Oman extends amnesty program

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The Sultanate of Oman will extend its amnesty program for foreign undocumented workers until October 28, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.

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According to the department, the amnesty program will allow undocumented foreign workers in Oman to be repatriated to Manila without paying penalties for overstaying and other fines.

The program originally began on May 3 this year, and was scheduled to end on July 31.
But with this recent announcement, the DFA said the Philippine Embassy in Oman “has stepped up its efforts to encourage undocumented overseas Filipino workers [OFWs] in Oman to avail of the amnesty.”

Philippine Ambassador to Oman Narciso Castañeda “welcomed this development and views this as an opportunity for undocumented OFWs to return to the Philippines without facing any legal actions.”

Reports indicated that around 7,382 undocumented workers of various nationalities have been deported under the amnesty program.

Of this figure, 162 OFWs were among those who have been deported, including all of the 29 distressed who were staying at the Filipino Workers Resource Center of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office-Muscat (POLO-Muscat).

Undocumented OFWs in Oman who may wish to avail of the amnesty under the extended period are advised to contact the POLO-Muscat hotline number (+968) 9355-7931.

Notices and a guide on how to avail of the program have been posted on the Philippine Embassy in Muscat website www.muscatpe.dfa.gov.ph and its Facebook page.

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