The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) released a statement yesterday reporting 729 undocumented Filipinos have been repatriated from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as part of the middle eastern nation’s ongoing amnesty program.
The program, which runs until October 31, allows those who entered the country illegally to exit without any fines but will be penalized with a two-year entry ban. It also allowed for those who have overstayed their visas to leave the country without paying any fines or, for those currently employed, apply for a new visa.
Since last month, hundreds of repatriated Filipinos have been arriving in Manila from the UAE, with the latest batch comprised of 105 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
Earlier, DFA urged all OFWs in such situations to take advantage of the program.
“DFA is encouraging undocumented Filipinos in the UAE to take advantage of the amnesty program,” the agency posted on social media. “DFA also extends its gratitude to the UAE for giving as many as 30,000 Filipinos the opportunity to either correct their immigration status or return to the Philippines.”
While the program runs until October 31, cases reported after July 31 are not considered./WDJ