Millions of Dirhams in Fines Waived during UAE Visa Amnesty

Millions of Dirhams in Fines Waived during UAE Visa Amnesty

The year 2018 ended with millions of dirhams in fines being waived off during the five-month visa amnesty scheme that ended on December 31. The visa amnesty scheme, which gave illegal residents the golden opportunity to modify their status or to leave the country without facing fines or legal issues, registered a “response rate of 88 per cent”. Thousands of people including families and children benefited from the UAE Visa Amnesty. It provided them options to return to their homes without paying fines or to get a re-entry ban on their passports. It also offered them to stay in the UAE by rectifying their residency status and look for jobs obtaining six months visa to search for new opportunities as per his/her skills and qualifications. Later he can easily transfer his visa to the new sponsor

Protect Yourself by Changing Your Status – UAE Visa Amnesty

This UAE amnesty scheme began on August 1 and was slated to end on October 31. However, the scheme was extended it by one month and it was supposed to end on November 30. But as part of the UAE’s celebration of its National Day, a further extension was given to the UAE amnesty scheme till December 31. Illegal residents were given more time to legalize their status. Many have benefited from the initiative, which even had the provision for illegals to opt for a six-month job-seeker visa. The scheme undoubtedly, helped all kinds of illegal residents in the UAE; workers and families overstaying residence visas; people overstaying visit visas; and even those who entered the country illegally without visas. The amnesty helped them return to the country again without any legal issues. It was a golden opportunity for illegals to regularize their residency status and stay legally in the country.

Fines: UAE Visa Amnesty

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Fines were waived off for 2,809 applicants who had cancelled their residence visas without changing their status. They were asked to get new sponsors or visas to change their status in the country before the amnesty period expired. After the amnesty period, people who stay illegally after coming on visit visas will continue to pay Dh100 per day as a fine while people holding expired residence visas will need to pay Dh25 fine per day. About 3,422 people applied to renew their visas at Amnesty centres while another 2,107 applied to modify their residency status with new sponsors.

 

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