Monday, April 2, 2018

Good conduct Certificate for Job visa suspended in UAE

The Ministry said on Twitter that "the good conduct certificate is postponed from the first of April until further notice", without elaborating. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) issued a circular in this regard to all Tasheel centres processing work permits and employment visas by Sunday noon.

“We would like to inform you of the decision of the Cabinet No. 20 (4) of 2018 of Session No. 4, which temporarily suspends the Cabinet decision (Ministerial Resolution) No. 1/8 of 2017 of Session No. 8 regarding the addition of the requirement to obtain a certificate of good conduct for expatriate workers who wish to obtain a work visa in the country, starting from 1 April 2018,” read the English translation of the Arabic circular.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation said the change was effective from Sunday, April 1.

The rule was introduced on February 4 and meant anyone moving to the UAE had to present a police document from their home nation demonstrating they had no criminal history or convictions.

That document had to cover the past five years. It was suggested that the checks would eventually be extended to anyone moving between jobs in the UAE as well.

Embassies have described being inundated with requests from their citizens and said they have struggled to understand the ins and outs of the new rules; some countries appear to have faced more problems than others.

Now that the certificate has been suspended until further notice, he said it is too early to say if job seekers should apply for it anyway to avoid last minute hassles once the certificate rule comes back into action.

In general, it is recommended for those who are considering job offers in the UAE within a few months’ time to apply on their own, but, he said, "it is not an easy process."

"You need to get through the police authorities, but definitely someone who is planning to move later could start. “The job markets are becoming competitive and the better documents you have, the better chances.”

The suspension of the certificate will continue so people will be able to process their work visas without complications.

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