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Deportation from the UAE: What You Need to Know

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Deportation from Dubai and the UAE

Deportation can be a daunting and complex issue, whether you’re a resident or visitor in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Understanding the types, reasons, and procedures related to deportation is essential. At Al Kabban & Associates, we are here to provide you with comprehensive guidance on this matter.

Types and Reasons for Deportation

In the UAE, there are two primary types of deportation: legal and administrative.

Legal Deportation is issued under a court order and primarily involves foreigners sentenced for felonies or crimes involving sexual assault. According to Article 121 of Law No. 3 of 1987, a foreigner sentenced for a felony with custodial punishment can be deported from the UAE. In some cases, the court may also order deportation as an alternative penalty for certain misdemeanors.

Administrative Deportation, on the other hand, is issued by the Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority for reasons related to public interest, public security, public morals, or public health. This type of deportation can be lifted under an application submitted to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs in the relevant emirate.

It’s important to note that deportation may also apply to family members who depend on the deported individual for their livelihood.

Grace Period for Settling Interests

If a foreigner facing deportation has interests in the country that require resolution, a grace period may be granted upon providing bail. The Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship determines the duration of this grace period, which generally does not exceed three months.

Lifting Deportation

A deported foreigner may not return to the UAE without special permission from the director general of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. This process is governed by Article 28 of Law No. 6 of 1973 on Entry and Residence of Foreigners. To obtain special permission, one must submit an application to the naturalization and residency administration, which should include comprehensive information about previous residency permits, reasons for deportation, and subsequent circumstances.

Additionally, it is possible to apply to the public prosecution for the cancellation of a deportation order. Supporting documents and reasons should be provided, and a special committee reviews such applications. In Dubai, you can conveniently apply online to cancel deportation through the Public Prosecution’s website.

Blacklists and Administrative Lists

The UAE maintains blacklists and administrative lists to regulate the entry and exit of individuals. The blacklist may include names of those prohibited from entering or leaving the UAE due to various reasons, such as criminal activities, civil liabilities, or posing a threat to public security. The administrative list, on the other hand, includes individuals banned from entering the UAE due to the cancellation of their residence visas or those prohibited from leaving because they have absconded from their sponsors.

Lifting Names from Blacklists

Names on the blacklist can be lifted under specific conditions. For individuals banned from entering the UAE, procedures and rules are detailed in relevant laws. Names listed under orders by the Minister of Interior or the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship can be lifted through a similar process.

Similarly, names of individuals banned from leaving the UAE can be removed from the blacklist under written orders issued by the Public Prosecutor or a competent court. Individuals liable for government funds can also have their bans lifted with proper justification and authorization.

Lifting Names from the Administrative List

The Department of Entry and Residence Permits may remove names from the administrative list after one year from an individual’s departure or deportation from the UAE. This applies to categories such as domestic helpers who canceled their residence visas before their employment contracts expired, individuals deported under Article 29 of the Foreigner Entry and Residency Law, and those banned from entering the UAE under fines reduction regulations.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Question: “I was deported from Dubai after engaging in a fight. Can I come back and work again in Dubai? Can the ban be removed?”

Answer: In this instance, an individual may be deported from the UAE if their activities in the UAE are a threat to society, which may include reasons such as public interest, public security, public morals, or public health. This is in accordance with Article 15(1) of the UAE Immigration Law, which states, “The Federal Attorney General or his authorized representative and the President or whomever he delegates may order the deportation of the alien even if he has a visa or residence permit, if such deportation is required by the public interest, public security, public morals, or public health, or if he has no apparent means of living.”

Further, any individual may be deported due to an order issued by a relevant court in the UAE with jurisdiction to determine the matter or on the order of the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, Customs and Ports Security. An individual who is deported from the UAE may re-enter UAE upon obtaining permission from the President of the State. This is in accordance with Article 18(1) of the UAE Immigration Law, which states, “The Alien who has previously been deported may not return to the State without the permission of the President.”

How Al Kabban & Associates Can Help

At Al Kabban & Associates, we understand the complexities of UAE immigration and deportation laws. If you are facing deportation or are uncertain about your status on the blacklist or administrative list, our expert legal team is here to assist you. We can help you navigate the legal processes involved in lifting a deportation order, removing your name from a blacklist, assisting with a travel ban, or helping resolve any other immigration-related issues.

For those in need of a travel ban check or assistance in removing a travel ban, our experienced professionals can provide guidance and support throughout the entire process. Your legal matters are in capable hands with Al Kabban & Associates, a leading law firm in Dubai and the UAE.

Contact Al Kabban & Associates today to discuss your deportation or immigration concerns. Our team of legal experts is ready to assist you in finding the best solutions for your situation.

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