The UAE has extended its visa amnesty once again.
Originally the three-month amnesty was set to end on 1st December, but for a second time the date has been pushed back. The UAE Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship announced the initiative as part of the country’s 47th National Day celebrations.
Until 31st 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 without the need for a sponsor.
Thousands of people have already visited amnesty centres under the scheme, which launched on 1st August 2018. Many are opting to stay in the UAE and look for work, while other leave for their home countries.
Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, acting director-general of Foreigners and Ports Affairs at the Authority, said it had received many calls from those who were not able to benefit from the initiative yet, so the government opted to increase it.
Amnesty seekers may receive a full exemption from all related fines and could be allowed to leave the country without being blacklisted from re-entering. This will enable them to return on a tourist visa and change their status without paying a fee of AED500, Brigadier Al Rashidi added.
You’ll find Dubai’s registration centre 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.