Sunday, December 2, 2012

UAE Ministry of Interior prepared 10 fully equipped centres to receive violators of the Law of Entry and Residence of Foreigners

The Ministry of Interior has prepared 10 fully equipped centres to receive violators of the Law of Entry and Residence of Foreigners who want to take advantage of the amnesty from December 4 until February 4, 2013.
Director-General of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Sharjah, Abdullah Ali Saeed Bin Sahoo, who is also chairman of the Media Committee for the campaign “No to Violators” urges those who are violating the residency law to take advantage of the grace period set by the state to regularise their legal status and residency permits or exit the country if needed.
Bin Sahoo also said that violators should not postpone visiting the centres, but should immediately start the procedure to avoid any penalties.
The amnesty will apply to those who have lived here with proper visas but whose papers are expired, and will allow violators to leave without penalty, and will have their fines and exit fees waived.
“Illegal residents who overstayed their visas can visit residency departments across the UAE to obtain outpasses and leave the country without penalties, or regularise their visas, after payment of fines between December 4 and February 3,” said Major General Nasser Awadi Al Menhali, assistant undersecretary for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs.
Raising awareness
In efforts to spread awareness about the amnesty, several embassies have also issued statements in the past month encouraging those who are living here illegally to come forward and take advantage of the opportunity.
Indian ambassador to the UAE M.K. Lokesh told that the embassy will make all necessary arrangements to make Indian workers illegally living here aware of the procedures of the amnesty and will ensure that they receive their applications for outpasses.
During the past amnesty periods, the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi and the consulate in Dubai made arrangements, with Indian community organisations, to help illegal workers process their applications.
Along with the Indian Embassy, the Pakistani, Bangladesh, Filipino, and Sri Lankan embassies have also offered their help with issuing outpasses to citizens in their communities. They have also offered to provide help with their legal documents.