UAE allows violators of residency law to leave country, waives all related fines

UAE allows violators of residency law to leave country, waives all related fines

The United Arab Emirates announced on Monday that violators of the Law on Entry and Residence of Foreigners are allowed to leave the country while exempting them from all fines during a grace period of three months, with retrospective effect from May 18 until August 18.

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship said in a video conference in the capital Abu Dhabi that the announcement which was made by the UAE Cabinet, comes in accordance with directives issued by President Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Major General Saeed Al Rashidi, director general of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, said all fines would be waived as long as people were leaving the country.

“Expatriate residents and visitors are exempted from all fines, as well as the ban stamp,” he said, in reference to a stamp on travel documents which prevents someone from returning to the Emirates.

He said the announcement applies on people who were in the country before March 1 without a valid visa – such as workers with expired permits, jobseekers on expired visit visas and people working without any documents.

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