UAE gives two-month grace period for violators to leave

Abu Dhabi: Violators of the federal law on entry and residency of foreigners will have two months, starting from 4 December, to leave the country or face the full force of the law, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) announced today.

Major General Nasser Al Menhali, Assistant MoI Undersecretary for Naturalization, Residency and Exits Affairs, told the media today that offenders of the law would be exempted from fines if they voluntarily depart the country. The grace period, from 4 December 2012 to 4 February 2013, was given in virtue of the Cabinet Resolution No.119 for 2012.

He said that a two-week massive media campaign was rolled out today to educate the law breakers about the simplified procedures to waive the accumulated fines and penalties and leave the country safely.

He added that a number of full-manned and equipped naturalization and residency centres would receive violators on morning and night shifts to finalize departure transactions.

”Anyone caught after the amnesty will face legal procedures,” he warned.

Al Menhali urged violators to seize the valuable opportunity and contact the call centre in Dubai on the toll free number 8005111 for further information.

”Another call centre will be established in Abu Dhabi shortly,” he said.

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