What happens if you overstay in UAE?
As we all know UAE welcomes millions of expatriate residents and visitors. However, it is also important to follow the rules of the country and should always be avoided to overstay if possible.
In case if you overstay, you will be subjected to pay fines.
If anyone purposely exceeds the grace period, by a further 30 days or more in case of residence visa you may have the chance to face extra penalties with your name added to an immigration blacklist which could prevent you from re-entering the UAE at a later date. The fines also apply to a employee’s spouse, children and anyone else who overstays in UAE.
Hence I recommend to avoid overstaying to avoid any serious consequences later on.
Fines if you have overstay in UAE
Tourist Visa and Visit Visa overstay fines:
If you are on a tourist or a visit visa and you are overstayed, you will be fined a certain fee to be paid at the immigration offices or at the airport when exiting.
Tourists and visit visa holders have a grace period of 10 days. Until the 10th day you can leave the country without paying any fines. If a tourist or a visitor overstays beyond the grace period, you will start to incur fines, that gradually increase as the overstay increases:
- AED 200 for the first day of overstay
- AED100 each consecutive day
- AED 100, as service fees.
Overstay fines for UAE Residence Visa:
In the case if you are on a UAE residence visa or on employment visa and your visa is cancelled or expired you have 30 days’ grace period after visa expiry or cancellation to either amend their status and get another residence visa or leave the country. During the grace period of 30 days you will not incur any fines.
If you overstay after the grace period, you will be fined with
- AED 125 for the first day
- AED 25 for each subsequent day.
- AED 50 per day after six months of overstaying
- AED 100 per day after one year of overstaying
Hence , if you are on visit visa either you apply for an extension or exit the country during the given time. You can renew the the visa inside the country without existing by paying approximate AED 600 as change status fees each time of renewal. All type of visit and tourist visas can be extended for 30 days twice upon renewal without the need to leave the country. .
Modifying visa status into residency visa applies after meeting required terms and conditions and payment of AED 550 fee in lieu of leave. However, the applicant must do this before the expiry of his current visa to avoid any penalties.