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1996 - The UAE announced the first three-month amnesty for expatriates who have overstayed in the UAE following the expiry of their residence permits, visit visas or entry passes. The Ministry of Interior said in a statement that it has been decided to exempt all expatriates who have overstayed from paying the Dh100 per day fine. “The move is an indication of the Interior Ministry’s appreciation and understanding of the circumstances that led some of the expatriates to stay in the country after the expiry of their residence permits,” it said. “To allow these violators to leave the country without having to shoulder a financial burden, it has been decided to exempt all of them from the fine, provided they present themselves to an immigration officer at the port of exit,” it said.

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