Oman imposes temporary ban on work visas for expats

Pedro Gonçalves
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Oman imposes temporary ban on work visas for expats

Oman has ruled out issuing visas to expat construction workers and cleaners for the next six months.

Oman's Ministry of Manpower said: "The authorisation for the recruitment of non-Omani manpower in private sector establishments engaged in construction and cleaning works shall be suspended for six months. The permit will continue with an outgoing allowance."

According to National Centre of Statistics and Information, of a total of 1,700,000 foreign workers are employed in the Sultanate and of them 508,690 are working in the construction sector as in 2019. In 2017, there were 619,744 expatriates working in construction sector.

The authorisation for the recruitment of non-Omani manpower in private sector establishments engaged in construction and cleaning works shall be suspended for six months"

"The decision does not apply to establishments employing 100 workers or more workers, establishments operating in the implementation of government projects, enterprises owned by full-time employers registered with the Public Authority for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises and establishments registered in the world category and based in free zones," the statement added.

As the sultanate goes through a process of Omanisation, there has been a 17% decline in the total number of expats working in construction sector in the last two years.

Oman's Ministry of Manpower extended a temporary visa ban on hiring expats for six months, beginning August 5 this year, to include four more professions. It applies to jobs in the sectors of IT, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, management and human resources, insurance, media, medical, airports and engineering.

 

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