Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates. Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Aravind Sivaraj

A new requirement by the United Arab Emirates that foreigners wishing to work in the country must submit a certificate of good conduct issued in their homelands when they apply for a work visa has been postponed for Filipino and Indonesian domestic workers.

The UAE last month issued an order that foreigners coming to the country for the purpose of work must obtain a certificate of good conduct and behavior from their home countries. The order was effective on February 4 this year.

However, the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization now says domestic workers from the Philippines and Indonesia do not need to submit the certificate until June, Gulf News reported. People from other nations must still obtain the certificates immediately.

Paul Raymond Cortes, the Philippine consul in Dubai, said the postponement would give domestic workers more time to secure their police clearance certificates from their home countries, Khaleej Times reported.

“This move would give them at least four months from now to obtain the new requirement,” Cortes said.