Oman’s government has extended the expat visa ban for a further six months in certain professions and industries, national daily Times of Oman reported. The ban covers a number of jobs, most noticeably in industries like sales and marketing and procurement.
The Ministry of Manpower first introduced the visa ban in January 2018 as it worked to reduce the number of unemployed locals in the country as part of the Omanization project.
The ban has been extended a number of times since it was introduced.
Approximately 55,000 expatriates who previously worked in Oman have been dismissed by companies in one year, up to March, 2019, according to data published by the Omani government.