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UAE’s 3-month amnesty for residency violators begins today

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Aug. 01, 18 | 8:48 am

The UAE General Amnesty scheme for overstaying expatriates and other residency violators officially starts today, from August 1 until October 31. It will enable anyone living and working illegally in the country to stay or leave without hiding or fear.

Dubbed as the “Protect Yourself by Modifying your Status” campaign, it aims to allow visa violators to leave the UAE without paying any fees or fines or change their status while paying nominal fees. The initiative will also cater to those who were able to enter the country illegally.

There are two main categories for those who are qualified for the amnesty:

Overstaying Filipinos. These are Filipinos who have overstayed for more than 30-90 days, depending on their visa as well as Filipinos whose visas were cancelled by their previous employer but weren’t able to find new employment within 30 days.

Filipinos with an absconding case. Filipinos who have a legal case of Absconding from their previous employer as well as Filipinos whose passports were never returned by their previous employer.

Expats who avail of the UAE’s amnesty program will be granted the following benefits:

– Exemption from fines

– Allowed to leave the country without a ban stamp with a capability to return after departure

– Modify their visa status within the UAE

– Those who choose to stay may also take advantage and seek job employment by registering at a web portal available at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

– Those who choose to stay can also to re-apply for a new temporary visa that could last up to six months.

On the part of the Philippine government, it has assured OFWs who will decide to return home after being granted amnesty that it will shoulder the required fees, as well as the one-way plane ticket for OFWs who are planning to take advantage of the amnesty period.

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) also advised OFWs in the UAE to take advantage of the program.

“We urge our kababayans in the UAE who have overstayed or have absconded from their employers to take advantage of this program,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano said.

Assistance for those who will be repatriated

In an exclusive interview with The Filipino Times, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Silvestre Bello III said that among the assistance to be extended to repatriated OFWs from the UAE include cash assistance worth Php20,000 under the livelihood program Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay (BPBH) program.

DOLE will also provide transportation allowance to OFWs who live in far areas and provinces. Once they arrive in the country, DOLE will give them the choice to return to their respective provinces or temporarily stay in a housing facility organized by the Philippine government, free-of-charge.

Aside from financial assistance, skills trainings and seminars will be provided to OFWs. Their children will also be eligible and will be prioritized when applying for scholarships offered by the government.

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