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The UAE is a cosmopolitan, multi-ethnic country which is home to more than 200 nationalities. The UAE is also visited daily by thousands of guests coming from all over the globe.

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 14:55 March 16, 2009

Immigration & Visas
  • Image Credit: Gulf News
  • Don't leave yourself or your family open to the risk of deportation.

Dubai:Wherever you are from, resident or visitor, your human and civil rights are protected by the UAE's constitution and laws.

However, you are required to abide by the country's regulations and conventions.

Like any other country in the world, the UAE has the right to impose a punishment on anyone who contravenes the country's law.

That punishment could include deportation or a ban from entering the country permanently or for a specific period of time.

According to the UAE Federal Punitive Law, there are two kinds of expulsion which can be issued for a crime, even if the guilty party has legal residence.

The court also has the right to sentence the person to be deported immediately, without a jail sentence.

The authorities also have the right to expel an expatriate without the need for a legal sentence to be issued, even if the party has legal residence and even if he or she did not commit a crime.

The expulsion could include the person's family members. This kind of deportation can take place if the person is residing in the country but is not earning a living, if the government believes the person could endanger the safety of the country or the person offends the country's morals or culture.

Deportation of expatriates can also be done by an order from the naturalisation and residency department, if a person is found to have entered the country illegally.

Overstaying a visa or staying in the country without a residence visa can also lead to deportation.

Following expulsion, a deportee will not be allowed to re-enter the country.

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