It was 2009, when the global economy fell into a recession, a significant number of UAE expatriates who racked up massive debts running into several 100's and 1000's of Dirhams, absconded to their home countries without repaying to their banks or lenders.
Along them there were hundreds of those who were cancelled by their companies, some of them didn't came back to UAE at time due to family or financial issues and are now facing absconding bans.
70% of those expatriates are Asians and want to return to the Great UAE, to build a future by getting new employment and Business opportunities across UAE.
We have been asked by our Global visitors through mails and private messages:
Q: Can I return to UAE without getting arrested?
Q: Is there any solution to enter UAE again?
Q: How to enter Dubai in case of Ban?
Q: Will I be arrest at Airport?
Q: How to get a job in UAE if I absconded?
Q: I am facing ban due to loans and bank debts, can I re-enter UAE?
Q: I am facing Bad debts case in Dubai, require your Guidance.
Q: How to remove police case in UAE?
Q: How to remove name in Immigration system?
Q: How to clear absconding case in UAE?
Q: Is Visit or Tourist visa is safe for a runaway person?
Q: What to do if I get a Tourist or Visit Visa?
Q: I am a loan absconder, can I enter United Arab Emirates?
Q: Please give us some tips regarding “How to enter UAE again”?
Can I came back to UAE?
Let us start from the Good News, Unhappily if you’re one of those hundreds of debtors (borrowers) who once run away from UAE for failing to settle mounting loans or bank debts, the returning doors are still open for you to come back and start your expatriate life again in UAE again without landing behind bars.
As per our Experience and knowledge, there are still legal ways to get another employment opportunity in the United Arab Emirates, even if you’ve once been a runaway.
Chance of Arrest at Airport?
We will suggest our readers to check out your pending cases first, it’s better to do some research and finish or clear the pending police case before taking any chance. If any expat who has an ongoing police complaint or Immigration case against them, or an arrest warrant is waiting, there is a risk they will be arrested and detained upon arrival in any state of UAE, even if only transferring flights.
So, the risk of arresting at Airport is still high if you haven’t clear your case.
Is Tourist visa or Visit visa is safe to enter UAE again?
Are you thinking that getting UAE visit or Tourist visa is the sign of no case?
No, it doesn’t guarantee that you are free to work in UAE even if you successfully got Visit or Tourist visa.
Let us tell you a secret, the UAE authorities will be happier to grant you a Tourist or Visit visa, so they can voluntarily arrest you once you enters the country.
Please note that Visit or Tourist visa will be denied/rejected if the applicant with a pending police or court case is inside UAE. But if the applicant is outside the country, it will be approved by Immigration.
How to clear name from Police Case?
Absconders who want to enter UAE again need to clear their names from Police, Immigration or court case.
For example if you was involved in bank debts, loan absconding case you will have to contact your respective lender. (Read next paragraph for full details)
If you have been cancelled by company, didn’t return to UAE at time due to family issues or other reasons, you may require to contact your Sponsor, Company or Employee. (Read next paragraph for full details)
How to lift absconding case from outside UAE?
Let suppose you was involved in Bank debts due to which you get banned from UAE, the first step you have to take is to find a representative here in UAE who can deal with your lender. Once you have called your lender through a representative, the lender will ask the borrower to pay the outstanding amount in full or they may agree to an installment plan.
After payment, you are able to collect a clearance letter from your lender (bank, exchange) with the help which you can withdraw your complaint.
Unluckily if you are one of those expats who are in the list of absconders, you can follow the same step (case 1).
You will have to contact your sponsor, employee or company PRO first by yourself, if it is not possible to contact your company while you are outside UAE, contact them through your representative. He/she can be your family member, friend, colleague or a legal lawyer.
Deal with your sponsor, employee or company, let them give you a No Objection letter to remove your name from absconding list with sign and stamp of the owner on company letter head. Please note down that the NOC letter should be in Arabic mentioning the reason of removing or lifting case against you.
Company PRO will submit Trading License, owner Passport along with NOC letter at Ministry of Labour to get approval from Ministry.
Once your representative had approved NOC letter, he/she need to attest and later submit it at Immigration desk or Police station (in case of Police case). After a successful attestation from Immigration desk, you will have to take clearance letter from Immigration or Police department mentioning “Clearance Letter” as a subject with applicant passport and employee details etc.
Submit this letter at Immigration desk on arrival airport before 48 hours of landing.
Do we require a written agreement or confirmation from Company/Lender?
It will be better to await a written confirmation letter states that the case, arrest warrant has been withdrawn. It should be on Company or Bank (if debts case) letter head with original stamp, owner/officer sign. So, if an agreement can be reached, we would recommend our readers to enter into a formal settlement agreement which, among other things, states the creditor to withdraw (remove) its police complaint or case once the debt has been paid.
Important Tips for Absconders who want to Enter UAE:
1: Check if there is any police complaint or arrest warrant against you. You can hire a lawyer or can get case details through your representative in UAE.
2: Don’t travel to DXB, Dubai International airport until you get confirmation from Bank or company. As per our Experience mostly Passengers with flight connections to UAE especially at Dubai face the risk of getting arrested if there’s been a case against them.
3: Final your deal with the companies, lenders (banks) in order to lift any police case or arrest warrant.
4: If it’s difficult to get in touch direct with the creditor (bank) or company (previous sponsor) find a representative in UAE.
5: If the bank is uncooperative or unhelpful, try to connect with the Central Bank assistance (only for loan absconders).
6: If a police complaint has been filed by Bank or your company, your authorized representative in UAE will have to meet with the bank representative or company PRO at the concerned police station.
7: Please make sure that the company (sponsor) or creditor (bank) will issue a settlement agreement or NOC letter printed on company’s letterhead with company stamp and official signature.
Writer Advise: Point 7 should be done before paying any fee, payment because this will attest your creditor (bank) has surrendered the penalties or cleared your name from debts person.
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