I have applied for a professorship job in Dubai and the university has offered me a place with the condition that I should pass the government security check. They informed me that my security check has not been positive, but they didn't provide any further information. I have visited the UAE three times without problems and I have not been in the army or associated with any extremist groups. The rejection has been a shock for me and I am sure there has been a mistake or a misunderstanding. How can I get this changed so I can take up the job? KS, Turkey
There are several organisations that request a security check for new employees including many government employers such as some universities, the airports, the military and the police, as well as senior roles in major companies in areas like banking or oil and gas. The process can take a few weeks or even months in some cases, depending on the role being applied for. The decision of the government and CID is not open to discussion and they will not tell people the reason for their rejection. They do not accept appeals, but applicants can reapply in six months’ time if they are certain there was not a valid reason for the rejection. However, this is again without guarantee of acceptance and the application must be made via an employer with a valid offer of employment. The UAE can be strict regarding applications because of both regional and global issues, as the safety of residents is paramount.
Keren Bobker is an independent financial adviser with Holborn Assets in Dubai, with over 20 years’ experience. Contact her at email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter at @FinancialUAE.
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