If you’ve overstayed your visit visa or hold an expired residency permit, take note that the UAE visa amnesty programme has now been extended another month. Here’s what you should know…
Grace period for UAE visa amnesty programme extended
The grace period for illegal residents to correct their UAE visa status has been extended until December 1, 2018, according to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. Visa violators will be able to exit the country freely without facing fines or legal issues; they will also have the option to rectify their legal status if they choose to stay.
Where to apply for the amnesty programme?
Applicants can apply for amnesty through nine centres set up across the UAE, at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs across all emirates. These centers will be open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays.
How does it work?
- The UAE amnesty programme for visa violators and illegal residents in the UAE is a programme that covers violations before 1 August 2018 only.
- Overstaying residents have the option to exit the country without paying fines, facing jail or getting a ban. Alternatively, they can rectify their status by getting a new-sponsored valid visa.
- For inquiries, there’s dedicated toll free number 80080, available 24/7.
How much does it cost?
Illegal residents wishing to leave the country can get an exit permit at a cost of AED 220. Individuals have to exit within 10 days after getting the exit pass. To get the exit permit you need to submit your application with the following documents:
- Your original passport or emergency certificate.
- An air ticket to your destination.
Those wishing to stay in the country can adjust their status by submitting new sponsor’s valid certificates for status change or residency transfer or obtain a new residency.
- There will be a charge of AED 500 for changing visa status.