Philippine Government to Pay for One-way Ticket Home For Filipino Amnesty Applicants in UAE
Filipinos who are availing of the amnesty offered by the United Arab Emirates government have been advised not to book their tickets prior to securing an outpass from various amnesty centers.
The government of the Philippines will shoulder all expenses related to exit fees and tickets to Manila, plus connecting domestic flights to their respective provinces, said Philippine Consul-General Paul Raymund Cortes.
“I’d like to remind all Filipino nationals who are availing of the amnesty programme and are intending to return home to the Philippines that the Philippine government will be the one shouldering the expenses relative to the exit permits, the removal of absconding cases and the one-way ticket back home,” Cortes told Gulf News.
“Regrettably, if you already have purchased your own tickets, we cannot and we do not have the facility to refund you for that. So I advise all those who want to return to the country, please refrain from purchasing your tickets first,” he added. Refund for paid for tickets is not possible as this will be against guidelines issued by the Commission on Audit.
UAE Immigration officials announced on Wednesday that air tickets should only be booked 10 days after the issuance of the outpass. Meaning, if an amnesty-seeker received the outpass on the first day of amnesty on August 1, he can only leave the country by August 11.
All immigration offices in the Northern Emirates will have representatives from the Philippine Consulate-General. Further, a special team from Manila composed of Ambassador Olivia Palala from the Office of the Migrant Workers Affairs, have arrived in the UAE.
“The Philippine government is giving its all-out support to its nationals during this amnesty period,” Palala assured Filipinos.
In amnesty centres where there are no facilities for consulate officials to assist Filipinos and disburse funds due to space constraints, Cortes advised amnesty-seekers who intend to go home to pay the fees first and then proceed to the consulate to get their reimbursement and give their documents for their ticket booking.
1) What if I don’t have my passport?
Go to the consulate and look for your name on the list of passports returned by the immigration. If your passport is not there, go to the police station to secure a police report that would then allow you to apply for a new passport and rectify your new status as appropriate.
2) What if my passport is expired or about to expire?
Please go to the consulate or embassy to renew your passports at the earliest possible time. A special section dedicated to assist amnesty-seekers has been set up for this. Passports with less than six months validity can be extended but on a case-to-case basis. The extension will only be valid for eight months. Passport renewal is required upon extension. Extended passports can be claimed a day after processing the extension.
Fees still apply. Passport renewal: AED 240; Extension: AED 120
Renewed passports will be available in two to three weeks or three to four weeks after application.
3) What are the requirements for replacement of lost passport?
You will need a birth certificate in security paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or report of birth duly authenticated by the PSA if born abroad; original police report with three photocopies of the English translation; three copies of the data page of the lost passport; duly accomplished affidavit of loss plus 2 photocopies; duly accomplished passport application/renewal form. Fees apply.
If you don’t have your birth certificate, get a Special Power of Attorney (SPA) from the consulate to authorize someone in the Philippines to get you a copy. The consulate is waiving SPA fees for all amnesty-seekers.