Indian flies home after 13 years of overstaying in UAE

Dubai, Sep 15 (IANS): After living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 13 years without any valid documents, an Indian man finally flew home after getting a waiver of nearly half a million dirhams in overstay fines, it was reported.

Pothugonda Medi's repatriation became possible after he sought help from the Indian Consulate in Dubai to avail the ongoing initiative of the UAE government to exempt visa violators from overstay fines, Gulf News said in a report on Monday.

Originally from Hyderabad, Pothugonda told the mission that he had come to the UAE on a visit visa in 2007, but the agent who brought him abandoned him.

He also reported that the agent had not returned his passport, Jithendra Negi, an official at the Indian Consulate, told Gulf News.

However, the Consulate found it difficult to assist Pothugonda immediately because he did not have any official document to prove that he is an Indian citizen.

The mission then sought the help of a social group in Hyderabad to trace Pothugonda's family.

"With the support of a social worker, we managed to get the copies of his old ration card and election ID card from his native place. Some of the details that he gave were not matching, but still we could establish that he is an Indian," Negi told Gulf News.

Apart from the free emergency document, a one-way travel document for Indians without a valid passport, the Consulate also provided the man a free flight ticket.

Indian missions have waived the fees for expats seeking to leave the country during the temporary amnesty period announced by the UAE government which has been extended till November 17.


Comment on this article

  • Sanath Kumar T, Varanasi

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Good job Indian consulate in Dubai.
    Our people hesitate to praise the consulate official in this good job, even though it is late.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Wed, Sep 16 2020


    Mr Pothugonda Medi's could be appointed 'Overseas Development Minister' of India....he knows difficulties faced by Indian workers working in Gulf Countries.....than some good for nothing politician...

    Welcome back Mr Pothugonda Medi's....


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  • Richard Thomas, Udupi

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    This Hyderabadi had no document to prove that he was an Indian citizen!

    What other official legal document does the Indian Government issues
    to each and every Indian citizen, besides a passport.

    Every Indian citizen must be issued a legal Citizenship ID Card, rather
    than all the other irrelevant cards such as Ration Card, Voter's Card,
    Pan Card, Tsunami Card, Aadhar Card, and now a Health Card! None
    of these Cards prove one is an Indian citizen especially not abroad!

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  • Manojb, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Great Dubai Authorities God Bless UAE ruller's . Even this pandemic they helping lot of people

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Finally, the man is able to come back to his place, thank God.

    I know a lady, who went on a visiting visa to Canada, some 20 years ago, is still living there comfortably. Unlike Gulf countries, no one asks the ID card or any card in Canada. I heard they cannot get job where documents are needed, However, they can do baby sitting job, give tuition or make cakes and sell. They cannot get driving licence, free medical treatment and social security pension at 65. I heard, if found, Canada does not put them to jail, but only sends them back to the country of the person.

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  • Prabhu, Mangalore/canada

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Canada is not an utopia but a very civilized country where citizens are well taken care off by a good government. And with high institutions of education, hospitals, courts, justice, good governance and above all peace etc. Etc.

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  • Sunny, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    Does that mean that even if i can come to Canada on visit, some baby sitting...teach Hindi/ Music/ etc and leave to Inda when I want will they send me back without any repercussion ??,,.... this great nation?...i doubt that though.... Utopian /African or seems silly ....lets be straight before we talk abt the greatness of a nation...including mine..

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  • Prabhu, Canada

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    Sunny: I don’t know all the in’s and out’s stated in visitor’s visa. It is primarily meant to visit relatives, see the country , travel related to business etc. There are diff. Types of visas. There is one even related to briefly work etc. To broaden one so training etc.
    But breaking the rules is not permitted. You can baby sit your relatives’ children but not take it up as a job!

    Is it unfair?

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 16 2020

    @ santan : but UAE security is great & safest country in the world , Canada may have lot of freedom & everything but safety is an issue all these US canada latin American countries have high crime rate. People in UAE fear law.

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  • Prabhu, Canada

    Fri, Sep 18 2020

    S. Chandra: Would you like to substantiate your claims by producing some actual numbers from reputable sources.?

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  • Manju, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 15 2020

    Great news. Great work by the concerned authorities and the Indian govt. Thank you and please keep helping the common man who really needs your help.

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