UAE to introduce new work visa regulations

The United Arab Emirates has announced major changes to the country’s visa system, with the bulk of new requirements affecting expat workers.

As part of a new set of security checks for expats arriving in the UAE, prospective workers will need to obtain a “Good Conduct and Behaviour Certificate” – effectively proof that they do not possess a criminal record.

According to reports in The National, an Abu Dhabi-based newspaper, the strict new checks will come into effect on 4 February, with all those seeking a UAE work visa subject to clearance.

A government spokesman said the new rules will “help safeguard the country’s national security and create a safer community.” British citizens who are planning to emigrate can apply to the ACRO Criminal Records Office for a certificate detailing any previous convictions on file.

Christopher Copper-Ind
Christopher Copper-Ind is Publisher and Editor of International Investment. His previous publishing experience focused largely on the Middle East and emerging markets, and he was Editorial Director of The Business Year, based in Istanbul, for three years before moving back to London in 2017. He is the author of How to Negotiate, to be published by Macmillan in 2019.

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