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Oman set to offer amnesty for illegal expats

Amnesty is expected to help expat workers from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India

Oman set to offer amnesty for illegal expats

Expat workers who have overstayed their visa in Oman will soon be offered an amnesty, according to a government spokesperson.

Speaking to the Times of Oman, Talib Al Dhabari, head of media at the Ministry of Manpower, said that overstaying expats or those who have been stuck in Oman will be offered an amnesty in the near future in order to regulate the Sultanate’s labour market.

“An amnesty for overstaying workers will be announced soon. This will help in regulating the labour market in Oman,” Al Dhabari said.

“It will help the undocumented and stranded expatriate workers to fly back to their home country without facing any legal action,” he added.

No date has been set for the amnesty, which is expected to help expat workers from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India.

A previous amnesty offered at the end of 2009, which lasted until the start of 2011, helped over 60,000 overstaying workers to return home without facing any legal action. There have also been similar amnesties in 2005 and 2007.

Omani authorities put in place a new set of measures in April this year to help uncover undocumented migrant workers. Officials carried out raids on expat homes, put tighter controls on work permits and tenancy contracts, and placed more scrutiny of landlords and their tenants as part of the crackdown.