The UAE has extended its visa amnesty to the last month of 2018.
Originally the three-month amnesty was set to end on 31st October, but the month extension is going to help out even more amnesty seekers. Now until 1st December 2018, people who’ve exceeded the expiry date on their visa can leave the country voluntarily, without a “no entry” passport stamp, or apply for a new six-month ‘jobseekers’ visa.
The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship authority announced the delay in ending the amnesty, which the UAE’s Cabinet says will “enhance the UAE’s position as a land of opportunities and a destination for talents and professionals.” It will also give overstayers more time to get their life in order without facing fines or getting a lengthy entry ban. It’s thought that more than 32,000 people have applied for visas through the scheme so far.
Anyone who enters the UAE illegally could also leave voluntarily, if they can prove they have a valid air ticket. Their passport will receive a two-year ‘no entry’ stamp, however. For the exit permit, you’ll be charged a fee of AED 220 and it’s AED 500 for changing residency status.
Every emirate of the UAE has a registration centre and you’ll find Dubai’s at the Al Aweer Centre, which is open from 8am-8pm Sunday to Thurday. A 24-hour hotline on 80080 will answer queries round the clock too.