UAE announces Amnesty to Illegal immigrants

The UAE Government has announced that it will grant amnesty to illegal immigrants if they exit the country before February 4 2013. Such people can regularize their visa or leave the country without any penalties before the last date.

Embassies and consulates of different countries are gearing up to provide the necessary documents for their citizens to avail of this opportunity.

“In the last amnesty in 2007, approximately 40,000 Indians exited UAE based on the ECs issued by the (Indian) mission. As per our mission estimate, around 45,000 Indian staying illegally in UAE will seek amnesty as and when it is announced,” Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi said in his letter to the media.

According to the UAE government, the amnesty will apply only to those who have overstayed their visit or resident visas in the UAE and not infiltrators, who would be treated like criminals.

Illegal residents, who have overstayed can visit residency departments across the UAE to obtain out passes and leave the country without penalties. They can also regularise their visas after paying fines between December 4 and February 3.