deportation in the UAE Legal service

The United Arab Emirates is a house for ever-growing businesses, a grand tourist attraction, and also an economical center. Holidays are not the only time we find a lot of expatriates in the country; they also settle in for other regular activities. Anyone planning to have a regular life in Dubai must be aware of what the law says about deportation in the UAE.

In this article, you will have access to information about how deportation in the UAE works. Adding up to this, we will explain what is the difference between a judicial deportation and an administrative deportation. Finally, we will provide all the reasons why you should count on legal assistance, and how we can help your case. Let’s take a look at this: 

  1. What does deportation mean? 
  2. Why could I get deported? 
  3. What are the different types of deportation in the UAE?
  4. How can I remove deportation?
  5. When can I come back to the UAE after deportation? 
  6. What is the difference between Penal Measure and Punishment?
  7. How can I know if I am blacklisted?
  8. Why should I seek legal assistance? 

1. What does deportation mean?

Deportation is a form of expulsion from a place. In this case, we are talking about expulsing a foreign person from The United Arab Emirates. This means that the person’s presence is unlawful or even detrimental to the community.

Each country has its particular law in regards to deportation. Different reasoning behind the expulsion, and therefore different instances making the order to deport a person. In some cases, the deportation could also come along with banning a person from ever coming back to the country. 

People waiting for repatriation are sent to a deportation center, where they are temporally detained. This process is typically very fast, taking no longer than 15 days. Depending on the case, the authority allows some deportees to make calls to pay for the flight tickets. 

 2. Why could I get deported? 

There are different reasons as to why someone could be deported. The United Arab Emirates’ legal system is very strict, and a slight inattention can have very serious consequences. Thereby, knowing the law must be the top priority for any expatriate. 

2.1 Lack of visa 

Any expatriate living in the United Arab Emirates without having a legal visa is in danger of being deported. They will also have to face punishment and a fine, depending on the situation. 

In the case of an expiring visa, anyone who stays longer will also face an additional fine for any overstay. 

2.2 Public safety

In all countries, public safety is the top priority. Therefore, any type of threat will lead to a person’s deportation. Depending on the severity of the case, the department taking action will vary. 

Anyone involved in crimes like theft, sexual assault, drug dealing, and violence is going to be facing deportation by the government. Individuals who incur drug issues can face criminal charges. We can help you with questions regarding drug offenses, to guide you into preventing any crime. 

Companies or businesses carrying money laundering activity will also face different measures regarding their criminal financing.

2.3 Diseases 

Health-related issues can lead to deportation as well. Especially when it involves communicable diseases, like tuberculosis, AIDS, or HIV. 

2.4 Extra banning

A person can face deportation in the UAE if they were already banned from a country belonging to GCC. Dubai will be deporting anyone who has been deported from any country from Gulf Cooperation Council.

Subsequentially, if the International Criminal Cooperation happens to report any person, they will be deported from the country as well. 

 3. What are the different types of deportation in the UAE?

The United Arab Emirates’ legal system provides two methods of deportation form. Firstly, there is a legal method, also known as judicial deportation.

Secondly, there is an administrative method, known as administrative deportation. 

If you want to know more about the serious implications for each type of deportation, the best way to do so is by contacting us. We can provide all the information you need since we have the most experienced lawyers. From 1866 laws up to the most recent laws, we will always keep you updated. 

3.1 Judicial deportation

This is the result of convicting a foreigner of a crime in the United Arab Emirates. Typically, what leads to this deportation are crimes like sexual assault, drug dealing, and violence. In these cases, a court order is the one issued for legal deportation. 

The first step will be convicting the foreigner of a felony by custodial punishment. After that, the law specifically states: Any foreigner who faces a sentence for a felony by custodial punishment for crimes against honor will be facing deportation out of the UAE. 

At last, the people that committed the criminal offense are sent directly to the airport, after spending a specific amount of time in prison. Often, they will be paying fines accompanying imprisonment. Most of them will be spending the processing time in a deportation center in Abu Dhabi.

In the case where there was a ban for criminal cases, there is one way to get special permission to lift the ban. The Ministry of Interior is the only instance that can grant this permission. They will take into consideration certain factors. One of those is the number of times the person committed a crime. 

3.2 Administrative deportation 

Imposing this type of deportation order against foreigners is The Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority’s responsibility. In this case, the foreigners who represent a threat to the United Arab Emirates’ public interest are at risk of getting a deportation order.

This includes public security, public health, and public morals. In addition to this, they will also be deporting those foreigners who cannot support themselves while staying in the UAE. Family members are also going to get an extension to the foreigner’s deportation order. 

Obviously, this applies only in case the family depends and relies on foreign financial support. However, we can assist in the matter of family law, to protect you and your family from any legal issue. 

Unlike the legal deportation order, in this case, the person will have a grace period. During this period, they will be able to settle their claims. In addition to this, there is a possibility to remove the administrative deportation order. The foreigner will have to appeal to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs. These cases can also be challenged from outside the country.

4. How can I remove deportation?

Understandably, anyone who has been deported from the United Arab Emirates, cannot return. However, an exception is possible for those who get special permission from the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship. More specifically, from the Director-General. 

Deportees can submit an application requesting to obtain this special permit to re-enter the country. This request should be for the Naturalization and Residency Administration. In addition to this, is important to include what was the reason for the deportation.  

It is important to count on the right legal assessment, due to the delicacy of the situation. In Connect Legal you can count on the best multilingual legal support for your appeal. We will make sure to build your case as strong as it could get, taking care of every detail. 

Initially, there is a list of requirements to be able to appeal a deportation order. Our lawyers count on the proper preparation to work with your case and prepare the right justification for canceling and lifting the deportation order. Start by registering on our website. 

5. When can I come back to the UAE after deportation? 

It is very common to see deportees seeking to return to the country. In these cases, a lawyer can help those people to get a pardon. However, we must not forget that anyone who commits a major crime is not going to get a pardon. 

Nevertheless, we should remember that the deportation system works in favor of the country. To protect the citizens and the public safety. Even people under the age of 18 can be deported if they present a threat to the community. So, it takes hard work to obtain a pardon.

A lot of lawyers are currently working on lifting some deportation orders before the deportee leaves the country. The reason behind this is that it is not easy to get a pardon to come back. That is why you should seek our professional assistance as soon as possible. 

Taking into consideration the amount of work put into these cases, you must know how to choose the best representative law firms in Dubai. This will make the difference between a successful case and a failure. 

6. What is the difference between Penal Measure and Punishment? 

Although penal measure and punishment are both legal consequences, there is a big difference between the two of them. First of all, one is about the perpetrator’s will and the other one is about protecting the community. 

When we talk about deportation, we can talk about having both playing a part. Following the narrative, a penal measure aims to protect the community, which is the case for hospitalization for mental treatment. Of course, deportationis also a penal measure. 

On the other hand, holding back perpetrators’ will is the main purpose of punishment. Such is the case in imprisonment, fines, and legal deportation. The perpetrator must remain in a deportation center while they wait for their departure from the country. 

Another one of the most important distinctions between the two is that judicial excuses can suspend punishment. On the contrary, the judge cannot stop any penal measure executions. 

7. How can I know if I am blacklisted? 

According to the Executive Regulation Law, there is a comprehensive database of the people who cannot either enter or leave the United Arab Emirates. The Federal Police is in charge of removing or adding any names from this blacklist. 

All people who have criminal records of deportation are on the blacklist. As well as anyone with listed activities on the International Criminal Cooperation Department. People with AIDS, Tuberculosis or other disease considered dangerous by the Ministry of Health also have their names on the list. 

Those who are prohibited from leaving might have active cases with the Public Prosecution. As well as active court cases, but their names remain until their case is considered. And anyone with outstanding government debts is also on the blacklist and cannot leave the country.

Meanwhile, if you have more concerns regarding your actions being against the law without realizing it, our lawyers are here to help. We know civil litigation, general civil law, financial law, and plenty more for you to count on.  

8. Why should I seek legal assistance?

As we can see, a deportation case is quite complex. The best way to avoid having to deal with all this anguish is to know all the laws in depth. However, we understand that this can be a daunting task. Therefore, we recommend you to have a team of lawyers who can guide you. 

We can also provide you with relevant information about visa cancellations. Know how companies can request their employees’ visa cancellations, and work permits.

In addition to this, we can also help you understand more about the new UAE Labour Law 2022.

Would you like to contact us for more information? We will tell you all you want to know about deportation in UAE and everything our legal assistance has to offer.You can email us at contact@connectlegal.ae. We will answer all of your questions.

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Danielle

Danielle
Danielle is Head of Operations at Connect Resources. She also advises & manages the legal work of the company having studied Law at John Moore’s University in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Danielle oversees the processes of the company’s various departments and ensures an overall smooth interconnectedness and operation between each in order for the company to function at its highest potential.

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