UAE visa amnesty extended for one month

Pedro Gonçalves
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UAE visa amnesty extended for one month

The amnesty scheme in UAE which started in August has been extended by another one month on occasion of UAE National Day.

The move comes as a "generous initiative" to mark the country's 47th anniversary, officials said. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC)  issued the statement, giving amnesty seekers another 30 days until December 31, to avail of the scheme.
The processing of amnesty applications will continue from Tuesday, December 4.  

"This will be a good opportunity for those who did not get a chance to visit the amnesty centres. They now have another chance to benefit from this generous offering," he told  local news outlet The National.

Thousands of residents who overstayed their visas or entered the country illegally have already benefited from the amnesty, which originally began on August 1.

Immigration centres across the UAE will begin to look into applications of amnesty seekers who had already started the procedures. Those applicants will get a chance to complete their procedures.

Thousands of residents who overstayed their visas or entered the country illegally have already benefited from the amnesty, which originally began on August 1.

They were given the chance to either apply for an exit pass and leave the country without having to pay fines for overstaying their visas, or apply for a six-month visa to allow them time to find a sponsor and legalise their situation.

About 7,500 overstaying Filipinos have availed of the UAE immigration amnesty programme since it started. Out of the estimated total number, close to 3,000 decided to return to the Philippines while the rest opted to stay in the country to look for work or have been offered jobs, Philippine consul-general Paul Raymund Cortes said.