Expatriates in the UAE without documents can take advantage of a
three-month amnesty from August 1.
Those who overstay their visa will be eligible to leave the country without
penalties or a ban on re-entry.
Lawyers said people must clear civil and criminal cases to be eligible to change
their visa status. In the case of children and other dependents, experts said the
law was clear.
“Dependents can avail of the immigration amnesty,” said Barney Almazar,
head of legal aid at the Philippine consulate and embassy.
“They are in a position to leave the country even if their father or mother has
police cases. The children don’t have to wait, as long as they have someone
to take care of them in the home country.
“The parents must face any existing criminal or civil cases and cannot leave
unless they pay the fine, serve the judgment and get clearance from the police.
They must face the court if they want to return.”
Previously, penalties and a ban on re-entering the country were imposed on
people without valid visas. A detailed programme on how to alter visa status
will be announced soon.
In the case of men and women who have children out of wedlock, officials have
explained that they will not be covered under amnesty and must face the legal
consequences. They can face up to one-year imprisonment.
In certain cases, the jail time can be commuted by the judge.