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28 May 2024

UAE amnesty final countdown: Dh50,000 fine, just 1 day to go for crackdown

By Mohammad El Saday

With just one day left of the two-month amnesty grace period for illegal foreigners to leave the country without fines, the Ministry of Interior has warned private companies against employing over-stayers and announced a massive crackdown to ensure safety and security of the community.

The government had announced the grace period from 4 December 2012 to 4 February 2013 in line with the Cabinet Resolution 249 of 2012.

Major General Nasser Al Menhali, Ministry of Interior's Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation and Residency, said after the two-month amnesty will expire on Monday, 4th February 2013, the ministry will conduct an extensive around the clock inspection tours across the emirates to  nab violators.

He said the Ministry will adopt legal procedures against those found breaching the immigration laws.

Inspectors, he affirmed, would take no mercy on law breakers and they will be immediately deported to maintain security and safety of the society.

Brigadier Abdullah Sahoa, head of the amnesty media committee, appealed to all to perform their national and social duty by refraining from employing violators and to cooperate with the ministry and support its efforts against the violators after the
end of the grace period.

He said that the law imposes a fine of Dh50,000 on any one found employing a person not under his sponsorship. He who allows a sponsored  person to work with other employer without notifying the authority will pay the fine.

He warned that presence of violators would provide potential opportunity for  unemployment and crimes which will have negative consequences on the community.