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.
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.
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).
The following requirements must be met to secure an employment visa in Oman:
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.
There are several steps to securing an employment visa for Oman, as follows (this process below assumes you are applying from outside Oman):
The Immigration Department of the Royal Oman Police will want to see several documents to support the employment visa application, including:
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.
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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