'Outpass fees' for Indians needed to exit UAE under amnesty 'may be waived'
Illegal Indian residents applying for a UAE amnesty to exit the country without immigration fines or legal action may have the application fee waived under a new proposal, says a report.
Indian ambassador to the UAE, M. K. Lokesh, said that he has formally requested the Indian government to waive the Dh60 charge for the "Emergency Exit Certificate," informally called "outpass," needed to exit the UAE under the amnesty.
The amnesty lasts from December 4 to February 3 for all nationalities, and each nation's foreign missions charge separately for the outpass, Gulf News reports.
"I've written to my government to consider waving off the fee... Once the Government of India agrees, there could be relief," the report quoted Lokesh, as saying.
"The decision will come hopefully soon. It can take time, there are procedures in place," he added.
According to the report, there is an additional Dh9 service fee charged by outsourced company BLS that handles Indian passport and visa applications.
There are also optional "value added services" like form-filling and on-site photography services, the report said.
"We've asked them (BLS) to reduce this for amnesty seekers by 30 per cent," the report quoted Lokesh, as saying.
Lokesh also said that financial assistance for those who cannot afford to be repatriated was an ongoing effort of the Indian missions even outside the amnesty.