Bishop urges undocumented Filipinos in UAE to avail amnesty

Bishop urges undocumented Filipinos in UAE to avail amnesty

By CBCPNews

August 3, 2018

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop encouraged undocumented Filipinos in the United Arab Emirates to take advantage of the amnesty program offered by the Gulf state.

Bishop Ruperto Santos, chairman of the church’s Commission on Migration and Itinerant People, said Filipinos must take the chance to correct their immigration status of return to the Philippines.

“We appeal to our OFWs to avail of this amnesty so as to regularize their residency status or enable to seek new employment status,” he said.

The Balanga bishop stressed that availing of the three-month amnesty program would be beneficial for OFWs hoping to return and continue staying in the UAE.

“It is very beneficial and blessing for our undocumented OFWs to correct their immigration status or repatriate without penalty to our country,” Santos said.

The program started on Aug. 1 and will run until October 31 for migrant workers of different nations that have overstayed their visa to leave the country without any legal repercussions.

Illegally staying migrant workers are being fined daily for overstaying their permits and are prevented from leaving until they pay the penalties.

Bishop Santos lauded the host country for offering such a program to migrant workers. “This amnesty program is a very consoling and compassionate move of UAE,” he said.