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UAE Amnesty Program to end tomorrow; expats await possible extension

The UAE government’s amnesty program for expats in the UAE, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), with overstaying and absconding cases may be extended, according to some top government officials.

The extension may be announced to give expats more time to submit necessary documents and avail of the program, reported Khaleej Times citing a top-government official as its source.

The possible extension may last for a month or 45 days.

As of press time, however, no official announcement of the extension had been released by the UAE government thus the last day of registration for the program is still October 31.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) of the Ministry of Interior earlier denied that there has been an announcement regarding the extension of the amnesty program offering expats in the UAE with overstaying or absconding cases to return to their home countries.

Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Al Dallal, spokesperson of GDFRA, said that expats must wait for official announcements from the government if there will be an extension for the program.

As of October 13, a total of 1,527 OFW amnesty grantees have arrived in Manila.

The latest batch, composed of 150 OFWs who arrived at Terminal 2 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on October 13, was the 14th batch of repatriated Filipino workers from the UAE.

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