Abu Dhabi: People with expired residency visas will be fined and prosecuted from February 4, a statement by the Ministry of Interior said, adding that no further grace periods or exceptions will be made.
Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashidi, Acting Director General of Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs, said that the ministry is currently dealing with residency violators to ease procedures for their voluntary departure from the country during the amnesty.
Al Rashidi ensured that services are available to allow violators to benefit from the grace period by visiting residency departments across the UAE to obtain outpasses and leave the country without penalties.
The official also urged violators not to wait until amnesty’s final day to submit their papers.
In a previous statement, Major General Nasser Awadi Al Menhali, Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs, said that amnesty, approved by the Cabinet in April, covers only those who overstayed their visit or resident visas, but not infiltrators, who he said will be treated like criminals.
Earlier, Al Menhali added that residents who overstayed their visas can come forward with their passports and air tickets to obtain an outpass, get their fines waived, and leave the country.
Passports withheld by residency department in absconding cases will also be handed over to their holders, he said.