Are you an Expat in Oman? Oman announces further visa ban for expats.



There are approximately 1.7 million foreign workers in the Sultanate.


Expats in Oman who are employed as sales or purchasing representatives will not have their visas renewed, according to new rules issued by the country's Ministry of Manpower.


According to the Times of Oman the new law will require such expats to leave the country once their visa expires.


Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Bakri, Minister of Manpower, issued the decree, which added: "Licenses for recruitment of a non-Omani workforce, and work-permit licenses issued for professions specified in Article 1 of this decision shall apply until the date of their expiry."

According to Oman's National Centre of Statistics and Information, there are approximately 1.7 million foreign workers in the Sultanate. This new decree is in line with Omanisation initiatives rolled out by the government.


Oman to not renew work visas for expats in certain professions


Oman’s Ministry confirmed that the visas of expats working as sales representatives or promoters and purchase representatives will not be renewed.


Oman has decided against renewing existing visas of expats working in certain professions, Times of Oman reported.


Oman’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) confirmed that the existing visas of expatriates working as sales representatives or promoters and purchase representatives will not be renewed.


The aforementioned expats will be expected to repatriate upon expiry of their visas.

“The Ministerial decision is clear and understandable, that after completion of the work-permit licenses, the expat who is working as a sales representative / sales promoter and purchase representative should leave Oman and their visas cannot be renewed,” a senior MOM official said.


This week, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Bakri, minister of manpower instructed to halt the issuance of work visas for sales representatives, sales promoters and purchase representatives in private sector companies in Oman.


In Q4 2019, Oman’s ministry had announced a six-month moratorium on visa issuance to private sector establishments operating in the construction and cleaning work sectors.


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