Dubai Authorities to Handle Cases of Jobless Residents with Fines to Return to their Home Countries – Top Ranking Official

In an infoseries launched by the Government of Dubai Media Office, a top-ranking official has assured the public that Dubai is ready to assist individuals who have lost their jobs and have been fined after they were unable to leave the UAE because of travel restrictions.

The first #AskDXBOfficial interaction launched this week, featured Major General Mohammed Al Marri, the Director-General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai. 

Dubai Authorities to Handle Cases of Jobless Residents with Fines to Return to their Home Countries - Top Ranking Official
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#AskDXBOfficial: UAE Govt to Aid Jobless Residents with Fines to Return to their Home Countries

Al Marri addressed several questions regarding current immigration and travel procedures and protocols for citizens and residents.

One of the concerns raised was the plight of residents who lost their jobs during the pandemic, and in turn, have become unable to settle their residency requirements while staying in the country. 

To this, Major General Mohammed Al Marri, Director-General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai, explained that they consider these situations as humanitarian cases and that they are ready to help facilitate the travel of affected individuals back to their home countries.

During his interview, Al Marri explained: “The humanitarian cases department at the GDRFA in Dubai handles each case individually. We will facilitate each person’s travel procedures for them to return to their home countries.”

In line with this, the GDRFA Director-General urged those who have accumulated fines to seek assistance from the government so that they can travel home as soon as possible.

Maj. Gen. Al Marri announced: “So, to all those who have accumulated fines, please do not assume you cannot exit the country. We, at Dubai Airports and the GDRFA, will handle each humanitarian case individually and facilitate their travel.”

Al Marri also highlighted that all residents holding a valid resident visa are allowed to return to Dubai. Once they receive a return permit from GDRFA-Dubai and obtain a negative PCR test result, they can return to Dubai through any UAE airport.

Meanwhile, holders of expired residency visas should renew their visas before exiting the UAE if they wish to return to the country. On the other hand, valid UAE residency visa holders outside of the UAE can return to Dubai provided that there are no flight restrictions between the UAE and the country they will be coming from.

To watch the entire series of videos for the answers to questions posed by the residents to Major General Mohammed Al Marri, you may visit the GDMO’s official social media accounts including @DXBMediaOffice on Twitter, @DXBMediaOffice on Facebook and instagram.com/dubaimediaoffice.

You may submit your questions for the upcoming interactions by using the hashtag #AskDXBOfficial on your post. 

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