Amnesty ex­tended by one month


Gulf News - - Front Page - ABU DHABI BY AN­WAR AH­MAD Staff Re­porter

De­ci­sion fol­lows heavy turnout, slow pro­cess­ing of ap­pli­ca­tions at some em­bassies |

The Fed­eral Au­thor­ity for Iden­tity and Cit­i­zen­ship (FAIC) an­nounced yes­ter­day that the amnesty pe­riod will be ex­tended by a month.

Heavy turnout of un­doc­u­mented res­i­dents at diplo­matic mis­sions and amnesty cen­tres and slow pro­ce­dures at some of the diplo­matic mis­sions of for­eign coun­tries have prompted the govern­ment to ex­tend the amnesty.

The au­thor­ity had ear­lier an­nounced a three-month amnesty from Au­gust 1 to Oc­to­ber 31, which will now be ex­tended to De­cem­ber 1.

The ex­ten­sion will pro­vide more time for the amnesty-seek­ers to reg­u­larise their res­i­dency sta­tus to stay in the coun­try or leave with­out pay­ing fines or get­ting an en­try ban.

Bri­gadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, act­ing di­rec­tor-gen­eral for For­eign­ers Af­fairs and Ports at the FAIC, said the au­thor­i­ties will not of­fer any le­niency to the res­i­dency-law vi­o­la­tors af­ter the ex­tended amnesty pe­riod.

An ex­ten­sive in­spec­tion cam­paign will be ini­ti­ated across the coun­try to ar­rest res­i­dency-law vi­o­la­tors and they will be pros­e­cuted as per the laws of the coun­try and pe­nalised for the whole pe­riod of vi­o­la­tion with im­pris­on­ment fol­lowed by de­por­ta­tion, Brig Al Rashidi said.

He said the ex­ten­sion comes un­der the di­rec­tives of the coun­try’s lead­er­ship to make all ef­forts to help all res­i­dents and make their life eas­ier.

Dur­ing the ex­tended pe­riod, the amnesty-seek­ers can also ap­ply for a six-month visa un­der self-spon­sor­ship to look for a job. They can ei­ther move to a new job visa, if they get a job of­fer, or leave the coun­try af­ter six months.

Slow pro­cess­ing

The au­thor­ity also clar­i­fied that those who will be leav­ing the coun­try on exit passes can legally re­turn to the coun­try and there will be no en­try ban on them. Even ab­scon­ders who ran away from their spon­sors can leave the UAE with­out get­ting the en­try ban

How­ever, those who en­tered the UAE il­le­gally [with­out a visa] can re-en­ter the coun­try af­ter two years only.

Brig Al Rashidi said diplo­matic mis­sions of some coun­tries were slowly pro­cess­ing their cit­i­zens’ amnesty ap­pli­ca­tions. This caused de­lay in com­plet­ing the pro­ce­dures of res­i­dency-law vi­o­la­tors.

Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Amnesty-seek­ers at the Al Aweer Fed­eral Au­thor­ity for Iden­tity and Cit­i­zen­ship in Dubai. The amnesty ex­ten­sion will give vi­o­la­tors more time to reg­u­larise their res­i­dency sta­tus.

Cour­tesy: FAIC

Brig Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi

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