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Interior: Illegal Residents Who Are Found after February 4, Are Violators and Prosecutable

26 Dec 2012
Al Khaleej
The Ministry of Interior has stressed that illegal residents who get caught after the 4th of February are violators and subject to legal prosecution and the consequent fines, as per the law. The ministry also reiterated that there would be no exceptions or extension to the amnesty granted to the illegal residents in the country.

“The ministry is treating amnesty seekers in a humanitarian way and facilitating procedures for them to leave the country voluntarily”, said Brigadier Saeed Rakan Al Rashedi, Director General of Naturalization at the Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs in the Ministry of Interior, Deputy Chairman of Violators Follow-up Committee.

He asserted that all facilities for processing the issues related to amnesty seekers are available at all the centers that were established for particularly for this purpose across the country. Urging violators not to wait till the last minute, he pointed out that there is turnout at the part of illegal residents who visit the centers to avail of the amnesty and leave the country.

Brigadier Al Rashedi has recently inspected the work progress and the procedures of processing amnesty seekers applications at the violators reception center in the Emirates Identity building in Musaffah in Abu Dhabi.

The inspection was attended by Colonel Salem Ali Al Qattam Al Za’abi, Director General of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs in Abu Dhabi; Colonel Khalifa Matar Balquba’, Director of the Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs Department in Al Ain; Colonel Saeed Salem Al Shamsi, Director of Information and Follow-up Department in “Abu Dhabi Residency”; and Lt. Colonel Matar Kherbash, Director of the Electronic Services Department; along with a number of officers.

Brigadier Al Rashedi made a tour inside the center, during which he was briefed about the appliances and equipment used in processing the amnesty seekers applications. He listened to a briefing from Colonel Salem Al Za’abi about the work progress at the center, the procedures of receiving amnesty seekers, the time duration of the process and the obstacles and disadvantages that might occur, and working on putting an end to them and finding the suitable solutions to enable violators to leave the country.

Brigadier Al Rashedi appreciated the cooperation between the General Department of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs in Abu Dhabi, EMASS for Security Solutions, and Emirates Identity center for providing all the services and facilities for the seekers of the amnesty that continues for two months, from December 4th till February 4th, 2013.
Last Update:: 12/26/2012