The first week of the government’s amnesty programme saw more than 10,000 people applying for assistance in Dubai. The amnesty programme which commenced last week, seeks to help people without a valid visa in rectifying their status. Estimates suggest that around 10,797 people have flocked to the immigration centres in Dubai seeking assistance. Meanwhile it remains to be seen how the rest of the Emirates is coping with the amnesty seeking crowd.
Officials say that up to a quarter of the applications in Dubai were from people who applied for fresh visas and wanted to remain in the UAE. A fraction of the applicants are those who want to return to their home countries while others are still in the processing stages because one or more of their vital documents are presumed lost.
Millions of dirhams have been waived under the amnesty scheme, showing the generous and giving spirit of the UAE. The three-month programme which began on August 1, is slated to conclude on October 31.