Good conduct certificate in UAE suspended 01/04/2018 Pm
Good conduct certificate in UAE suspended
Indian consulate general tweets out statement after UAE ministry issues, then deletes, announcement that the requirement has been put on hold.
The requirement of good conduct certificate in the UAE has been suspended, the Consulate General of India in Dubai confirmed in a tweet.
"It is confirmed that we have received communication from Government of UAE, that good conduct certificate for employment visas is temporarily suspended," the CGI said on its official Twitter handle.
"This is a very welcome development that will remove the uncertainties that had emerged since the requirement for a good conduct certificate was introduced in February. We continue to work closely with our friends in the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation to ensure a streamlined and orderly process for recruitment of Indian workers and professionals into UAE," Navdeep Singh Suri, Ambassador of India to the UAE, told Khaleej Times.
The consulate's announcement comes after the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) announced in a series of tweets that it had postponed the good conduct certificate requirement till "further notice", following which it took down the tweets.
"Kindly note that the good conduct certificate is postponed from the first of April till further notice," the MOHRE had replied to queries from residents.
The tweets were later removed. When Khaleej Times reached out to the ministry for confirmation, a source denied an official confirmation from the ministry yet, stating that the tweet was "an error".
No press statement has been released by the ministry.
On the same day, during a phone call with a customer service agent from the Dubai Police call centre (one of the authorities tasked with processing applications for good conduct certificates), a representative told Khaleej Timesthat all decisions regarding the certificates were a "Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) matter, not a Dubai Police matter".
However, she did state that some confused callers had called the centre saying they had read information elsewhere stating that there was now "no need for the certificate", but reiterated to Khaleej Times that the ministry had not officially communicated this information to Dubai Police as yet.
As of February 4, the government announced that newcomers to the country would need to provide a good conduct certificate or police clearance certificate before they seek a job in the UAE.
When the decision was announced, the committee in charge of implementing the Cabinet resolution said the action fell under the framework of the efforts of the UAE government to create "a safer and more sustainable society".
The tweets on Sunday come barely two days after the ministry refuted rumours that the certificate was no longer needed for certain nationalities.
"There are no updates on the PCC (police clearance certificate) till now. It is required for Indian applicants. If there are any updates they will be shared on the official channels," the department said on Twitter last week.
The announcement had come following rumours that PCC was no longer a requirement for job seekers from nine countries: India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya, Bangladesh, Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal and Nigeria.
The certificate must be issued by the country of origin of the person, or the country where he/she has been residing in 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 for the worker concerned and not his/her dependents. Those coming to the country on visit, tourist or student visas needn't get the certificate either.
Earlier, speaking to Khaleej Times, a Dubai Police official said that 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".
However, the official clarified that the certificate is not mandatory if an existing resident is switching jobs within the country. "But it's up to the employer if they still want a certificate of good conduct issued by the local police from the employee."