You may be requested to obtain a police clearance while abroad. You can obtain a U.S. police clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) or through your city or county law enforcement agency. In both cases, the clearance will be run against the National Crime Information Center, which contains all federal, state and local criminal information.
Important Note: The U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi does not provide fingerprinting services and strongly recommends that you obtain a U.S. police clearance prior to traveling overseas if one is necessary.
Naturalization and Adoption
The U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi does not have a USCIS office and does not typically capture fingerprints for naturalization. If you qualify for naturalization, or you have adopted a child, and you are unable to travel back to the United States, you should contact USCIS to request alternative options.
Fingerprints in Abu Dhabi
How to obtain fingerprints in Abu Dhabi:
- Fingerprints can be taken by the Ministry of Interior, located at Abu Dhabi st1(opposite to Mediclinic Hospital – previously Alnoor hotspital on Airport road) – Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
- Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258) commonly used for applicant or law enforcement purposes. The FBI will accept FD-258 fingerprint cards on standard white paper stock
- Once completed you will need to visit one of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attestation centers to have them verify and seal the fingerprints from the Ministry of Interior.
- You will then make an appointment for notary services at the U.S. Embassy for final authentication. The fee for notary is 50USD. Send your fingerprints to the FBI and ask them to run a criminal background check. Once mailed, FBI processing usually requires 8 to 10 weeks to complete.
New Requirement for UAE Employment-based Residency Permits
“Certificates of Good Conduct”
American Citizen Services would like to inform all U.S. citizens residing in the UAE of recent changes to the UAE residency permit application process. Applicants for employment-based UAE residency permits are now required to provide “Certificates of Good Conduct.” This policy went into effect on February 4, 2018. UAE officials have confirmed the following details:
- The certificate requirement applies to all new employment-based residency permit applications. It does not apply to renewals of existing permits.
- The certificate is only required for the principal residency permit applicant. Certificates are not required for spouses and children.
- A certificate will be required from every country in which the applicant has resided during the previous five years. For more information on how to obtain certificates from other countries, please check with the Embassy of that country.
- The certificate must be issued within three months of the application for the residency permit
- The certificate must be authenticated by the UAE embassy in the country that issued the certificate and subsequently authenticated by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You can find more information on the authentication process on our website (Abu Dhabi) (Dubai).
- Students are exempted from the certificate requirement.
The U.S. equivalent of a Certificate of Good Conduct is an FBI Identity History Summary Check. Applicants must apply for an Identity History Summary Check directly through the FBI. For more information on how to initiate an Identity History Summary Check, please visit the following website: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/while-abroad/criminal-record-checks.html
The FBI will require fingerprints for this purpose and the U.S. Embassy does not provide this service. . In Abu Dhabi, fingerprints can be taken by the Ministry of Interior located opposite to Mediclinic Hospital- previously Alnoor Hospital on Airport Road street#2. Fingerprints should be placed on standard fingerprint card FD-258. Once fingerprints are completed, you will need to visit one of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attestation centers to have the fingerprints verified and sealed from the Ministry of Interior. Once this is complete, please make a notary appointment with the U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi for final authentication. The fee for notary is $50 USD.
For more information on the FBI’s requirements for fingerprint card submissions, including the option to print out the FBI’s standard FD-258 cards, please see the FBI’s Fingerprints and Biometrics website.
Applicants should request a certified copy of their Identity History Summary Check from the FBI so that it can be authenticated by the Department of State’s Office of Authentications and the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC. More information about authenticating U.S. documents for use in the UAE, including contact information of companies that will perform this service, can be found here.
For further information regarding UAE residency permit requirements, please contact General Directorate of Residence & Foreigners Affairs Abu Dhabi or Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs directly.