Some residents have been turned away and asked to return with proper paperwork, such as a house rent contract, water and electricity bills, work contract, wedding contract, birth certificate, salary certificate and passport copy are essential, however, the type of documents that are required may vary from each emirate. One syrian mentioned that he was asked to bring in health insurance certificates, which he doesn't have nor can afford.
Regardless of their current status, Syrian illegal residents in the UAE are eligible for a one-year residency visa. After loosing his house and some relatives, Hail Harouni and his family moved to Sharjah to begin a new life. "A one-year visa will help us because we were paying too much for the visit visa before. It costs a lot and we kept getting it again and again. This amnesty has come at a very fortunate time for us. Maybe, I can also get a job after I am a legal resident to support my family," said Harouni. Other than Hail, Ahmed Hassan, a 19-year-old, will also be availing the amnesty.
Indian Islamic Centre (IIC) in Abu Dhabi recently welcomed an Indian family of five and helped them with the amnesty procedure to take. The centre also provided the family with return tickets to India. This will help the family to start a new life again in Dubai after the father's business had ran into loss and the school enrollment of the kids was discontinued.
Lt. Col. Faris Mohammed Al Mazrouei, representative of Sharjah Police General Headquarters at the Sharjah Police, said: "In two days, we saw more than 200 violators, mainly female domestic help workers, who came without any official documents such as passport or identity card. Some of them just wrote their names in papers and submitted their applications." The lieutenant also added that charity organizations such as Sharjah Charity Association are willing to help the illegal residents by paying for fees or their return tickets.
Immigration officials have said they expect the numbers to rise over the next few weeks as word spreads that those staying without legal documents can return home to their family without paying overstay fines.The centers run from 8am to 8pm on weekdays. The centers have already welcomed over a thousand illegal residents and is expecting plenty more.
FIDA will continue to welcome the violators of the Entry and Residence Law of Foreigners wishing to obtain exit permits from the State as part of the "Protect Yourself by Modifying Your Status" initiative which ends on 31 October. As for the Philippine embassy in the UAE, it recently told Gulf News that the Philippine government will bear all expenses related to the departure and travel tickets for passengers from Abu Dhabi to Manila as well as domestic flights in the Philippines.
On day 2 of Protect Yourself campaign in Dubai, 2464 illegal residents visited the tents to avail the amnesty scheme. Among them, a 29-year-old Asian woman, who has been an illegal resident since she was born, with the company of her 10-year-old son. "I was born in the UAE and grew up in it. I never felt alienated from it. I think I will not find a country in the world that treats residents on its soil as a decent treatment like the UAE."
UNTV (Filipino News TV) recently shared a news report about the UAE Amnesty of 2018. The video includes footage of amnesty-seekers in line waiting to avail the amnesty scheme. In the video also, a woman from the Philippines is featured telling her story and expressing her gratitude.
Joel Piñero Pinili carried a fine of almost AED 100k for more than 3 years. For the past 3 years, he has been jobless and unable to tell his family back in the Philippines of his situation. Pinili expresses his gratitude to the Emirati Government for this opportunity. He also mentioned to Gulf News of a job offer her received recently and is eager to give it a chance.
The article contains all information one must know about the Amnesty. As well as full coverage of the procedure, the article includes personal stories of amnesty-seekers granted an emergency certificate and having their fines cleared. Also, the article includes a Live video with Client Happiness Director of Amer Centres, Major Salem Mohammad Bin Ali, in which he speaks about the amnesty and all what is needed to know about it. Major Salem also gives tips on the steps amnesty-seekers need to take.
Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi announced on Thursday the Indian Workers Resource Centre in Dubai and Sharjah renamed Pravasi Bharatiya Sahayata Kendra or PBSK. The IWRC had started functioning in Dubai on November 23, 2010 and in Sharjah on August 15, 2017.
Indian expat Abdulla Thayambath sells sandwiches and beverages for Dh1 to Dh3 and offers free food to the needy at the tents. Thayambath beverages and food help quench their thirst and beat their hunger as they waited to finish the procedures to fly home without getting fined for overstaying their visas. “I got this chance because of the kindness of the immigration officials. They are the ones who have given approvals ever since I started a cafeteria inside the old jail in Al Quoz in 2002.”
Following the Philippines to waive the fee on outpasses, Indian missions had earlier announced that they will issue free air tickets and emergency certificates to needy applicants on a case-by-case basis. Indian amnesty-seekers can get document free till October 31.