Tue 4 Dec 2012 to Sun 3 Feb 2013

UAE creates amnesty window for illegals

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) creates a two-month amnesty window for illegal residents to leave the country without paying a fine. 

Residency and foreign affairs offices across the UAE will receive illegals daily in two shifts to provide them with the necessary documents to leave the country. 

"Illegal residents leaving the country during amnesty period will be exempted from all fines. We have also launched a campaign through various media outlets asking them to approach residency and foreign affairs departments to avail amnesty granted by the ministry. Procedures are simple and exempt them from paying fines and penalties,” said Major General Nasser Al Awadi Minhali, Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior.

Those arrested after the expiration of the amnesty period will allegedly face tough legal action.

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Organization: Residency and foreign affairs office

Phone: 8005111