General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai has built two pavilions for the reception of applicants for a visa amnesty. Tents are located in the branch office in the Al Awir district and can simultaneously accommodate three thousand people.
The visa amnesty center will operate from August 1 to October 31, from 08.00 to 20.00. The reception will be led by representatives of the Dubai Police, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization and the Directorate itself. In total, there will be opened 40 reception windows in different languages, as well as a help center for women with children.
The center in the Al Awir district will receive visa violators who do not have documents, but want to leave the country without fines and further prohibition of visiting the country. After the authorization has been granted, the applicant will have to leave the country within 21 days. The authorization fee is 221 Dhs (US $ 60.5).
For those who want to legalize their stay in Dubai during the same period, Amer centers will work. There are 43 such centers in Dubai. They will deal with issues of the payment of fines related to the delay of visas, Emirates IDs and work permits. Applicants will be able to update their expired visas and get new ones in these centers. This will give them a chance to start a new life.
It is important to remind, that since August 1, the authorities of the United Arab Emirates are launching a visa amnesty program, according to which foreign citizens who violated the status of stay in the UAE will be given a grace period of three months, during which they can either voluntarily leave the country without further prosecution, or change their legal status by paying a fee.
Facilitating the visa regime will allow foreigners who have exceeded their stay to remedy their situation, stimulate expats to legalize the status, or voluntarily leave the country without further prohibition of entry.
Visa amnesty was held in the UAE for the last time in 2013. Under its conditions, foreign citizens with overdue visas and residence permits in a certain period of time could leave the country without being subjected to administrative or criminal punishment. Amnesty was used by more than 62 thousand people. This was the third large-scale amnesty in the history of the Emirates. As a result of the first two, conducted in 1996 and in 2002, about 400 thousand foreigners left the country, mostly from South Asian countries.
Visa amnesty will last from August 1 to October 31, 2018. If necessary, the term can be extended for two months.