Grace Period Date Announced for UAE's Illegal Residents

Published June 21st, 2018 - 10:46 GMT
The period will coincide with the timing given for other special visa applicants. (Khaleej Times)
The period will coincide with the timing given for other special visa applicants. (Khaleej Times)

Following up on the initiative granting a grace period for illegal residents in the UAE, sources indicate that the period will coincide with the visa application period for the 1-year emergency residency given for victims of wars and disasters.

The time period to rectify illegal residency in the UAE will begin from August 1, 2018, till October 31, as given by Emarat Al Youm report.

The period will also coincide with the visa extension period allocated for women who have been recently widowed. 

The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship is preparing to launch the "Protect Yourself by Modifying Your Status" initiative, implementing the Cabinet's decision and allow for a grace period for illegal residents to rectify their status.

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Ali Mohammed bin Hammad Al Shamsi, Chairman of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, praised the decision of the Council of Ministers to adopt a new legislative package to review the current residence system.

Those who have such a status won't face legal consequences, will be exempt from violation fines.

This helps the UAE maintain its economic competitiveness, strengthening its position as one of the best countries in the world by providing decent opportunities for those looking for social and economic stability.


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