Expat fined Dh500,000 for employing 10 illegals

The Illegals Follow-up Section at the Foreigners and Residency Affairs Directorate in Umm Al Quwain has arrested a Gulf national for allegedly employing 10 illegal Asians.

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Published: Sat 20 Apr 2013, 9:04 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 3:47 AM

According to a senior officer, the man was fined Dh500,000, and the illegal residents were referred to the Public Prosecution for legal action.

Major Humaid Fayiz Al Shamsi, Head of the Illegals Follow-up Section, said as per law, an employer was liable for a fine of Dh50,000 for recruiting every single illegal resident.

“We have been alerted that the Gulf employer was hiding, recruiting and providing shelter to 10 illegal workers, all Asians, in his factory in the Bugha area.” The directorate team laid as trap and the suspects were apprehended red-handed while working at the factory in violation of the law.

“Some of the suspects proved to be absconders while others do not have any identification documents, except one who is an infiltrator.”

The UAE Ministry of Interior had announced on February 2 that inspection raids would be conducted to catch illegals after the amnesty period. A fine of Dh50,000 will be imposed on any employer who provides work to an illegal resident.

Major-General Nasser Al Awadi Al Menhali, Assistant Undersecretary for Naturalisation, Residency and Ports Affairs at the ministry, warned at that time that those overstaying beyond the amnesty period would be tracked down and punished. A daily fine of Dh25 is slapped against violators, and they need to pay the accumulated fines to be able to legalise their stay.


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