Emerging report indicates that the United Arab Emirates, UAE, has ordered Nigerian citizens living in the country, whose visas have expired, to leave before August 17, 2020, or face the wrath of the law.
The Embassy of Nigeria, Abu Dhabi, UAE, has therefore, advised concerned nationals to join the evacuation flights arranged from the country, before the expiration of the grace period.
In a statement titled: ‘Public Notice’, and dated July 21, the Nigerian Embassy in the UAE, urged the affected citizens to immediately submit their papers for emigration processing.
The statement reads: “The Embassy wishes to inform that the government of the United Arab Emirates, has granted waivers on fines/penalties on visas that expired before 1st March, 2020, to leave the country, on or before 17th of August, 2020.
“Consequently, the Embassy is urging fellow Nigerians living in the UAE, to avail themselves of this opportunity to return home, with the impending Air Peace evacuation flight scheduled for 1st August, 2020, and or subsequent Emirates evacuation flights, before the expiration of the grace period.
“Accordingly, affected Nigerian nationals who are willing to return home are kindly requested to submit their names and passport numbers to the Embassy, and or the Consulate, for onward transmission to the UAE authorities, in order to obtain the necessary clearance.”