Heads of diplo­matic mis­sions wel­come de­vel­op­ment

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Mo­ham­mad Im­ran, Bangladeshi Am­bas­sador to UAE, said that of the 22,000 amnesty-seek­ers in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, 15,000 ap­plied for pass­ports and 7,000 for emer­gency cer­tifi­cates. “Around 10,500 pass­ports and al­most all emer­gency cer­tifi­cates have been is­sued,” he said.


The de­ci­sion will cer­tainly help all those amnesty-seek­ers who have not been able to com­plete their pa­pers, said Pak­istani Am­bas­sador Moaz­zam Ah­mad Khan. “We urge all those who are il­le­gal to avail of the op­por­tu­nity and not wait till the last mo­ment,” he said.


“We con­tinue to urge our kabayans to avail of the amnesty pro­gramme. The ex­ten­sion sig­nals that the UAE has gen­er­ously pro­vided more time to all with im­mi­gra­tion con­cerns to have their doc­u­men­ta­tion and le­gal is­sues re­solved and ap­ply for the amnesty,” said Paul Raymund Corte, Philip­pine Con­sul-Gen­eral in Dubai.


Around 3,000 In­done­sian amnesty-seek­ers ap­proached the Em­bassy in Abu Dhabi, which is­sued 476 emer­gency pass­ports (most are still pend­ing con­fir­ma­tion from the amnesty sys­tem), said Hu­sain Bagis, the In­done­sian Am­bas­sador to the UAE. The em­bassy also pro­cessed 1,725 pass­ports (1,247 new pass­port and 488 ex­ten­sions). “The em­bassy will fa­cil­i­tate our cit­i­zens dur­ing this ex­ten­sion,” he said.

Sri Lanka

The ex­ten­sion would give more time to those who could not use the amnesty, said A Sabarulla Khan, Charge d’af­faires at the Sri Lankan Em­bassy in Abu Dhabi. “We served about 600 Sri Lankans, of whom about 90 per cent took emer­gency cer­tifi­cates to re­turn to Sri Lanka. We urge all those Sri Lankans who stay in UAE with­out valid visa to reg­u­larise their sta­tus us­ing the amnesty,” he said.

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