UAE authority issues warning over worker amnesty rules

Federal Identity and Nationality Authority says former residents who have been denied entry for violations cannot benefit from the current amnesty
UAE authority issues warning over worker amnesty rules
By Sam Bridge
Tue 07 Aug 2018 01:59 PM

The UAE's Federal Identity and Nationality Authority has warned that former residents who have been denied entry for violations cannot benefit from the current amnesty for workers who have entered the country illegally or overstayed their visa.

The initiative covers all violators within the UAE only, it said in a statement.

As part of the amnesty programme - which was launched last week and lasts for three months – illegal residents are allowed to leave the country without fees or penalties, or apply for a six-month visa to allow them to search for employment.

The Commission also confirmed that violators who face legal proceedings pending in a lawsuit or traffic violations cannot benefit until all the cases have been resolved.

It warned that after the deadline of October 31, intensive campaigns to control violators who have not responded to the deadline will be carried out.

A number of embassies in Abu Dhabi this week continued to witness overcrowding and queues of people seeking to take advantage of the amnesty period.

The embassies of India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh and Ethiopia were most crowded, the statement said.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Ras Al Khaimah has also witnessed a high turnout for violators, it added.

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