UAE amnesty pro­gram ex­tended

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The United Arab Emi­rates Fed­eral Au­thor­ity for Iden­tity and Ci­ti­zen­ship re­cently an­nounced they would be ex­tend­ing their amnesty pro­gram for those in the coun­try il­le­gally or have over­stayed their visa.

The pro­gram was orig­i­nally sched­uled to end on Oc­to­ber 31.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by UAE-based Khaleej Times, the gov­ern­ment agency plans to ad­dress is­sues that may have arisen due to de­lays from tech­ni­cal is­sues at the

start of the process by ex­tend­ing the pro­gram by one month.

The pro­gram al­lows for those who have over­stayed their visas to leave the coun­try or, for those cur­rently em­ployed,

ap­ply for a new visa. Those who cor­rect their sta­tus and wish to re­main in the coun­try to seek new em­ploy­ment may be granted a six-month tem­po­rary visa.

How­ever, those who en­tered the coun­try il­le­gally will be al­lowed to exit but will be pe­nal­ized with a two-year en­try ban.

Yes­ter­day, the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the ex­ten­sion on so­cial me­dia, urg­ing all over­seas Filipino work­ers (OFW) in such sit­u­a­tions to take ad­van­tage of the pro­gram.

The pro­gram has since repa­tri­ated over 2,000 OFWs back to the Philip­pines.

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