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Free passport renewal for these expats in UAE


DUBAI – Indonesians applying for amnesty in the UAE to regularise their visa status can get a temporary passport extension for free, an Indonesian diplomat said.

Yanuar Nasrun, consul at the embassy in Abu Dhabi, said Indonesians can avail of the service at the embassy or at the Consulate General in Dubai until June, 2019.

The renewed passport will help Indonesians who have availed of the amnesty to apply for a six month jobseeker’s visa, Nasrun said.

Amnesty seeker’s passports can be extended within two days, instead of the regular four days, he added.

The UAE’s three-month amnesty programme ends on October 31. The amnesty allows illegal residents in the UAE to leave the country without incurring fines, or to regularise their visa status for a small fee.

More than a thousand Indonesians have approached the embassy to inquire about the amnesty, with more than 60 percent of them hoping to continue staying in the UAE, the Indonesian consul said.

Amnesty-seekers without valid passports will need an emergency certificate from their embassy or get a new passport for Dh35 for a 24-page passport or Dh100 for a 48-page passport.

Those who have overstayed their visa and want to leave the country can visit their respective embassies and show a valid ID issued by UAE authorities.

Other amnesty-seekers will need to visit the Amnesty Centre or Tasheel centres to apply for amnesty.  GAD/Expat Media


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