Deportation is a legal process that involves the removal of individuals from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who have violated immigration laws or engaged in criminal activities. The UAE has strict immigration regulations and policies in place to safeguard national security, maintain social order, and protect the rights and well-being of its residents.
Deportation in the UAE is primarily governed by Federal Law No. 6 of 1973 concerning immigration and residence. This law sets out the grounds for deportation, including violations of immigration rules, overstaying visas, engaging in unauthorized employment, involvement in criminal activities, and posing a threat to public safety or national security.
When individuals are found to have violated these regulations, the UAE authorities may initiate deportation proceedings. The process typically involves administrative procedures, including investigation, detention, and legal proceedings. The individuals facing deportation have the right to present their case, seek legal representation, and appeal the decision within the framework of UAE law.
Deportation is carried out by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) or other relevant authorities responsible for immigration and security. These authorities work in coordination with diplomatic missions and consulates to facilitate the safe and orderly return of individuals to their home countries. The UAE government is committed to upholding human rights and ensuring the dignified treatment of individuals during the deportation process. Efforts are made to provide necessary support, such as access to legal advice, consular services, and appropriate living conditions while awaiting deportation.
According to Article 121 of Law No. 3 of 1987 on penal code, amended by virtue of Federal Law No. 34 of 2005, amended by virtue of Federal Decree-Law No. 7 of 2016 provides that a foreigner, who is sentenced for a felony by a custodial punishment or for crimes involving sexual assault, shall be deported from the State. In other misdemeanours, the court may order that he must be expelled from the country or that the expulsion be as an alternative penalty to the custodial punishment. Furthermore, Article 325 of the Penal states that any person who misuses the standards of religious statement of faith and customs can also be charged for deportation.