Viewing cable 05MUSCAT1606
Title: INDIAN OVERSTAYERS OFFERED EASY OUT

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05MUSCAT16062005-10-26 10:22:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Muscat
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UNCLAS MUSCAT 001606 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR NEA/ARPI AND G/TIP 
STATE PASS TO USTR (AROSENBERG) 
LABOR FOR JSHEA 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ELAB PHUM SMIG SOCI PREL MU
SUBJECT: INDIAN OVERSTAYERS OFFERED EASY OUT 
 
REF: MUSCAT 1327 
 
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Summary 
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¶1.  The Indian Embassy has announced that it has struck a 
deal with the Omani Ministry of Manpower to facilitate the 
exit of all Indian nationals currently in Oman on expired 
employment visas.  The move comes as a welcome reprieve to 
thousands of unemployed Indians incapable of paying overstay 
fines.  End summary. 
 
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Unemployed Indians To Exit En Masse 
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¶2.  On October 17, the Indian embassy announced in the local 
press that the Ministry of Manpower has agreed to allow the 
exit of thousands of Indians on expired residence/labor 
visas.  Since then, the Indian embassy has been swamped with 
nationals registering to exit, and estimates that at least 
10,000 Indians will leave Oman under the program.  Indians 
wishing to depart are required to register with the Indian 
Embassy by providing copies of passports and airline tickets 
home.  The Indian Embassy has also asked airlines to offer 
reduced fares for the returnees. 
 
¶3.  According to an Indian embassy source, a large number of 
Indians were rendered jobless after they were barred from 
running small grocery stores or being employed as drivers 
under the government's drive to "Omanize" certain labor 
sectors.  Many Indian nationals are beginning to realize that 
Omanis are rapidly assuming jobs they once held, and see this 
new offer as a welcome opportunity to return home. 
 
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Comment: A Welcome Step 
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¶4.  As reported in reftel, Omani fines for overstayers, 
designed to encourage observance of immigration laws, has the 
unintended effect of making it prohibitively expensive for 
them to depart.  By periodically offering fine waivers, the 
Omani government is able to reduce the out-of-status 
population, removing an illegal labor pool at greater risk of 
exploitation by unfair labor practices -- a plus for all 
parties involved. 
BALTIMORE