29,000+ Stranded UAE Residents Are Getting Restless Awaiting The ICA Approval To Return Home
Stranded abroad for over three months now away from their families, loved ones, alone and far from home, more than 29,000 UAE residents are sharing their mounting frustration of not receiving approvals from the UAE ministry to return to the country.
It was recently announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation (MoFAIC) and Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship (ICA) that those holding a valid visa could start returning to the UAE from June 1 onwards.
Additionally, it was declared that expatriates who received approval after applying for permission to return (on the Twajudi assistance portal) would be prioritised to fly back first.
However, UAE expats stuck overseas are voicing their frustration over the repeated rejection of their application through the hashtag ‘#BringBackUAEResidents‘ on Twitter
For the time being many borders across the world are still closed in efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Thus, local authorities are working hard to ensure all precautionary measures are in place before facilitating the return of expats stranded abroad.
The UAE has already enhanced various precautionary measures throughout the country’s many airports in preparation to resume normal passenger flights.
UAE residents stuck overseas are desperately attempting to convey to their respective embassies and the local authorities to “scrap the approval requirement” and facilitate a speedy return flight to the UAE
While a handful of residents were brought back to the country under special circumstances, many of those who applied were informed that their application had been rejected.
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Small children have been separated from their parents for several months now, many residents have reportedly lost their jobs due to the fact that they have no way of returning and many are stranded alone with little to no money and are struggling to find accommodations.