Certificate of good conduct required for UAE visa application

From February 4, it will be mandatory to acquire a Certificate of Good Conduct (background check clearance) before submitting a work/resident permit application. The certificate must be legalised and then attested by the UAE Embassy in the home country or country of residence; then the attested certificate should be stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in the UAE. This will, according to Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs of the Dubai Police, help reduce and prevent crime in the country. It will also help those involved in financial cases to clear their names and return to work or residing in the UAE.

The decision by the Council of Ministers No. (⅛) of 2017, which has been adopted by the Dubai Police Coordination Committee, requires the visa applicant to provide this certificate from the country they have been residing in for the last 5 years. The application should be certified by the UAE missions abroad or attestation centres of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as part of International Cooperation.

Al Mansouri stated that the applicants must have no criminal record or precedents as a prevention method for the UAE. He says that this strategy will help stop criminals from moving to the UAE and stressed the importance of protecting society and its’ members.

With increasing number of bouncing cheques, Lt. Col. Rashid bin Zabawi Al Falasi, director of the criminal investigation department (CID) of the Dubai Police, said that any person involved in this sort of case can give a good conduct certificate after the case has been settled. The police will also give the individual a chance to resolve the financial issue, thereby giving them another chance to stay in the country. He added that a large number of residents and citizens have been involved in credit card and loan defaults. However, they can apply for a new good conduct certificate if they can prove they have received another job opportunity and they are willing to pay their dues. Al Falasi adds, as per UAE law, those who have committed certain serious crimes, will not be given a good conduct certificate.