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DUBAI – Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has extended a visa ban for expatriates wishing to work in 87 job categories in the country.
The move comes as the GCC country implements its Omanisation policy.
The visa ban was first announced in January 2018, banning expatriates from taking on jobs in 87 work sectors that have been reserved for Omanis.
The ban was further extended in July 2018. The recent ban was extended in February 2019 and will be enforced until July.
“All permits to hire non-Omani workers will be suspended temporarily in private sector occupations for a period of six months,” according to the latest decree.
Expats will not be allowed to take up jobs in IT, accounting, finance, marketing, sales, administration and Human Resources, insurance, information and media, some medical and airport professions, and engineering and technical professions.
The decision does not apply to business owners who are registered with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprise Development, or to the owners insured by the Public Authority for Social Insurance.
The Ministry of Manpower, however, clarified that expats who were given visas before the decree may continue to work in these job categories until the end of their visa period.
Oman is currently home to 87.72 percent of expatriates working in the private sector, according to the National Centre for Statistics and Information. GAD/Expat Media
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