Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has extended the ban on issuing employment visas to expat workers across some professions, as the government actively pursues its policy of Omanisation.
The ban first came into force in November 2013. Prominent among them include visas for construction workers, cleaners, sales and marketing professionals. The ministry issued three decisions on November 13 to extend the visa ban.
The decision on sales and marketing professionals will come into effect from November 30, for cleaning and construction workers from December 2 and the ban on carpenters, metallurgists, blacksmiths and brick kiln workers will come into effect from January 2, 2019.
The first six-month ban on fresh visas for construction workers and cleaners came into effect in November 2013, while for sales and marketing professionals in December 2013. The first ban on carpenters and blacksmiths came into effect on January 1, 2014.
The decisions state that the freeze will apply only to new visas and not renewals. Firms registered as excellent or are of international grade, consultancies and those implementing government projects will not be affected.
Source Credit: Muscat Daily