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DUBAI – The UAE government has further extended its amnesty programme to give illegal residents a final chance to regularize their status without facing fines and legal issues.
The amnesty, which began as a three-month programme in August, has been extended to December 31.
Brigadier General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, director general of the Department of Naturalisation and Residency, said the amnesty extension is a “good opportunity” for illegal residents.
Under the amnesty programme, residency violators can apply for a six-month jobseeker’s visa to regularize their status, or exit the UAE without facing fines or jail terms.
Although no official figure has yet been released, it is believed that thousands of illegal residents in the UAE have already availed of the amnesty programme.
The Philippine embassy said 6,810 Filipinos have applied for amnesty, with 64 percent opting to stay in the UAE. The Bangladesh embassy said that 15,000 of its nationals have applied for amnesty. Ethiopia’s embassy said that 25,002 of its citizens applied for a six-month visa under the amnesty programme. GAD/Expat Media
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