Tuesday, 20 February 2018

How To Get Good Conduct Certificate In UAE

As of February 4, the government will require those moving to the UAE to work to produce a new document: a 'good conduct and behaviour certificate' or police clearance letter.
The term varies between countries but it must be proof that you have never committed a criminal offence. 

Good Conduct Certificate Form in MOI App


Immigration officials confirmed to The National that the system is principally aimed at ensuring all new residents have no criminal history - and thaexpats already on a visa will not have to seek a background check if they move on to another company.

Any expat moving to the UAE should secure the police clearance letter before they come, and also cautioned it will cause uncertainty and a significant delay in the new visa process.

A Brief Guide from Different Countries

The police clearance certificate should be issued from your home country, or the country where you have lived for the past five years. So a new expat travelling to the Emirates for work should get this from your home country before you leave. The system varies between countries but is typically a central police force and authority. 

For example, in the United States, citizens can obtain a certificate of "good conduct" or "lack of a criminal record" for a number of reasons for use abroad, Americans can visit their local police department or request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) either an FBI Identification Record or proof that a record does not exist.  In France, citizens can apply online through the Ministry of Justice’s website www.cjn.justice.gouv.fr. They will have different options depending on their place of birth and whether they are in or out of the country. India citizens can apply online through the website of the Ministry of External Affairs’ Consular, Passport and Visa Division  They will have to register through the Passport Seva online portal and click the "apply for a police clearance certificate" link. After entering the required details and submitting the form. In Australia, The country’s federal police can provide National Police Checks for residents of the Australian Capital Territory, Jervis Bay Territory and external Commonwealth territories. Australian citizens can apply online or download a form to complete and print before submitting it via the post. Each application costs around AUD$42, or up to $139 for a fingerprint submission. Processing time is around 15 working days from receipt and around 30 working days for applications that include fingerprints.

It will need to be attested or stamped, in a similar way to a marriage certificate, by the UAE embassy in your home country. It can also be stamped by the UAE at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation customer centre in the Emirates.

What if You Already Live in UAE?

If you’re an an expat that already  live  in UAE you still need a certificate If you move to a new job Senior officials told The National that the primary focus is ensuring anyone come to the UAE to work for the first time gets one. But details are still being worked out and the situation could change. In addition, companies may well begin asking for the certificate regardless - so it's best to think about getting it now.

This isn't clear yet, and it would be best to ask your new employer exactly what the visa authorities have asked them for. It is possible you will need to present both a UAE police check and one from your home country - which could be a lengthy process - though the authorities are yet to clarify this.

How To Apply In UAE And How much is the fee?

You can get one from police in the UAE through MOI App. But you will need to have lived in the Emirates for more than five years to meet the new criteria. Dubai Police and the Ministry of Interior both have web-based application systems. Dubai Police's Police Clearance Certificate can be applied for online by MOI App. The application takes a few minutes and involves entering your Emirates ID into a page and some basic personal details. 

Documents Required

You will need the following documents: 
1. A valid Emirates ID
2. An active email address
3. 2 recent passport-size photographs
4. A copy of your passport.

To apply through the website, you need to access your user profile through MYID link or apply directly by completing the form. The confirmation screen will send you an activation code through a (SMS) message. You must enter the activation code in the code box. After this, you will be directed to the payment screen, through which you can evaluate the service then follow up on the payment process by clicking on the payment button. You will then be directed to Smart Government Payment Screen to complete the payment process. And you will get the result through e-mail within 24 hours.

The Fee

The service fee to obtain this certificate for a UAE National is Dh100 whereas for residents it is Dh200. If you are applying it from outside the country, the fee is Dh300.

Apply Good Conduct Certificate From Other Country

For those applying UAE Good Conduct Certificate from another country, you will need to get a fingerprint card approved by the UAE or any GCC council, 2 recent passport-sized photographs, Valid passport copy, UAE visa copy, if possible, and purpose for applying. This can be done either online or through the Dubai Police GHQ website. If you are in Abu Dhabi, you can submit the application along with the required documents at the customer service section in the police station. You can pay the fees by e-Dirham or visa card and receive the certificate by Empost or immediately in case of submitting the urgent application. A Dh50 by e-Dirham or visa card is payable along with a Dh15 Empost charge. If you want the certificate urgently, the fee will double.

Apply Good Conduct Certificate In Other Country

For those outside the country, you will have to get fingerprints taken at any police station within the country of residence. After this, you will have to attest the fingerprint card by the UAE embassy in the country of residence. Once the attestation has been done, you can send the application along with the required documents to the General Directorate of Abu Dhabi Police. The total fee for those applying outside the UAE is Dh533. This includes good conduct certificate (Dh53), translation to English (Dh100), accreditation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Dh300), accreditation by the Ministry of Interior (Dh50) and an Empost charge of (Dh30).

Why it is Important?

The Police Clearance Certificate is becoming an important document as an increasing number of employers in the country are asking resident candidates to furnish one to ensure that the individual has had no trouble with the law. The move marks one of the most significant changes to the UAE's visa system and has resulted in a flood of queries to the authorities and expats' home embassies.

The very rationale of requiring a CGC is to create a safer and more sustainable society. "Making the UAE one of the safest countries in the world is the government's main aim. The new requirement will definitively prevent criminals from entering the country. The state has the right to protect society and its members," Major General Khalil Ibrahim Al Mansouri, assistant commander-in-chief of the Dubai Police for criminal investigation affairs, said.

Moreover, it is not just aimed at preventing and reducing crime in the UAE. The new procedure will also help those involved in financial cases to clear their names and come back or continue to work in the country.

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