The screening is applicable only to new work visas and not for expats already working here and then moving jobs. Diplomatic posts with sizeable number of expats have set guidelines on how to acquire the Certificate of Good Conduct (CGC) for their respective citizens applying for new work visas in the UAE. Obtaining a CGC or Police Clearance Certificate for jobseekers came into effect from February 4 this year. Expats applying for new work visas in the UAE are subjected to security background checks and required to submit a police clearance from their home countries, or the country of their residence for the past five years, as a move to ensure the security of the society, according to authorities. As expected, diplomatic missions were initially flooded with numerous calls from concerned job seekers asking about the procedures involved in getting a CGC. Clarity came in the ensuing days. Khaleej Times also contacted the Dubai Police call centre to find out how to obtain the certificate and were told 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," the official added. The screening is applicable only to new work visas. 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 are not required to get the certificate either. 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," Al Mansouri added.