UAE deportation laws you must know

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There are two types of deportation under the UAE law, legal and administrative.

UAE authorities order immediate and automatic deportation from the country if crimes like drug dealing, sexual assault, and violence are involved.

An expat who is found guilty of felony and punished by custodial punishment might as well be charged by legal deportation. Moreover, deportation is mandatory in crimes like sexual assault, according to UAE Criminal Code Article 121. The court may decide if the convict will be expelled from the country or undergo an alternative penalty, the custodial punishment.

Furthermore, an administrative deportation may be filed if public interest, public security, and public morals are at stake and compromised. This is issued by the Federal Identity and Citizenship Authority. On the other hand, administrative deportation can be repelled under an application to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs in the related emirate.

If an expat has been ordered deportation and has interests in staying shall be granted a grace period after providing a bail. However, the bail shall not exceed 3 months.

A foreigner who has been deported administratively may not return to the country unless if a special permission is granted by the Ministry of Interior, according to Article 28 of Law No.6 of 1973.