Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Merri (left), Director General of GDRFA


One-stop tents for UAE amnesty seekers open in Dubai


DUBAI – Amnesty seekers who wish to regularize their residency status in the UAE can head to one-stop tents in Al Aweer, which were launched on Sunday by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai (GDRFA).

The tents for men and women have been set up to accommodate amnesty seekers from 8am to 8pm daily from August 1 until October 31, except public holidays.

There will be 40 counters with officers fluent in multiple languages to assist up to 3,000 amnesty seekers per day during the three-month amnesty period.

Services available at the centre include cancellation of fines for violations related to residency, and processing of Emirates ID and labour permit. Applicants can also clear absconding cases against them and renew expired visas or get new visas.

The Al Aweer centre will handle cases of people who entered the UAE illegally but wish to leave the country voluntarily without incurring fines and a ban. Those who have overstayed their visa and have absconding cases filed against them can also go here. Fees to close an absconding case is Dh121 for individuals, Dh521 for companies and Dh71 for the government sector.

Representatives from the Dubai Police, GDRFA and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation will be providing assistance at the centre from August 1 to October 31.

Alternatively, those seeking to regularise their visa status during the amnesty period can go to Amer centres of the GDRFA.

Exit permits issued to amnesty seekers will be valid for 21 days. Exit permits cost Dh221.

“It is a gift from the UAE government and a great humanitarian gesture for the people who are overstaying in the country. Such people are not criminals but some of them sometimes face the difficult situations which forced them to stay illegally. We are giving them a chance to make a new start in their lives,” Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Merri, Director General of GDRFA, told a press conference.

Amnesty seekers who do not have passports can submit a letter addressed to their consulate stating the loss of the passport. They must then provide an airline ticket within 10 days of visiting the amnesty centre.

Amnesty seekers who wish to change their visa status can get a six-month temporary residency from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. GAD/Expat Media


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