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DUBAI – A three-month amnesty period for overstayers and violators of the UAE’s residency laws starts today.
The amnesty follows a UAE Cabinet decision in June 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.
Violators will be given the option to rectify their legal status by paying nominal fees or leave the UAE voluntarily without prosecution or payment of fines, said
Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashedi, Acting Director General of Foreigners Affairs and Ports Department at the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.
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.
The new legislative package approved in June included a review of the current residency system in the UAE.
The Cabinet approved a two-year extension of the residency period for fresh college graduates under their parents visa to allow them more time to hunt for jobs.
The Cabinet also approved an entry fee exemption for all transit passengers who want to enter the UAE within the first 48 hours of their arrival. The transit visa, which is available at airports, can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50.
The Cabinet also approved a new 6-month visa for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country. GAD/Expat Media
It runs from August 1 to October 31
Anyone staying illegally in the UAE can apply for amnesty
Individuals who overstayed their visa can leave the UAE without any ban, fine or jail term. They can also opt to regularise their status by getting a new visa under a sponsor
They will be given amnesty but they will exit the UAE with a two-year ban.
Yes. They will be given a one-year residence visa.
Their next of kin can submit to the Immigration department a medical report or a letter from the embassy or consulate, which will be used to issue an exit permit for the individual.
No. There will be no ban, and they can reenter the UAE if they have valid visas.
Those with police cases for defaulting on loans or other legal cases are not eligible for amnesty.
Yes. Immigration authorities will remove the absconding report and issue exit permit without ban.
Yes. They can get a six-month temporary visa to look for jobs.
They can go to the office of the General Directorates of Residency and Foreign Affairs to rectify their visa status. In Dubai, amnesty seekers with residency rule violations can go to the Al Aweer immigration centre. In Abu Dhabi, centres are located in Shahama, Al Garbia and Al Ain.
The amnesty service centres open from August 1 until October 31, from 8am to 8pm.
You need your original passport or emergency certificate, and proof of their airline ticket along with the amnesty application form.
Dh121 if it is an individual case, Dh521 for employees of private companies and Dh71 for employees of government departments.
Yes. They may visit their consulate or embassy to issue an emergency travel document.
You have 10 days to exit the UAE after getting an exit pass.
Amnesty seekers going to Al Aweer can take the public bus on Route 11A starting August 1 until the end of the amnesty period. The bus travels every hour starting at 5:06 am at Al Aweer terminus.
Route 11A starts from Al Aweer and ends at Gold Souq, and covers various residential and commercial areas, including Al Khawaneej, Rashidiya metro station, Airport Terminal 1, Union metro station to name a few.
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