Monday, August 17, 2015

Oman extends amnesty program for undocumented workers to Oct. 31

Oman moved the last day of its amnesty program from October 28 to October 31, giving undocumented workers three more days to regularize their stay.

The postponement came after an earlier extension given by the sultanate last July when it moved the deadline from June 30 to October 28.

More than 60,000 overstaying workers were able to go home without facing legal action during an amnesty that lasted from 2009 to 2011.

Philippine Labor Attaché Nasser Mustafa earlier explained that the amnesty, which began last April, was part of Oman's regulation of foreign workers within its borders.

OFWs were encouraged to avail of the amnesty by contacting the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Muscat through (+968) 9355-7931 or by reading a guide on the Philippine Embassy in Muscat's website and Facebook page.

According to the Commission on Overseas Filipinos' (CFO) stock estimate in 2013, there were 53,360 temporary and 2,090 irregular Filipino workers in Oman. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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