The UAE has postponed the requirement for good conduct certificate until further notice.
In a series of tweets, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced: "Kindly note that the good conduct certificate is postponed from the first of April till further notice."
The tweets 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 good conduct certificate was made a mandatory requirement by UAE authorities in February this year.
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."
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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