Dubai: Over one lakh Indians have taken advantage of the UAE government’s three-month amnesty for illegal workers, officials said.
The number includes people who have left the country as well as those who have found jobs in the UAE and have regularised their status.
The three-month amnesty period given to illegal workers to regularise their status or leave the country without a penalty ended on 2 September, but local authorities have given a two-month grace period for people who have processed the papers, but are unable to return because of unavailability of air tickets.
According to the latest UAE government figures after the amnesty period ended, 2.78 lakh people had benefitted from the amnesty by regularising their legal status or leaving the county without a penalty.
In Dubai, 1,84,873 people took advantage of the amnesty, a majority of them are Indians, officials told PTI.
The officials say that nearly 70% of Indians utilizing the amnesty come from Andhra Pradesh.
Indian consulate officials in Dubai said, they had received 41,050 applications for Emergency Certificates (ECs). It has printed over 40,190 ECs and delivered 37,650 ECs.
It has received nearly 29,710 passports of Indian nationals from the local immigration authorities and distributed 20,145 passports to the public.
With the amnesty period over, the UAE authorities have said they will act tough on illegal workers.