My wife and newborn have overstayed in Dubai for more than nine months. My wife was three months pregnant when she came to Dubai on a visit visa. She was supposed to go back to our home country for the delivery, but could not do so as the doctor advised her not to travel. Hence she did not exit and her visit visa lapsed. She delivered the baby in Dubai. Now I want to fix her visa status, but cannot afford to pay the penalty for overstaying. Officials at the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs told me that I have no option but to pay the penalty. Is there any way to reduce the penalty or can I be excused from paying the penalty?
If the questioner cannot afford to pay the penalty, he should apply to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs and get the matter referred to a court. He should provide the court with documents and proof stating the reason for his wife’s failiure to exit the country before the expiry of her visit visa. The court may decide to reduce the penalty if there is sufficient reason.
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