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UAE’s amnesty for visa rule violators to start in August


DUBAI – Overstayers and violators of the UAE’s residency laws will be granted amnesty when the three-month amnesty period begins on August 1.

On June 13, the UAE Cabinet approved a decision allowing people who overstay their visa to voluntarily leave the UAE without a “no entry” passport stamp that is valid for two years.

Applicants must present a valid return ticket in order to avail of the reprieve effective August 1, 2018 to October 31, 2018.

Individuals who entered the UAE illegally will also be given the chance to leave voluntarily with a “no entry” stamp for two years given that they provide a valid return ticket.

Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashedi, Acting Director General of Foreigners Affairs and Ports Department at the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, said violators will have the option to either rectify their legal status through paying nominal fees, or leave the UAE voluntarily without prosecution. They will also be exempt from paying fines for overstaying.

The last visa amnesty given in the UAE was in 2013, when nearly 62,000 illegal residents applied for amnesty within the two-month period. GAD/Expat Media


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