How to apply Good Conduct Certificate for UAE Job Visa

Expatriates applying for a job in the UAE must first obtain a certificate of good conduct in order to be issued a work permit, a UAE government body has announced. The new rule will take effect on February 4, 2018.

As per a decision of the Council of Ministers No. (1/8) of 2017, which has been adopted recently by the Dubai Police Coordination Committee, the applicant should provide the certificate from the home country or from the country of residence where the person has been residing during the last five years. This should be certified by the UAE missions abroad or attestation centres of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of International Cooperation.

Long-term residents in the UAE who are looking for a new visa can apply to Dubai Police or Abu Dhabi Police for a certificate. Now to make the process simpler, Dubai Police posted a link on their official Twitter account through which the certificate can be applied online.
In addition, the applications can be made using the Dubai Police app which can be accessed on all smartphones and is available in English and Arabic. Here, an individual has to enter his/her name along with the identity card number to initiate the process. The fee to obtain the certificate for UAE resident expats is Dh220.

The 'certificate of good conduct' should be issued by the country of origin of the person or the country where he has been living for the past five years. It should then be ratified by the state's mission, as well as the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The certificate will only be applicable to the worker concerned and not his/her dependents. Those coming to the country on a visit or tourist visas do not require the certificate either.

Documentations required

Valid Emirates ID

Active e-mail address

Service Fee

Certificate - UAE National - Dh100

Certificate - Resident - Dh200

Certificate - From outside the country - Dh300

Knowledge fee - Dh10

Innovation fee - Dh10

Where to apply

(Channel Name - Timing - Period to finish the request)

1. Dubai Police Website - Internet - (24h/7days) - 5 minutes

2. Dubai Police Smart Apps (24h/7days) - 5 minutes

3. Call center 901 (Only Inquiries) - (24h/7days) - 5 minutes

4. Offices 7.30 am to 2.30 pm (Sunday to Thursday) - 15 minutes

Lufthansa to hire 8,000 workers in 2018

German airline group Lufthansa said, it plans to hire more than 8,000 people in 2018, the latest step in a relentless push for growth at one of Europe's largest carriers.

Taking into account workers leaving the company, a Lufthansa spokesman told AFP that the net effect of the hiring spree would be "several thousand" new jobs -- an increase on the roughly 3,000 who started work last year.

More than half of the new employees will be flight attendants.

As well as its own blue-and-yellow liveried fleet, Lufthansa owns a slew of smaller airlines, including no-frills Eurowings, Swiss Air, Austrian and Brussels Airlines.

Some 2,500 of the new hires will go to Lufthansa proper, while 2,700 take up jobs at Eurowings.

The subsidiary has been the focus of Lufthansa's expansion, as chief executive Carsten Spohr seeks to ward off the challenge from low-cost competitors like Ireland's Ryanair or UK-based Easyjet.

In December, the group received the European Commission's approval to buy up a large chunk of bankrupt competitor Air Berlin, including 33 leased planes and prized landing slots at busy German airports.

But it had to offer concessions to allay the top EU competition authority's concerns, giving up plans to buy Air Berlin's Austrian subsidiary, Niki.

Good Conduct Certificate rule for new Job Visas in the UAE

Job seekers applying for new work visas in the UAE will be subjected to security background checks, official sources. According to a source, the UAE Government will start background checks of foreign workers from February 4th. It means candidates applying for their first job in the UAE will have to produce certificates of good conduct.

“The security screening of job candidates means that they will have to produce good conduct certificates from their home countries, or the country, or countries, of their residence for work, or study, for the past five years,” an official source told. The screening is applicable only to new work visas. The source said the move was adopted after many Labour cases showed some foreign workers had involved in criminal offences or wanted for their home countries.

“The security vetting is a means of judging a job candidate’s past mistakes, character, and fitness, and to identify potential hiring risks for safety and security reasons and to ensure the safety and security of the employees as well as their public and private employers,” the source said. The criminal history checks will be applicable to all job candidates including domestic workers.

The source clarified if the applicant for a work permit has lived and worked in more than one country in the past five years, a certificate of good conduct from each country must be produced. “For residents born and lived in the UAE until they apply for a job, they will not be required to present a good conduct certificate,” the source said.

However, the source said, those born and lived in the UAE for a while but left for home or another country before applying for a job, must produce a good conduct certificate from their home country or the country of their residence for work, or study, for the past five years.

The good conduct certificates must be certified by the UAE’s missions abroad or attested at customer happiness centres of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The security screening is only mandatory for job candidates but not their dependents or family members.The certificate is not required for tourists, students and people who come to the UAE on medical or mission visas, issued for the purpose of temporary work in the country for three months and can be renewed for a similar period.

A committee made up of representatives of the ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs and Human Resources and Emiratisation said in a statement the new procedure was part of the UAE Government’s efforts to create a more secure community. It said this condition was “part of the process of updating and developing government policies, to achieve the highest level of security for those residing in the country, in a secure, peaceful and happy community”.

Conducting background security checks on foreign workers was approved in principle by the Cabinet in October 2016.

Stricter security checks on foreign workers were invited on the wake of many controversial crimes committed by foreigners including the case of a Jordanian man who was found guilty of kidnapping, raping and murdering an eight-year-old boy in 2016.

Hamad Al Rahoumi, a member of the Federal National Council, who pressed for security vetting being conducted on foreign workers, said there are more than 4.5 million expatriate workers living and working in the UAE, which requires background checks for any past criminal activity.

“The UAE wants to make sure every worker is free of a criminal record — regardless of wherever they come from,” Al Rahoumi said. “If a job candidate has committed a crime in his/her home country and the person has a criminal record, there is no way for us to know unless there is security vetting,” Al Rahoumi said.

Al Rahoumi said he did not feel safe without knowing the background of each worker. He wanted to make sure every chauffeur that drives his family’s car is free of a criminal record. “It comes down to authorities conducting security checks before issuing work permits,” he said.

The good conduct certificate will be produced on applying for a job visa, issued by residency departments to foreigners who wish to work for a company in the UAE upon the approval of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

The visa allows the holders to enter the UAE once and is valid for two months from the date of issue. When the employee has entered the country on the basis of the job visa, the sponsoring company will arrange to complete the formalities of medical and stamping his residence within 60 days.

The heads of the Indian, Bangladeshi and Indonesian mission welcomed the development but said they need to get a clear idea of its modalities.

Navdeep Singh Suri, the Indian Ambassador to the UAE, said: “‘We have taken note of the media reports on the requirement of a good conduct certificate. We would need to get a clear idea of the modalities involved for the workers before we can offer a substantive comment.”

Mohammad Imran, Bangladeshi Ambassador to the UAE, said: “We welcome this move as we hope that this will address any concerns the UAE authorities may have about Bangladeshi job seekers. However, we also hope that the procedure will be a simple one.”

Husin Bagis, the Indonesian Ambassador to the UAE, said: “The embassy understands the aim and spirit of the new regulation. We hope that its implementation will not hamper or burden qualified job seekers to meet the demands of the UAE’s labour market.”

Auto Engineers likely to be in demand this year

The next technology revolution in the automobile sector--autonomous or driverless vehicles--is likely to increase demand for engineers and other tech specialists over the next three years. The sector is likely to employ about 110,000 engineers, up from about 70,000 now, by 2020, according to estimates by experts, including Nasscom. Most of the fresh hires would be for cutting-edge automated technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics, cognitive solutions and machine learning.

Companies such as TVS Motors, Tata Motors India, Continental India, Mahindra & Mahindra and Mercedes Benz are aggressively hiring engineers. Tata Motors is likely to add 400 in the coming year. It has more than 3,000 engineers and scientists at its R&D centres working on innovative technologies, said Gajendra Chandel, chief HRO.

Continental India plans to add 800 engineers to its team of about 2,400. "We are betting high on India and have made substantial investments in the country. We will continue to grow along with the market," said the head of human resources Marcel Verweinen.

To be sure, most of these jobs will go to well-qualified recruits from top schools. India has a surfeit of graduates passing out from a vast number of engineering colleges, many of whom companies deem ill-suited to the roles they need to fill and will, therefore, find it difficult to get jobs.

Continental carries out R&D at units in Bengaluru, Pune, Manesar and Chennai, developing advanced automotive technology and provides global support. M&M is looking to add another 300 engineers from campuses in the next few months.

There are 515,000 people employed in R&D and engineering across all sectors, as per to Nasscom estimates, of which 15% are in the automotive industry. "Auto R&D and engineering are one of the top three domains witnessing highest growth within R&D and engineering domain in India," said Ashok Pamidi, senior director at Nasscom.
 
The other two are telecom and semiconductors. In the past few years, global auto giants including Mercedes, BMW, Renault, Suzuki, Honda, Volvo and Robert Bosch have set up specific R&D units in India for global requirements. Even homegrown companies such as M&M, Maruti Suzuki, Hero MotoCorp and Tata Motors have ambitious R&D plans.
 
"It seems that in the next couple of years, each of the existing automobile R&D facilities could double manpower," said Rituparna Chakraborty, co-founder of TeamLease, which provides employment-related services.

Other profiles that will be in demand include big data analyst, business transformation consultant, blockchain developer, full stack developer, visual effects artists, computer vision engineers, AI research scientist, automobile analytics engineer etc. Entry-level salaries in the sector start at.`6 lakh per annum. "India is a perfect market that ensures easy availability of high-quality engineers and a relatively young workforce," said Verweinen.

"India has moved up the value chain to become a provider of critical R&D in advanced technologies for most industries in addition to the advantage of cost arbitrage it offers."

TVS Motor Co. senior vice president R Ananda Krishnan said, "We are early adopters of technology and have been investing in technologies such as the Internet of Things, machine learning, deep learning amongst others. Demand for tech talent to lead research and operational work would rise in the years to come."

Hiring would not only be limited to engineers but also software specialists, Verweinen said. Indian automation industry is expected to reach .`19,700 crores by 2020 and a big part of it is going to be in an automobile, said Anviti Sangwan, HR director, Adecco India.

How to apply Good Conduct Certificate for UAE Job Visa

Expatriates applying for a job in the UAE must first obtain a certificate of good conduct in order to be issued a work permit, a UA...