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DUBAI – Filipinos who wish to avail of the UAE’s three-month amnesty scheme can seek the help of their embassy or consulate for payment of expenses related to the initiative.
The missions announced on Thursday that they will bear the expenses of repatriating undocumented Filipinos in the UAE who wish to return home.
The UAE’s amnesty period is from August 1 to October 31, and it offers illegal residents the option to regularise their residency status for a fee or to voluntarily leave the UAE without incurring fines.
Illegal residents who have police cases for defaulting on loans, or for having children out of wedlock are not qualified for the amnesty scheme.
The Philippine missions said thousands of Filipinos are expected to avail of the amnesty and that the missions will pay for their fees, including exit permits, clearances, and airline tickets.
The missions will also issue for free an emergency travel document [referred to as out-pass] for those without a valid passport.
Regular fees for amnesty seekers include Dh221 for an exit permit, and up to Dh521 to close or clear absconding cases.
Visa violators who wish to regularise their status will also need to pay Dh521.
Amnesty seeker can visit the Al Aweer amnesty centre to submit their applications from Sunday to Thursday, 8am until 8pm, from August 1 until October 31. GAD/Expat Media
When is the amnesty period?
It runs from August 1 to October 31
Who are eligible for amnesty?
Anyone staying illegally in the UAE can apply for amnesty
What does the amnesty scheme offer?
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
What about individuals who entered the country illegally?
They will be given amnesty but they will exit the UAE with a two-year ban.
Is there a special amnesty for individuals coming from war-torn countries like Syria and Yemen?
Yes. They will be given a one-year residence visa.
How can individuals who are physically incapacitated apply for amnesty?
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.
Will those who avail the amnesty get a permanent ban from re-entering the UAE?
No. There will be no ban, and they can reenter the UAE if they have valid visas.
Who are not qualified to apply for amnesty?
Those with police cases for defaulting on loans or other legal cases are not eligible for amnesty.
Can those with absconding cases apply for amnesty?
Yes. Immigration authorities will remove the absconding report and issue exit permit without ban.
Can amnesty seekers who regularise their status apply for jobs in the UAE?
Yes. They can get a six-month temporary visa to look for jobs.
Where should individuals apply for amnesty?
They can go to the office of the General Directorates of Residency and Foreign Affairs. In Dubai, amnesty seekers can go to the Al Aweer immigration centre. In Abu Dhabi, centres are located in Shahama, Al Garbia and Al Ain.
When are they open?
The amnesty service centres open from August 1 until October 31, from 8am to 8pm.
What documents are required to apply for amnesty?
You need your original passport or emergency certificate, and proof of their airline ticket along with the amnesty application form.
How much does an exit permit cost?
How much does it cost to clear absconding cases?
Dh121 if it is an individual case, Dh521 for employees of private companies and Dh71 for employees of government departments.
How much does it cost to regularise one’s visa status?
Can individuals without passports apply for amnesty?
Yes. They may visit their consulate or embassy to issue an emergency travel document.
What is the time period to exit the country after getting an exit pass?
You have 10 days to exit the UAE after getting an exit pass.
Philippine Embassy, Abu Dhabi
Philippine Consulate General, Dubai
04 220 7100
Bangladesh Embassy, Abu Dhabi
02 446 5100
Bangladesh Consulate General, Dubai
04 238 8199
Egypt Consulate General, Dubai
04 397 1122
India Embassy, Abu Dhabi
India Consulate General, Dubai
056 546 3903 (email@example.com)
Indonesia Embassy, Abu Dhabi
02 445 4448
Indonesia Consulate General, Dubai
04 398 5666
Malaysia Consulate General, Dubai
04 398 5843
Nepal Embassy, Abu Dhabi
02 634 4767
Nigeria Embassy, Abu Dhabi
Nigeria Consulate General, Dubai
04 352 2505
Pakistan Embassy, Abu Dhabi
02 444 7800
Pakistan Consulate General, Dubai
04 397 3600
Sri Lanka Embassy, Abu Dhabi
02 631 6444
Sri Lanka Consulate General, Dubai
04 398 6535
Sudan Consulate General, Dubai
04 397 7722
Uzbekistan Embassy, Abu Dhabi
02 448 8215
Uzbekistan Consulate General, Dubai
04 370 6060
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