UAE Press: Amnesty is a kind gesture, staying illegally is not

ABU DHABI, No more playing hide-and-seek with the law and living as shadowy figures in the country, said the Khaleej Times in an editorial on Wednesday.

“Three months to legalise their status is an opportunity to make a fresh start for many residents who have overstayed their welcome in the UAE. They have an option to leave and reapply without a ban hanging over their future, or stay back find a job for a second chance in life and in their careers. They can make it happen if they are willing to work hard and play by the rules and integrate into the mainstream with a valid residence visa. No more playing hide-and-seek with the law and living as shadowy figures in the country,” the paper added.

It went on to say that the government’s amnesty scheme is a well thought out process that proves the system and the leadership values expats who have contributed to the growth of the country, and are willing to take them back if they turn over a new leaf. “The inspiring theme here is mercy and kindness, which will enable people to build their lives all over again. Punishment is not a word that has been bandied about by Ministry of Interior and immigration officials who are piloting the programme, which comes like a breath of fresh air for those who have been observing these developments unfold over the last month in the run-up to the big day today,” the newspaper continued.

“Expats with invalid visas are encouraged to avail of the scheme and legalise their status, the English language daily said. “The law will be patient and kind, is the message from the authorities, and they need not fear retribution. Mission officials of countries will be at hand to guide them through the process with immigration officials in all emirates. Some countries have even said they will foot the travel bills of those expats returning home. In the last such scheme in 2013 more than 60,000 expats without proper documents exited the country.”

“The similar programmes were held in 2007, 2003 and 1996. While we laud the government for these humanitarian measures, we would also like to remind expatriates of their responsibilities. It is important that they pay heed to the laws of the land and understand the boundaries set. Play by the rules, we advise. Abuse, or ignorance of the law cannot be an excuse for staying without a valid visa in the country,” the Dubai-based daily concluded.

Source: Emirates News Agency

UAE Press: Amnesty is a kind gesture, staying illegally is not

ABU DHABI, No more playing hide-and-seek with the law and living as shadowy figures in the country, said the Khaleej Times in an editorial on Wednesday.

“Three months to legalise their status is an opportunity to make a fresh start for many residents who have overstayed their welcome in the UAE. They have an option to leave and reapply without a ban hanging over their future, or stay back find a job for a second chance in life and in their careers. They can make it happen if they are willing to work hard and play by the rules and integrate into the mainstream with a valid residence visa. No more playing hide-and-seek with the law and living as shadowy figures in the country,” the paper added.

It went on to say that the government’s amnesty scheme is a well thought out process that proves the system and the leadership values expats who have contributed to the growth of the country, and are willing to take them back if they turn over a new leaf. “The inspiring theme here is mercy and kindness, which will enable people to build their lives all over again. Punishment is not a word that has been bandied about by Ministry of Interior and immigration officials who are piloting the programme, which comes like a breath of fresh air for those who have been observing these developments unfold over the last month in the run-up to the big day today,” the newspaper continued.

“Expats with invalid visas are encouraged to avail of the scheme and legalise their status, the English language daily said. “The law will be patient and kind, is the message from the authorities, and they need not fear retribution. Mission officials of countries will be at hand to guide them through the process with immigration officials in all emirates. Some countries have even said they will foot the travel bills of those expats returning home. In the last such scheme in 2013 more than 60,000 expats without proper documents exited the country.”

“The similar programmes were held in 2007, 2003 and 1996. While we laud the government for these humanitarian measures, we would also like to remind expatriates of their responsibilities. It is important that they pay heed to the laws of the land and understand the boundaries set. Play by the rules, we advise. Abuse, or ignorance of the law cannot be an excuse for staying without a valid visa in the country,” the Dubai-based daily concluded.

Source: Emirates News Agency