Philippines to bear all expenses for Filipinos exiting UAE during amnesty

Dubai: The Philippine missions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai on Thursday announced that their government will bear the expenses of sending home the undocumented citizens availing the upcoming amnesty in the UAE.

The missions said they will pay for the processes required for those wishing to leave the UAE.

This will include fees for exit permits, clearances, and flight tickets to the Philippines.

The missions clarified that the humanitarian gesture of financial support will be extended only to those citizens who will leave the UAE without a ban during the amnesty.

This means the missions will issue emergency travel document [referred to as out-pass] for those without a valid passport free of cost and will also pay all the fees required for those exiting the country.

According to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreign Affairs in Dubai, amnesty seekers have to pay Dh221 for their exit permit.

If there is any absconding case against them, they need to make an additional payment for getting the cases closed.

According to the GDRFA, the fee for clearing absconding cases will be Dh121 if it is an individual case, Dh521 for employees of private companies and Dh71 for employees of government departments.

The missions said visa overstayers who wish to stay back in the country by legalising their visa status will have to pay the required fee, which is Dh521, according to the GDRFA.

The missions urged citizens living illegally to visit Al Aweer amnesty centre to process their documents from Sunday to Thursday, from 8am to 8pm, starting from August 1 to October 31.

They reminded the citizens that the amnesty covers only those who are overstaying and have absconding cases.

Those with police cases for loan default or cases of children born out of wedlock will not be eligible for the amnesty scheme, they clarified.

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