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Amnesty for UAE illegals


Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. FILE PHOTO

Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) illegally have until February to avail themselves of an amnesty program that would legitimize their stay.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Wednesday encouraged overseas Filipino workers in the UAE to leave the country without penalty or regularize their visas by Feb. 3.

She said the Abu Dhabi government had issued a new two-month amnesty to illegal residents that took effect on Dec. 4.

After the deadline, UAE authorities will consider those who failed to avail themselves of the amnesty as being illegal. Tina G. Santos


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  • ruben_bush

    There are no illegal persons.  There are only undocumented persons.  And since they are not illegal, they do not need amnesty-which are only for criminals.  These undocumented persons should be regularised.

    • opinyonlangpo

      I can see two crimes, one is staying illegally and second is working illegally. Criminals.

    • nkogni2

       There are no illegal persons, you are right, but they are referring to “illegal residents”.  “Abu Dhabi government had issued a new two-month amnesty to illegal residents that took effect on Dec. 4.”
      Once a person is undocumented (as you call it), it means He/She is illegal resident, they don’t have a valid visa or permit to stay in that particular country that’s why the UAE government is helping these illegal residents. If you are a Filipino (which I presumed you are) you should be thankful for the UAE government for this kind of gesture. It’s seldom for a country to gave amnesty for illegal residents. And lastly, don’t demand to regularized undocumented people, you don’t have the right, especially if you are not  a citizen to that country. You should know how to respect the laws and rules of other country including your own beloved one.   

    • kanoy

       undocumented=illegal when the law states it is illegal for a foreigner to travel in the UAE without documents

    • opinyonlangpo

      Filipinos usually go there with visit visas with the intention of finding employment there. Unfortunately, its not that easy since it is a very costly country most probably more expensive than USA.  And these Filipinos end up moneyless in a month or so. The ample amount required for 6 months stay or the time required to find the right employment can reach a whooping six thousand dollars but most usually go with just four or five hundred dollars not even enough to renew their visas thus ending up as illegals. There are thousands of them and most usually end up living in a crowded rooms in slums like conditions. The lure of greener pastures is irresistible.

  • opinyonlangpo

    There are lots of Filipino illegals who would benefit from this. That is something good to happen for those who miss their love ones, others might have lost hope and might already have started a new family out there. The first amnesty happened in 1995 and possibly this is the third one.

    • kanoy

       the United Arab Emirates should RESCIND the offer UNLESS the RP makes the SAME offer to all the United Arab Emirates citizens who are in the RP illegally

      • opinyonlangpo

        That’s a nice joke.

      • kanoy

         YOU CAN NOT CLAP WITH 1 HAND

      • opinyonlangpo

        I am just wondering what makes an Emirati become an illegal resident in the Philippines. Any suggestions? Its so hard to convince them to visit the Philippines. Anyway, thanks for the laugh.

      • kanoy

         Entering with fake ID,,,,or illegally…or overstaying visa

      • opinyonlangpo

        Thanks for the laugh again. Almost all, if not all, of them have their own liaison personnel to take care of their papers. They are royals in their own right, thanks to their oil rich country and thats why they are so proud and look down on Filipinos.

      • kanoy

         LOL SOUNDS LIKE MY DAD…HE ALWAYS SAID I WAS A ”ROYAL” PAIN IN THE A$$ LOL BUT SERIOUSLY,,,NO…THEY ARE NOT ALL ROYALS OR RICH,,,THE NUMBERS I FOUND FAST WAS IN 2001 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 2.4% AND IN 2003 19.5% OF THE POPULATION LIVED BELOW THE POVERTY LINE
        Unemployment rate(%) 2.4% (2001)
        Population below poverty line(%) 19.5% (2003)
        mongabay .com /history

      • opinyonlangpo

        They don’t like to work and so they are unemployed. Those who work are the poorer ones as the government provide them three types of lots, residential, commercial and farm lots and much more benefits. Many do not accept it as they feel insulted by these grants. By Philippine standards, all of them are multimillionaires hence they are called arbab. It is common for them to have six DH, and several cars of latest models. You have to visit UAE sometimes, most of the locals are unemployed.

      • kanoy

         I WAS NOT ALL THAT SAVVY ON THEM TO BEGIN WITH THEY JUST HAPPENED TO BE THE ONE THIS TIME,,,REPLACE THEM WITH COUNTRY X MY POINT WAS>>>EQUAL RECIPROCATION<<LIKE WITH IMMIGRANTS THEY SEND TO USA THEY DON'T PAY EVERY 60 DAYS TO STAY BUT KANO DO HERE UNLESS WED THEN OUT EACH YEAR,,,NO RECIPROCATION OF LIKE,,,THATS ALL I MEANT

  • hosay

    wala na libre dito sa UAE. you have to pay government stamp. Magulo ang Utak ng Arabo. Wala sa Hulog.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6HJZXKXIYRVEMXRLCX426CAZ5Y John

    ung bang pinapatawan ng amnesty at mapa uwi sa pinas may posibilidad pa na mka balik cla sa uae? 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6MI4KDMQZAH7DHLHQDCO46YBB4 Enrose Lacro

    about the amnesty i need to ask that if somebody can make the visa for any people that holding outpast they can be legal here , no need to out in uae and they don’t have any problem in immigration to apply for visa? even they are from housemaid visa before?



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