Since 4 December 2017, all new applications for work permits and residence visas (for employment) require candidates to provide a Certificate of Good Conduct (or similar) from their home country or the country in which they have lived in the last five years. If the applicant has lived in more than one country in the last five years, he or she will need to obtain a certificate from both or all countries.

The certificate must be submitted during the work permit application process and this is likely to slow down new employees joining organisations in the UAE. 

Natalie Jones, senior associate at Al Tamimi & Company