The total number of expats in Oman nearly crossed the 2 million threshold last month, according to the country's National Centre for Statistics and Information.
Most expats in Oman were in Muscat with 881,748 expats, while Musandam has the lowest number, with 15,364 expats. The percentage of expats in Oman has decreased from 45.8% in 2016 to 42.8% in 2019 as the government's ‘Omanisation' push gains momentum.
However, expats who have been living in Oman for more than 20 years can get an Omani citizenship if they fulfil certain criterion.
All one needs to do is comply with the procedure and submit the required documents, the Times of Oman said.
Yasin Chowdhury, head of the Corporate Advisory at Al Faqih & Co., said that any single foreigner who has been living in Oman for a period of 20 consecutive years, or for 15 years if married to an Omani citizen, is eligible to apply for Omani citizenship, the report added.
The application fee for single expats who have been living for over 20 years is OMR600, whereas the spouses or previous spouses of Omani citizens will be charged OMR300.
Applications should be made using the forms which can be obtained from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, who has the final say on the application.