Good Conduct Certificate for getting a job in the UAE

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The UAE is the place where people all over the world are eager to come. It is the country of possibilities for everyone.

And people visit the UAE not only for tourists purposes to see the variety of admirable attractions of the emirates, but also with the aim of getting a good job.

Good conduct certificate in the UAE came into effect from February 4, 2018.

It is applicable only to new work visas. The document is not required for expats already working or moving jobs.

So, for a working visa in the UAE a certificate of absence of criminal record is required.

The certificate must be issued in the country of origin of the person filing the documents, or in the country where the person lived for the last 5 years. The document must be ratified by the diplomatic mission of the state, as well as by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE.

So, if an expatriate comes to the UAE as a new employee, “he/she will have to get a good conduct certificate from his/her home country before the visa can be issued”.

Persons visiting the UAE for tourist purposes, or by invitation, do not need it.

Documents which are needed to apply for a good conduct certificate in the UAE:
Valid Emirates ID and an active email address.

The committee, which is the initiator of this amendment, consisting of representatives of several state bodies, declare that this measure was adopted as part of the strategy of the UAE to build a “safe and stable society”.

“Our main task is to make the UAE one of the safest countries in the world,” the committee’s representatives said.

One more important news for the expats working in the UAE.

The Federal Supreme Court of the United Arab Emirates confirmed that expats working for the state or in government agencies are eligible for benefits at the end of the service, even if this is not explicitly stipulated in their employment contracts.

The work of expatriates in administrative bodies or related institutions is governed by the terms of the employment contract.

The court added that, regardless of whether such provision is stipulated in the contract, the employee has the right to receive compensation. This right is announced in 114 of Law No. 11 of 2008 “On Personnel”.

This law was passed after the decision of the Supreme Court to dismiss the claim filed by the employee, who sought compensation after dismissal after four years of work.

Last year, the judicial bodies of Abu Dhabi considered about 10 thousand labor disputes.

Among the complaints : financial claims, complaints relating to non-payment of wages and overtime pay, as well as the refusal of employers to return the passports of employees after graduation can be identified.

The new law on compensation will help to avoid violations and appeals to the court.