Amnesty seekers at Sharjah Immigration. Image Credit: Atiq ur Rehman/Gulf News

Dubai: The Indian government has decided to waive emergency certificate fee for Indian amnesty-seekers till October 31.

In a press release issued on Friday, the government of India announced that the Dh60 fee for issuance of emergency certificate (outpass) and Dh9 service fee will not be charged during the three-month amnesty announced by the UAE Government.

Indian amnesty-seekers, who do not have a valid passport need to apply for an emergency certificate at BLS branches across the UAE.

On the first day of the amnesty on Wednesday, dozens of Indian applicants visited the main amnesty centre in Al Aweer, where the Indian consulate opened a special counter, as well as at the offices of BLS International, the outsourced agency which accepts outpass applications from those without a valid passport.

Indian labourers and housemaids, who had previously taken outpasses from the consulate were the first to arrive at the main BLS Centre in Al Khaleej Centre in Dubai on Wednesday.

Indian missions had earlier announced that they will issue free air tickets and emergency certificates to needy applicants on a case-by-case basis.

The Philippines was the first to waive the fee on outpasses followed by Pakistan and Nepal.

Bangladesh decided to issue the document at a discounted rate while Sri Lanka announced a fee waiver on a case-by-case basis.