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UAE: Quick guide on the deportation laws you need to know

Those guilty of serious offenses in the UAE, such as trafficking drugs, sexual assault, or acts of violence, are subject to severe punishments, including immediate and automatic deportation from the nation.

The following is a rundown of the UAE’s deportation laws, used to eject individuals who endanger the health and safety of the general public.

There are two distinct types of deportation recognized by the law of the UAE: legal and administrative.

1.) Legal deportation

A foreign national convicted of a felony and given a prison sentence may be subject to legal deportation due to an order issued by the court.

Article 121 of the UAE Criminal Code stipulates that anyone convicted of serious offenses, including sexual assault, must be deported legally. The court has the authority to issue an order mandating that the offender must be expelled from the nation, or it may choose to impose deportation as an alternative to the more traditional form of punishment, incarceration.

How to remove legal deportation?

A foreign national who is the subject of a legitimate deportation order may submit a petition to the public prosecution to have the order canceled.

The deported individual must explain the application’s reasoning and provide supporting papers. The petition is forwarded to a special committee so that a determination can be made regarding canceling the deportation order. In Dubai, you can apply online to cancel deportation via the website of Public Prosecution.

2.) Administrative deportation

The Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority can order this kind of deportation against a foreign national if they believe it is in the best interest of public interest, public security, or public morals.

Those who have been deported administratively can appeal their case to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in the emirate that is relevant to their situation.

According to Ministerial Decision No. 360 of 1997, an administrative deportation order can be issued against an expat if it is mandatory for the public interest, security, morals, or public health. It is issued by the federal public prosecutor, his legal representative and chairman of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, or his representative against a foreigner who does not have an apparent means of living. This may include the members of his family, who depend on him for their living.

3-month grace period

After posting bail, a foreign national who has been given a deportation order but still has an unresolved business or other obligations in the country may be eligible for a grace period to take care of such obligations. The grace period is limited to a maximum of three months.

How to remove legal deportation?

Article 28 of the Law No. 6 of 1973 on the Entry and Residence of Foreigners states that a foreigner who has been expelled from the nation administratively is not permitted to return to the country unless they have received special permission from the Ministry of the Interior.

The application for the above-mentioned special permit must be submitted to the naturalization and residency administration that is responsible for receiving applications for entry permits and visas, with the proviso that the application must contain:

  • All information about the previous residency permits
  • The reasons for deportation
  • The circumstances that have occurred since then

It is possible to state the justifications for entrance in the application, which the relevant documents and evidence must then back. BKM/ Expat Media


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