Illegal expatriates who work in Oman offered amnesty

Published:  8 Apr at 9 AM
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According to embassy officials, the Oman government is offering amnesty to expatriates working and living in there illegally, starting this week.

Head of Chancery at the Pakistani Embassy, Naheed Naveed, said that they have already started working on the process of drawing up detailed standard operating procedures in order for a smooth repatriation for Pakistanis who have approached the mission.

According to a senior official from the Indonesian Embassy based in Muscat, workers from Indonesia who have either overstayed their visas or who are stuck in Oman will be granted amnesty so that they can regulate the labor market of the Sultanate. He added that June 2015 will be the cut off date for the amnesty and that they are still in the process of gathering information regarding how many people are working in Oman without the correct documentation.

The Bangladesh embassy has also confirmed this decision by saying that expatriate workers could fly to their home country without the threat of any legal action taken against them.

A two year amnesty which finished in 2011, after being started in 2009, helped more than 50,000 workers who had overstayed, return back to their home countries without facing any legal proceedings.
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