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I have a friend who is from the United States and has been working on an oil rig in dubai. When it came time to leave he discovered he had overstayed his visa. He says he doesn't have the money to pay the fines and get out of there. What can he do?

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have been taken? Has any paperwork been filed with the U.S. government?

That I don't know. He said he just got out of jail and is staying at the airport hotel. He said he needs money to hire a lawyer.

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you talked to a lawyer about the visa?

No I have not.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I don't want to get him in any further trouble. He asked me for the money but I am not sure if this is a scam or not. I have never met him and it has been an online relationship. If he yes in trouble I feel bad but I just don't know.

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I am sorry to tell you, but this is very likely a scam. I have heard it many times and it is very common.

He would not need a lawyer in a case like this. He could just pay the fines to leave. Fines are usually about $13 a day but normally a person working there would have an employment visa and it is difficult to overstay those.

If you ask him to send you a copy of his passport , I can look at it and confirm if it is not real. Let me know. You can do that even after rating.

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