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Expatriates will have to clear all fines before visas can be cancelled

Those wishing to leave UAE or change jobs must have no outstanding penalties

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Community and Crime Correspondent
  • Published: 21:48 January 13, 2014
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Gulf News archives
  • Crowded counters at the Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department. The computer systems of the traffic police and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have already been linked to all Residency and Foreigners Affairs Departments in the UAE. This step is to ensure that expatriates pay all their financial dues.

Dubai: Expatriates will not be allowed to leave the UAE unless they have paid all their fines in line with new Interior Ministry measures.

“Expatriates must not have any unpaid fines or any police cases against them in order to be able to cancel their visa to leave the country or to get a new visa here,” Major General Mohammad Ahmad Al Merri, Director-General of Dubai Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department in Dubai (GDRFA), told Gulf News.

He said this applied all over the country.

According to new rules implemented by the Ministry of Interior late last year the rules will be expanded to cover all financial commitments by expatriates.

“We have linked procedures to cancel visas for expatriates with the payment of all their road fines.”

The computer systems of the traffic police and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) have already been linked to all Residency and Foreigners Affairs Departments in the UAE.

This step is to ensure that expatriates pay all their financial dues.

An American resident in Sharjah, who had his visa issued by Sharjah Free Zone and who wanted to have his visa cancelled to change jobs, said he was shocked to discover he owed Dh10,000 in Salik fines.

William M. said he was new to the country and did not know about Salik.

“When I bought and registered my car no one told me that I needed a Salik tag,” he said.

He said he was asked by the residency department in Sharjah to pay his RTA fines in Dubai before getting his visa cancelled by the Sharjah Free Zone.

“I had to pay Dh10,000 in traffic fines.”

He said newcomers to the country should be educated about the rules here to avoid breaking the law.

Comments (10)

  1. Added 18:34 January 14, 2014

    good sign of trust and acknowledgement to all .Every one should obey U A E laws to improve living standard.I request authorities to have discount scheme for those who cannot pay their fines.

    qazi sehba hussain, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 18:29 January 14, 2014

    Comedy of 2014 by William

    Joby Jacob, Dubai, India

  3. Added 15:55 January 14, 2014

    Not fit for gulf news to publish cases like that of WIlliams. Height of Negligence and not worth anything at all. In reports like this the cases of genuine and unique nature must be mentioned in news so that people are aware of the process. Cant believe someone is in Dubai on a resident visa without knowing Salik !

    Rajesh, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 15:51 January 14, 2014

    Ignorance excuses NO one . . . .

    Pablo, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 13:58 January 14, 2014

    I definitely agree with the UAE Ministry of Interior of the procedures regarding the non payment if fines for the visa cancellation.This rule will make all small companines follow the law.Its a v ery good news.

    Mohamad Shadab, Bur Dubai,Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 12:15 January 14, 2014

    This will surely promote safe driving on the roads and avoiding any act that attract fines, if both expatriates and UAE nationals are stopped at the airport to clear their fines prior to travelling. As long as the law is applicable to only expatriates and UAE nationals are exempted, it doesn't make any big difference as the UAE men are one of the main contributors of traffic and other fines.

    Zulfy, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:42 January 14, 2014

    This is a brilliant idea and it should be extended to include all residents and citizens when the go abroad on business or on leisure travel. Fines could be collected at the airport before allowing passengers to depart. It is known that many fines go unpaid for longest times and making people pay up at the airport will be a financial boon to the government. This will also deter people to drive safely and avoid other illicit acts that attract fines.

    Louiie Tedesco, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 11:06 January 14, 2014

    Dubai Government is doing a great job. Government should inform the expatriates earlier about the new rules now people will suffer more for paying over staying penalty. Great Job more money to collect.

    willie, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 10:40 January 14, 2014

    To Mr. William M", 10,000 AED means that you passed more than 100 times through SALIK gates!! you didn't ever asked your self "what does this sign mean?" when you pass signs "Salik Tag after 2 km" or "Last Free Exit" !!

    AbuHamza, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:37 January 14, 2014

    Is It applicable for Credit Card loan, Vehicle Loan and home loan???? if you know any one regarding this issue kindly update the status and put your comments.

    Aleem Basha Shaik, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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