UAE: One-year residency permit for war-hit expats

Citizens of war-torn countries living in the UAE who have overstayed their visas will be allowed to remain in the Emirates for a year if they come forward, declare their illegal status and apply for a stay permit.

The new decision will see nationals of affected countries granted an extendable one-year permit – regardless of the conditions of their visa – between August 1 to October 31, 2018, as well as an exemption from any imposed fines.

The new decision is part of the UAE’s ongoing efforts to help all those in need around the world and strengthen its position as an incubator of all nationalities, acting as a second homeland.

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It is also a part of the country’s principles and responsibility to support the most vulnerable people of the world as an active supporter of international peace and stability, especially in the Arab and the GCC region.

The UAE offers a global model of economic development, cultural values, and political and social stability. Its foreign policy, developed by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is based on the firm strategic principles of maintaining relations with all countries, standing by the most vulnerable and needy in the world, and contributing effectively to the promotion of international stability and peace.

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Source Credit: Khaleej Times

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