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Nearly 11,000 people come forward in Dubai under UAE's visa amnesty

Figures cited by local media show a total of 10,797 individuals have approached immigration centres in Dubai since last Sunday's amnesty launch

Nearly 11,000 people come forward in Dubai under UAE's visa amnesty

Nearly 11,000 people without a valid visa have reportedly come forward in Dubai under the UAE's amnesty launched last week.

Figures cited by local media showed a total of 10,797 individuals have approached immigration centres in Dubai since last Sunday.

Of those, 3,422 applied for a new visa and the ability to stay, while 2,809 chose to return to their home country, it was reported on Wednesday.

The three-month amnesty began on August 1 and will run until October 31. Statistics for Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE are yet to be released.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) revealed last week that 1,534 overstaying residents applied on the first day of amnesty programme at its centres in Al Aweer and Amer. 

Immigration centres across the country have since seen queues of applicants.

Previous amnesties in 2007 and 2013 resulted in more than 340,000 residents with expired visas coming forward, according to Abu Dhabi-based The National.