Further to the announcement in February 2018 by authorities in the UAE to impose a new mandatory requirement for foreign national applicants for work visas to provide police clearance certificates covering a five year period, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has now decided to postpone this requirement until further notice.

This decision will minimise processing times for applications significantly and reduce one of the administrative burdens as part of the work permit application process. It is not currently known whether the requirement will be re-introduced.