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Expats exempted from fines for visit visa, residency and work permit violations


DUBAI – Expatriates who incurred fines related to their visit visa, residency and work permits will be exempted from paying fines as part of directives by the UAE president, an official from the Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship (ICA) announced on Wednesday (May 13).

Khamis Al Kaabi, spokesperson of ICA, said the fine exemption applies to expats who are staying in the UAE whose residency visa or visit visa has expired from March 1.

Al Kaabi said that violators have a three-month grace period from May 18 to avail of the fine exemption. He said violators may submit an application to ICA.

Within the three month-period, violators must exit the UAE to avoid further violations and to avoid being banned from the country.

The official said that the new rule is under the directive of UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“We urge all expats to register at the FAIC portal to avail of the grace period that shall start as of May 18 up to three months. All breaches related to expired Emirates IDs and labour cards shall also be cancelled for applicants,” Al Kaabi said.

“Expats with expired visas shall be able to return and benefit from the grace period without being subject to any administrative action if they meet the criteria,” he added.

“Applying to avail of fines exemption within the grace period shall spare the violators of being subject to the terms of the UAE Foreigners’ and Entry Law or of being denied entry in the future,” he explained.

It is not yet clear how this will affect a directive in April when Al Kaabi announced that “all visas and entry permits – expiring on March 1 – shall remain valid until the end of December, 2020.” ICA/Expat Media

Expired UAE residence visas, visit visas, Emirates IDs to remain valid this 2020

Expired UAE residence visas, visit visas, Emirates IDs to remain valid this 2020

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