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Monday, August 13, 2018

Dubai OFW's P15.6 Million-Peso Fine For Overstaying Is Waived Thanks To Amnesty

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Ras Al Khaimah has decided to waive a Filipina's Dh1.08 million fine for overstaying illegally in the Emirates for 31 years. Khaleej Times reports she is one of four beneficiaries of the ongoing three-month amnesty in the UAE whose penalties have been waived. As part of the amnesty, they will be allowed to return and work in the UAE in the future, with the proper travel documents of course.
The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Ras Al Khaimah has decided to waive a Filipina's Dh1.08 million fine for overstaying illegally in the Emirates for 31 years. She is one of four beneficiaries of the ongoing three-month amnesty in the UAE whose penalties have been waived. As part of the amnesty, they will be allowed to return and work in the UAE in the future, with the proper travel documents of course.   She had entered the UAE on a visit visa in 1985. She then worked as a housemaid with an Arab national as per a legal residency visa in the first two years, but later became an illegal resident since then - for a total of 31 years.   Due to the long time spent working while being an illegal resident, she would have to pay 1.08 million Dirhams or an equivalent of 15.6 Million pesos in accumulated penalty (Exchange rate Dh1 = P14.45). This was the case before the UAE government decided to start the amnesty campaign.  There are almost 700,000 overseas Filipinos workers (OFW) living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 450,000 of which live in Dubai comprising 21.3% of the total population of Dubai. It is the largest population of Filipinos in the UAE, followed by Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. OFWs in the UAE sent over US$500 million in remittances to the Philippines.  Expatriates who are staying illegally in the UAE are encouraged to apply for the amnesty. For more information and guidance about what the amnesty is all about and how to avail of it, please check out these posts:    This post is filed under: UAE, Dubai, Abu Shabi, Amnesty, Illegal Resident, work in the UAE, beneficiary, Dirham, exchange rate, Tourist Visa
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 She had entered the UAE on a visit visa in 1985. She then worked as a housemaid with an Arab national as per a legal residency visa in the first two years, but later became an illegal resident since then - for a total of 31 years.

Due to the long time spent working while being an illegal resident, she would have to pay 1.08 million Dirhams or an equivalent of 15.6 Million pesos in accumulated penalty (Exchange rate Dh1 = P14.45). This was the case before the UAE government decided to start the amnesty campaign.

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There are almost 700,000 overseas Filipinos workers (OFW) living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 450,000 of which live in Dubai comprising 21.3% of the total population of Dubai. It is the largest population of Filipinos in the UAE, followed by Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. OFWs in the UAE sent over US$500 million in remittances to the Philippines.


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Expatriates who are staying illegally in the UAE are encouraged to apply for the amnesty. For more information and guidance about what the amnesty is all about and how to avail of it, please check out these posts:

This post is filed under: UAE, Dubai, Abu Shabi, Amnesty, Illegal Resident, work in the UAE, beneficiary, Dirham, exchange rate, Tourist Visa

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