A Look at Deportation Laws


Despite the best efforts of police and other authorities, it is impossible to have a crime-free country, so court-ordered deportation is necessary if the UAE is to cut crime.

Under the law, there are two types of deportation:

1- Judicial deportation.

2- Administrative deportation.

The first is could be issued because of being convicted in a criminal case and issued by a panel of judges in a court of law, noting that according to UAE Criminal Code Article 121, this type of deportation is mandatory against those who have committed crimes of sexual assault.

Administrative deportation is issued by the Ministry of Interior and the bodies related to it, such as the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, the Ministry of Labour and others.

This measure is mainly aimed at maintaining high levels of security and it is issued against individuals who are thought to be a threat to public safety and welfare.

After any deportation, the name of the person concerned will be added to a banned list, so officials are aware of who is not allowed entry.

However, some individuals who have been deported, whether by a court’s order or due to a decision issued by the Ministry of Interior, have returned to the country illegally using forged passports.

The country is trying to curb the numbers of deported people who return illegally (eyes scan check in the airports). 

Dubai Police, for instance, holds several meetings a year with its international partners to find answers to this problem but the matter needs more cooperation from others, such as travel agencies and airlines. Their cooperation would contribute greatly to sterner checks on those applying for a visa or travelling to the country.

Once a deportation order is issued, it is final and infinite, but when someone is deported for an offence that does not pose a threat to the safety and stability of the country, they can appeal.

A person can appoint a lawyer to submit the petition on their behalf.

In Dubai, there is a committee whose sole purpose is to deal with appeal applications submitted by deportees. The committee members study each case and give a decision on whether to cancel the deportation or not.

Most petitions are made in hope more than anything else, but several people who have submitted a petition and had their deportation lifted.


Note: This article does not constitute legal advice and is provided for information only. Readers are encouraged to seek appropriate independent legal advice.

Source: The National News (UAE legal Q&As: A look at deportation laws)


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