The amnesty centres meant for expediting efforts of illegal residents to rectify their status have started functioning once again after the long Eid Al Adha break. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (FAIC) has reached out to people who are staying back in the country illegally and urged them to drop in at their nearest amnesty centre.
The amnesty programme is expected to continue till October 31 and grants a three month leeway to illegal residents who wish to modify their status or leave the country without incurring the associated fines and legal tussles. Those who still do not take advantage of the generous initiative may find themselves at the receiving end of a stringent crackdown that will seek to punish violators with penalties.
Additional centres have been established at Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah to deal with an increasing number of applicants through the coming days. The centres have already issued a vast number of exit passes to illegal residents who wanted to leave the UAE.