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Thousands expected at centres as UAE visa amnesty begins

Posted on 04/12/2012

Thousands of illegal immigrants are expected to flock to centres across the country as the 60-day visa amnesty begins on Tuesday. Violators of the country's residency law can visit a centre in each Emirate to start the departure process — which will see them leave the country with no ban or overstaying fines to pay. General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner Affairs (GDRFA) officials confirmed illegal residents will be granted exit permits to leave the country — with all fines waived — ...  >>MORE

Video matter referred to the Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution Office

Posted on 11/05/2009

Abu Dhabi, 11th May 2009 (WAM) -- The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has announced, in a press release today, its acceptance of the recommendation of its Human Rights Office to refer all documents related to the recently broadcasted video depicting the ill treatment of an individual to the Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution Office. The Office has requested that the Public Prosecution Office conduct a comprehensive and thorough investigation of the depicted incident, immediately and without delay, ...  >>MORE

Amnesty helps 176,000 workers legalise their status

Posted on 07/11/2007

The amnesty given by the Cabinet to illegal workers has achieved its goals, with 176,000 workers adjusting their status, said Dr Ali Bin Abdullah Al Ka'abi, Minister of Labour. Al Ka'abi said the labour ministry is coordinating with the interior ministry to implement stringent measures against all violators of the residency law. Al Ka'abi stressed that the presence of illegal workers in the country would lead to negative impacts on the UAE society, as they bring in practices totally strange to ...  >>MORE

Amnesty decision streamlines the labour market: Al Sha'afar

Posted on 04/11/2007

The Ministry of Interior will hold a press conference on Sunday here at the ministry to announce the outcome of the amnesty granted earlier by Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior, to violators of the entry and residency law to enable them leave the country. Humaid bin Dimas, assistant undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour, Colonel Nasser Al Awadhi Al Minhali, director of the Department of Naturalisation and Residency in Abu Dhabi and other senior ...  >>MORE

2,000 amnesty seekers rush for outpass

Posted on 30/08/2007

There was a big rush of amnesty-seekers at the Indian Embassy yesterday, with officials sending SMS saying exit passes were ready. About 2,000 amnesty seekers made their way to the embassy. Most had already applied for amnesty and were waiting to collect their exit passes. The authorities on Tuesday announced that illegal residents who have already applied for amnesty, but were not getting air tickets or being able to process papers to leave because of the massive rush have until November 3 to ...  >>MORE

Amnesty for illegal residents extended to November

Posted on 29/08/2007

Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Interior said that an additional grace period of two months has been given for those who stay illegally in the country, to leave the country. The grace period will expire on 3rd November and will not be an extension of the period stipulated by Cabinet decision No.1/32 issued on 3/6/2007. The Minister explained that only those who have completed the legal procedures of exiting can benefit from this extension and no new processing will not ...  >>MORE

No extension of the three-month amnesty: Khaili

Posted on 16/08/2007

The government has no intention to extend the three month amnesty announced by the federal cabinet in June to allow all foreign nationals present illegally in the country with to regularize their situation according to the law, or to leave the country, without penalty, a senior immigration official affirmed. 'The three-month grace period given by the cabinet to violators to legalize their status is quite enough and there is no justification to extend it further according to the current ...  >>MORE

Amnesty for violators of residency law will not be extended: official

Posted on 31/07/2007

The current amnesty granted to violators of the UAE Residency Law will not be extended when it expires on August 30th, a senior Immigration and Residency official has said. Speaking at a news conference in Abu Dhabi, Brig. Mohammed Ghurair Al Rumaithy, Acting Director General of the Residency and Naturalisation Department of the Ministry of Interior said that violators who fail to grab the chance of the current amnesty will be dealt with severely when the amnesty expires. "The amnesty will not ...  >>MORE

6,500 people seek amnesty in Sharjah

Posted on 23/07/2007

Some 6,500 people have applied for amnesty at the Sharjah Naturalisation and Residency department. About 4,000 of them have legalised their situation. Brigadier Ali Nasser Al Fardan, Deputy Director of Sharjah Police said Sharjah Police and the Naturalisation and Residency Department are cooperating and have joined efforts to implement the amnesty procedures. The department has established a centre at the Indian School in Sharjah where they are processing and delivering passports of ...  >>MORE

About 60,000 visas cancelled since June 3

Posted on 17/07/2007

About 60,000 visas have been cancelled since the amnesty was announced on June 3, said a senior official of the Labour Ministry. Most of them are likely to be amnesty seekers but the exact figure is not available at this stage, said Humaid Bin Deemas, Assistant Under-secretary in the Ministry of Labour. "About 42,000 visas had been cancelled during the same period last year which shows a 27 per cent increase in cancellations that can be attributed to the amnesty." He was speaking at a press ...  >>MORE

Absconders with criminal records and no entry papers to get life ban

Posted on 12/07/2007

People who have entered the country illegally without documents will be given a life ban. Brigadier Mohammad Al Merri, Director General of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), yesterday visited the Indian High School where passports are being distributed. DNRD has sent passports to the Indian consulate and over 32,000 will be handed over to the holders. Al Merri said DNRD has stamped 27,000 outpasses for various nationalities as of yesterday morning. On whether absconders ...  >>MORE

Amnesty seekers rush to collect outpasses

Posted on 02/07/2007

Illegal residents rushed to the amnesty centre at the Indian High School to collect their outpasses, the distribution of which began yesterday. The Indian consulate, which runs the centre, received more than 700 application forms, a record number since the amnesty was announced in early June. More than 1,000 outpasses were distributed yesterday. "The outpasses are being printed in Dubai and we have sufficient stock to meet the demand. We expect the rush to increase next month," said a ...  >>MORE

Guide for amnesty-seekers issued

Posted on 27/06/2007

The Ministry of Labour yesterday issued a booklet outlining steps to make use of the amnesty. The guide is aimed at both illegal workers and violating companies to adjust the legal status of their employees. It divides illegal workers into six categories. The six categories are workers whose labour cards have expired but are still in the country and working with their sponsors; workers who are still in the country but are not working with their sponsor; workers who are outside the country; ...  >>MORE

Hundreds throng missions

Posted on 05/06/2007

Asian diplomatic missions were overwhelmed with enquires from amnesty seekers who wanted to get more information on the general pardon. While the diplomatic missions are asking for further clarification from the authorities concerned on the modalities that have to be followed, the amnesty seekers were seen queuing up to their respective consulates with applications. Officials at the missions, who spoke to Gulf News said that discussions and meetings are already underway to come up with a ...  >>MORE

100,000 benefit from amnesty over six months

Posted on 02/07/2003

A total of 100,000 illegal immigrants benefited from the general amnesty over the past six months, said a source at the General Directorate of Naturalisation and Residency. The general amnesty was announced by the UAE on January 1, and then extended until June 30. Some 40,000 illegals were arrested following intensive inspection campaigns carried out by immigration officials over the past months to crack down on illegal immigrants, said the source. The source indicated that the cabinet's ...  >>MORE

Exit door still open for illegals

Posted on 02/07/2003

The Interior Ministry is encouraging all illegal residents to report to any Naturalisation and Residency Department at any time as the door is still open for them to leave. All should avoid breaking the law, said a ministry official. Although the amnesty period has ended, the Naturalisation and Residency Departments will still receive illegal residents and overstayers and help them to leave. The authorities have announced a massive crackdown and search for those staying illegally. The search ...  >>MORE

Amnesty ends, crackdown to start

Posted on 01/06/2003

Yesterday was the last for amnesty seekers to leave without penalty. The authorities have announced that they will begin a massive crackdown and search for those illegals who are still in the country. The Ministry of Interior is scanning the irises of those leaving. Those found living in the country illegally from now will be punished under Federal Law No. 13 of 1996. They will face a maximum jail term of 10 years and Dh10,000 fine. The minimum punishment is one month jail term and Dh1,000 fine ...  >>MORE

Last call for illegals to leave country

Posted on 28/05/2003

With the countdown to the deadline of the amnesty granted to illegal immigrants to leave the country, UAE immigration authorities yesterday made the last call for those who are waiting for the last minute, to avail of this chance, warning that stringent penalties will be taken against anyone caught beyond the deadline of May 30. Top officials of the Ministry of Interior made the call at the 9th session of the Federal National Council (FNC) chaired by Speaker Mohammed Saeed Al Ghandi. The ...  >>MORE

No extension of grace period for illegal aliens

Posted on 12/05/2003

Brigadier Hader Khalaf Al Muhairi, Director General of Naturalisation and Residency, today said that the grace period given to residence visa violators will not be extended. In a press conference in Abu Dhabi, Muhairai said that the Cabinet had previously extended the period due to the large number of illegal aliens who reported themselves to the authorities for deportation. He added that the number of violators who had been fingerprinted thus far had reached 72925, while exit permits had been ...  >>MORE

UAE amnesty to illegals extended

Posted on 30/04/2003

The four-month amnesty, which ends today, has been extended by one month as per a statement issued yesterday by the Ministry of Interior. In a statement obtained by "Gulf News”, the ministry urged all offenders to take advantage of the new offer to leave the country immediately to avert harsh punishment. The extension was decided by the federal cabinet's meeting held on Monday, official from the Department of Naturalisation and Residency Department stressed that the new offer is the last chance ...  >>MORE

Illegals in rush to beat deadline

Posted on 29/04/2003

The clock is ticking rapidly for illegals in the country - and by tomorrow the deadline for the amnesty will have passed, leaving those still in the country facing hefty fines and jail sentences. "In the last four days Al Quoz jail has been receiving 1,000 to 1,500 illegals a day applying for exit documents." At Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, however, the number of illegal women seeking to use the final hours of the amnesty has not exceeded 100 a day. "We have tried our best ...  >>MORE

Hunt for illegals to begin May 1

Posted on 24/04/2003

Beginning May 1, four departments here will work hand in hand to hunt down illegals and overstayers who failed to use the amnesty to leave the country. Dubai Municipality, Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and Dubai Police, will conduct intensive 24-hour drives to flush out illegal residents. "Those caught will face severe punishment because their illegal status will not be tolerated any longer. The campaign will focus on peddlers and ...  >>MORE

35,000 make use of amnesty

Posted on 18/04/2003

As the 120-day amnesty draws to a close, not more than 35,000 illegal immigrants have left the country. Pre-amnesty estimates by Naturalisation and Residency Departments that 300,000 would leave were revised downward last week to 150,000. Officials are putting in long hours, but the results are far from satisfactory. It seems that the amnesty was affected by the war on Iraq. Or it could be that strict procedures such as fingerprinting and retina scanning have prevented people from turning ...  >>MORE

ADIND carries out inspection raid in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi

Posted on 13/04/2003

More than 45 illegal residents of African and Asian nationalities were arrested during an inspection raid staged by Abu Dhabi Immigration and Naturalisation Department in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi. An official source at the Abu Dhabi Immigration and Naturalisation Department said that the inspection raids will continue over the coming days in an extensive manner to arrest violators of the entry and residence law who did not avail themselves of the general amnesty granted by the ...  >>MORE

Thousands throng amnesty counters

Posted on 12/04/2003

Thousands of illegal residents who have used delaying tactics to leave the country at the 11th hour under the amnesty, are standing in queues for more than 12 hours each day at the immigration department. The amnesty counters at the General Directorate of Naturalisation and Residency in Abu Dhabi have been flooded with more than 2,000 amnesty seekers daily over the last two weeks, according to officials. There were more than 1,000 people outside the immigration building while another crowd of ...  >>MORE

Amnesty offers some relief to airlines

Posted on 08/04/2003

Leading airlines operating out of Abu Dhabi are pinning their hopes on the amnesty traffic starting later this month to pull them out of the tight situation they are in due to the Iraq war. The war in Iraq is casting a dark shadow over airlines which are struggling with a poor passenger load factor, especially on the U.S. and Europe sector, and now the Far East sector due to fears of the pneumonia virus. Some airlines such as KLM and Alitalia have halted operations from Abu Dhabi and a few ...  >>MORE

150,000 illegals expected to leave

Posted on 08/04/2003

About 150,000 illegal residents will have left the country under the amnesty when it ends on April 30, the chief of the immigration department at the Ministry of Interior said yesterday. Brigadier Hadher Khalaf Al Muhairi, General Director of General Directorate of Naturalisation and Residency at the ministry, said at a briefing: "The number of amnesty-seekers so far is not what we had expected. By the end of the clemency, not more than 150,000 illegal residents will leave the country," the ...  >>MORE

12,000 illegals register for amnesty

Posted on 06/04/2003

Nearly 12,000 illegal workers registered at the Dubai immigration authorities during the last three months, a senior official told Gulf News, adding that an intensive campaign to hunt illegals will begin soon. Col. Saeed Mater bin Bleilah, Director General of the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), said that the Department expects to receive a large number of overstayers and illegal workers seeking out-passes to leave the country in April, which is the month at the end of ...  >>MORE

UAE to extend visit visas of Iraqis free of charge

Posted on 03/04/2003

The UAE will extend visit visas free of charge for Iraqis which have expired, the Interior Ministry announced yesterday. The extension will be given to any type of visa, including transit visa, a source at the ministry said. He added that the special consideration is being given to those Iraqis who are also transferring their work visa. He said there are very few illegal Iraqi workers in the UAE. Earlier, Brigadier Hadher bin Khalaf Al Muhairi, Director of the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and ...  >>MORE

Screening process to be quickened

Posted on 03/04/2003

The Immigration and Residency Department will soon speed up the process for illegal residents and will provide them with outpasses within a week after they are retina-scanned and finger-printed. A Ministry of Interior source told Gulf News yesterday that results from the scans will be available within 48 hours, whether the workers do not have any criminal records. "This is being done so that amnesty-seekers can leave the emirates as soon as possible," he said. He reiterated that those giving ...  >>MORE

Drive against illegals intensified

Posted on 01/04/2003

The Directorate of Naturalisation and Residency at the Interior Ministry has intensified its campaign to flush out illegal residents from the country and would be advertising in newspapers and distributing pamphlets in different languages. The media campaign and pamphlets will be in various Indian, Urdu and Persian languages asking the illegals to immediately report to the immigration departments to leave the country under the amnesty which expires on April 30. The step has been taken following ...  >>MORE

Illegal Iraqis can stay in country until war ends

Posted on 31/03/2003

Iraqi nationals, residing illegally in the UAE, will be given time beyond the amnesty deadline of April 30 to leave the country, according to Brigadier Hadher Khalaf Al Muhairy, Director General of the Naturalisation and Residency Directorate of the Interior Ministry. "Due to the Iraq war, the ministry has decided that Iraqi nationals living in violation of the country's immigration laws will not be required to leave the country by the general amnesty deadline if the war continues beyond April ...  >>MORE

1,392 sought amnesty in RAK

Posted on 31/03/2003

A total of 1,392 amnesty-seekers have approached the Naturalisation and Residency Department since the amnesty was announced on January 1. Lt. Col. Jasim bin Issa, who heads the department, said the number increased recently compared to the first few weeks. He called on illegal immigrants to utilise the amnesty soon since there is only a month left. They should not wait till the last minute when there will be a big rush. The department has dedicated a special building and amnesty-seekers can ...  >>MORE

Massive crackdown on illegals planned

Posted on 31/03/2003

Labour and residency departments will soon launch a massive inspection campaign to weed out illegal immigrants, a senior official said yesterday. The decision was taken after the Cabinet approved a proposal to crack down on illegal immigrants. When the amnesty was announced on January 1, the Cabinet did away with the usual practice of a joint inspection by the labour and residency departments, the Labour Ministry official told Gulf News yesterday. The Cabinet decided to let illegal immigrants ...  >>MORE

10,000 make use of amnesty

Posted on 07/03/2003

Nearly 10,000 illegal residents turned themselves in at naturalisation departments in the country halfway through the four-month amnesty, said an official from the Ministry of Interior. After a month and a half, the amnesty has not yielded satisfactory results, said the high-ranking official. The ministry recently reported that they expect no more than 300,000 to leave, but less than 5,000 illegals submitted themselves to the Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD), and about ...  >>MORE

14 days to leave after exit permit is issued

Posted on 12/01/2003

Amnesty-seekers must leave the country within 14 days from the date of issue of their exit permits instead of seven announced earlier, said a senior official yesterday. Major Essa Salim Al Qaydi of the Sharjah Naturalisation and Residency Department and in charge of the Amnesty Centre said the Ministry of Interior decided to extend the period to give people sufficient time to arrange their departure. The time frame is written in Arabic on the exit permit. Major Al Qaydi said the exit permit ...  >>MORE

Illegals without missions get help

Posted on 07/01/2003

Amnesty-seekers without proper travel documents and whose countries do not have a mission in the UAE will soon have their diplomats from other GCC countries visiting to process out passes. Nigeria, Ethiopia and Nepal are among countries which have no mission here. The amnesty has prompted a number of these communities to coordinate with their nearest embassies in GCC countries. The out passes will be processed free and their officials are liasing with airlines to reduce fares. They are also ...  >>MORE

Number of amnesty seekers swells in Al Ain

Posted on 07/01/2003

The number of amnesty seekers in Al Ain has gradually been increasing as illegal immigrants from different nationalities are completing the process to avail of the pardon offered by the UAE. Many people who have lost their passports have been obtaining out passes (temporary travel documents) from the missions of their respective countries. An embassy source, however, said that out passes would be issued only from the embassy in Abu Dhabi and the consulate general in Dubai. The mission has ...  >>MORE

Four-month amnesty will be the last chance for violators: official

Posted on 06/01/2003

The four-month long amnesty for illegal residents in the country, which began in January 1, will be the longest and last amnesty for residency law violators, a senior Interior Ministry official said here today. "immediately after the expiry of the amnesty, there will be a an intensive nation-wide crackdown on illegals”, said Brigadier Hadhir bin Khalef Al Muhairy, Director General of the Residency and Naturalisation Directorate at the Ministry of Interior. Muhairy who was speaking to the ...  >>MORE

Free tickets for Afghans seeking amnesty

Posted on 05/01/2003

The UAE government will provide free air tickets to all Afghans who have been working and living here illegally and who wish to take advantage of the amnesty, diplomatic sources told Gulf News yesterday. Meanwhile, a huge crowd of illegal aliens queued up at the Dubai Immigration and Residency Department (DNRD). (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi sees encouraging response from overstayers

Posted on 05/01/2003

The four-month general amnesty for illegal immigrants effectively came into force yesterday across the country with hundreds approaching immigration offices and diplomatic missions to process travel documents. The amnesty was announced by the government on December 24, to begin on January 1 and conclude on April 30. However, it could take effect only yesterday due to the New Year holiday followed by the weekend. "The campaign effectively began this morning, with the immigration offices ...  >>MORE

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Thousands expected at centres as UAE visa amnesty begins


Video matter referred to the Abu Dhabi Public Prosecution Office


Amnesty helps 176,000 workers legalise their status


Amnesty decision streamlines the labour market: Al Sha'afar


2,000 amnesty seekers rush for outpass


Amnesty for illegal residents extended to November


No extension of the three-month amnesty: Khaili


Amnesty for violators of residency law will not be extended: official


6,500 people seek amnesty in Sharjah


About 60,000 visas cancelled since June 3


Absconders with criminal records and no entry papers to get life ban


Amnesty seekers rush to collect outpasses


Guide for amnesty-seekers issued


Hundreds throng missions


100,000 benefit from amnesty over six months


Exit door still open for illegals


Amnesty ends, crackdown to start


Last call for illegals to leave country


No extension of grace period for illegal aliens


UAE amnesty to illegals extended


Illegals in rush to beat deadline


Hunt for illegals to begin May 1


35,000 make use of amnesty


ADIND carries out inspection raid in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi


Thousands throng amnesty counters


Amnesty offers some relief to airlines


150,000 illegals expected to leave


12,000 illegals register for amnesty


UAE to extend visit visas of Iraqis free of charge


Screening process to be quickened


Drive against illegals intensified


Illegal Iraqis can stay in country until war ends


1,392 sought amnesty in RAK


Massive crackdown on illegals planned


10,000 make use of amnesty


14 days to leave after exit permit is issued


Illegals without missions get help


Number of amnesty seekers swells in Al Ain


Four-month amnesty will be the last chance for violators: official


Free tickets for Afghans seeking amnesty


Abu Dhabi sees encouraging response from overstayers