One Year Ban in UAE

Hi guys! I have a friend who is banned for a year starting last year (May 2014) and she hasn't left UAE. She was banned by her previous company after they had settled their issue in the court. My question is, since a year has passed, do you think the ban is lifted? If not, what are her options to lift the ban? I am aware that she already has accumulated a huge overstay fine for being with no resident visa for a year. She was advised by one of our friends that her only option is to work in a free zone company(Is this true?). She is applying for jobs but still to no avail and she is not able to pay for her fines just yet. Does anyone of you have been to a similar situation?Or might know someone who has been or is still is? A piece of advice?

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