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How to Apply For an Employment Visa for Oman

On this page, we will explain how to apply for an employment visa for Oman, the restrictions, the eligibility rules, and how to apply. For expert assistance with your immigration matter, contact Reiss Edwards, immigration lawyers and solicitors in London.

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Tucked away on the southern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen, Oman has a great deal to offer workers from around the world. While it may appear to be a small country, Oman is, in fact, nearly 30% larger than the UK but has a population of only five million. As the oldest independent state in the Arab region, Oman has a rich blend of cultures from east and west and is known for its terraced orchards, fortresses, ancient mosques, rolling sand dunes, and vibrant culture. While it is possible to secure a visa to work in Oman, there are strict restrictions on the professions and sectors in which foreign nationals can be employed. On this page, we will explain how to apply for an employment visa for Oman, the restrictions, the eligibility rules, and how to apply.

The Oman Employment Visa Scheme

Foreign nationals can work in Oman, however, they require both an employment visa and a labour card/permit (a permit is not needed if the foreign worker has been invited by a government department). Under the current Omani employment visa rules, the country’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) restricts applicants working in accounting and finance, administration and human resources, airport professionals, engineering, insurance, Information Technology, marketing and sales, media, medicine, and technical professionals.

In order to gain a work visa in Oman, applicants must have a contract of employment with a local business and be sponsored by them. In addition, there are restrictions on the ratio of local to foreign employees permitted.

Work visas in Oman are requested by the Oman sponsoring business.

Employment visas in Oman are typically issued for up to two years, and holders can leave and return freely during this time (i.e. multi-entry).

Am I Eligible For An Employment Visa For Oman?

The following requirements must be met to secure an employment visa in Oman:

  • The foreign worker must be between 21 and 60 years of age.
  • The sponsor must be a local Omani business
  • The sponsoring business must take responsibility to validate the information provided
  • The occupation and gender on the visa application must match that on the labour permit.

If you are unsure if you are eligible for an employment permit for Oman, speak to a immigration lawyer specialising in Omani immigration policy who will be able to assess this for you.

How Can I Apply For An Employment Visa For Oman?

There are several steps to securing an employment visa for Oman, as follows (this process below assumes you are applying from outside Oman):

  1. Employer applies for a Labour license from the Ministry of Manpower in Oman – this process is completed by the local business in Oman wishing to sponsor the overseas national. If successful, the business will then have permission to recruit foreign workers.
  2. Employer applies for a work visa to the Immigration Department of the Royal Oman Police – An electronic application form is available on the Royal Oman Police website. This must be completed and signed by the employer and submitted to the police with the required documents (see below for details on the documents).
  3. Employee applies for a residence permit after arriving in Oman – this must be organised within 30 days of arrival with the Civil Status Department of the Royal Oman Police.

What Documents Are Required For An Employment Visa For Oman?

The Immigration Department of the Royal Oman Police will want to see several documents to support the employment visa application, including:

  • Two photographs ( 6X4 ) cm.
  • Copy of the foreigner's passport, valid for not less than six months.
  • Copy of the specimen signature sheet of the authorized signatories issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, for the private sector.
  • Original and copy of a medical certificate approved by the Ministry of Health FOR adults coming from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Syria, and Nepal.
  • Copy of a form approved by the Ministry of Manpower indicating the employee's details including their job title and salary, or a bank statement of the monthly salary transfers for not less than six months.
  • Where the foreign employee wants to bring in their spouse, copy of the marriage certificate authenticated by Oman Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Copy of the residential lease agreement or document confirming his place of residence.

Can I Change To A Different Employer Once In Oman?

Where a foreign employee needs to change jobs while in Oman, their contract of employment is terminated early, or the contract expires, they are required to leave Oman for at least two years before they can reapply. This will not be necessary, however, if they are able to secure a No Objection Certificate (NOC). An NOC proves that the sponsoring employer and the government are satisfied for the foreign national to continue working in the country. The Royal Oman Police states, “Where the application is for the transfer of sponsorship, a release letter from the previous sponsor and approved by the Ministry of Manpower is required. Offences including delay fines must be settled”. Remember, if you are unsure, speak to an Immigration Solicitor before you change employers.

How Much Does It Cost For An Oman Employment Visa?

The current fee for an Oman employment visa is 20 Omani Rials. The Royal Oman Police also advise that a fine of 50 Omani Rials will be levied each month where there are delays in renewing an employment visa.

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