At a press briefing at the GDRFA center on Thursday, Brigadier Khalaf Al Ghaith, GDRFA Assistant Director General of Follow-up Sector of Violators and Foreigners, said out of the 1,534 applicants, 326 were given outpasses, 408 applied to renew their visa at Amer centres, 260 modified their residency status, 124 were absconding cases and 416 applied for visa cancellation without changing their status.
At Dubai’s Al Aweer Centre and Abu Dhabi’s Shahama, residents from the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Jordan, Syria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Indonesia and other nations packed in, most hoping to return to legal work. Shahama police turned away applicants at around 11am due to the sheer volume, asking them to return on Thursday. Receptionists, salesmen and housemaids who had been left behind when their employers left the country described the amnesty as their second chance.
Thousands of violators of nationalities from different countries have come to the nine centers to receive them from the early morning to take advantage of the initiative "Protect yourself by changing your situation." The dissenters'
An 18-year-old teenager who was born in the UAE but remained unregistered since birth was able to get his overstaying fine, which exceeded Dh1 million, waived. The article mentions also an Arab woman who had accrued nearly Dh500,000 in overstaying fines who was able to avail of the amnesty initiative, but no mention of the exact nationality of those two cases.
This articles mentiones again the case of a palestinian woman, who was staying illegally for 10 years, and had a total of 500,000 Dhs of waived fines. Most Probably this is the same lady who was mentioned in the previous article of Khaleej Times.
Filipino expatriate Ana Almosa couldn't afford the overstay fine of Dh15,000 for staying illegally for three years. She was working in a beauty salon but lost her job in 2015. Since then she had no luck finding another steady source of income, and had no money to pay for an air ticket back home, so she had to stay in the country. "Now I can go back home. I can't thank the UAE enough for this amnesty. I can start my life back home again."
In Ras Al Khaimah, the total amount of waived fines for three illegal expatriates summed up to 1,560,000 Dhs.
Filipina says her half-Filipino kids will get the chance to their where they are from after availing Amnesty scheme
The Lebanese newspaper was interested in covering the news about the amnesty initiative. However, the article only included the amnesty of workers and labors, mentioning nothing about the nationalities affected by war or destruction.
The German media agency is reporting about the amnesty in UAE (original article published in Urdu)