UAE announces amnesty details for visa violators

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) Monday announced that residency law violators will be permitted to leave the country, with all related fines to be waived, including the ban stamp, during a grace period of three months, with retrospective effect from May 18 until August 18.

Also Read: How to Apply for a UAE Residence Visa for Employment

The amnesty was announced during a virtual press conference organised today by the ICA, wherein Major General Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Director General of Foreigners Affairs and Ports, reviewed the latest directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to allow violators overstaying their residence permit to leave the country.

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The UAE Cabinet has earlier issued a decision exempting all foreign residents and visitors overstaying their permits from fines effective from May 18 for three months.

Major General Al Rashidi said that the amnesty covers violations that took place before 1st March, 2020, and applies to entry, residency and visa law violators who fled from their sponsors, as well as violators of business contracts during the grace period.

Al Rashidi added that investors and owners of violating companies have cancel the violators’ status, while those under individual sponsorship have to be accompanied by their sponsors while applying for their departure permission.

“The violating expatriate residents and visitors are exempted from all fines, as well as the ban stamp,” he said, in reference to a stamp on travel documents which prevents someone from returning to the UAE. These include workers with expired permits, jobseekers on expired visit visas and people working without any documents.

Leaving the country may be done in three steps:
1. violators to book their travel tickets in coordination with their embassies, national air carriers or any other carriers;
2. confirm their boarding passes; and
3. travel from any of the following four airports: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.

“The procedures differ according to the type of permission; residence visa holders should contact the airport of departure to finalise the required procedures. Visa violators, in the event of departure from the Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Ras Al Khaimah airports, must arrive six hours ahead of their flights to complete their procedures. Violators wishing to leave the country from Dubai Airport have to contact an audit centre 48 hours before their flight. These centres are the Al Qusais Police Centre, the Civil Aviation Security Police Centre and the Deportation Centre,” he explained.

The ICA excluded violators from people of determination and those under the age of 15 from the condition of travelling to the airports six hours before their flights in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah and 48 hours in Dubai.

A dedicated operation room has been set up to monitor customer inquiries, and a toll-free number, ‘800453’ has been established to receive inquiries throughout the week from 8:00 to 20:00 except for public holidays.

Below is a post from ICA UAE regarding this update:


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