE diplomatic missions abroad or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This means, any expatriate coming to the UAE as a new employee, must get a Certificate of Good Conduct first, before his UAE employment visa can be issued.
Complaints about visa delays
Now, the requirement of a Good Conduct Certificate for UAE employment visas has been postponed until further notice. The ministry decision to suspend the Good Conduct Certificate was made because of several complaints. In some countries, the process of obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct is long and involves many authorities. Various businesses were unable to process employment visas properly and the process of getting the certificate delayed the visa applications. Therefore, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) decided to suspend the requirement.
During the suspension, the ministry will be studying the procedures for acquiring the certificate. They are planning to standardize and speed up the process. The new requirement of a Good Conduct Certificate was supposed to achieve the highest level of security for those residing in the UAE and not to have a negative impact on doing business in the UAE.
As for now, there is no need to attach a Certificate of Good Conduct to any employment visa application. The ministry has not yet announced when the need for the Certificate of Good Conduct will be reinstated. However, we will continue to update you as this story develops.