Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Oman as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Oman: ROP Decision removes NOC requirements for expatriate employees starting 2021

It has been confirmed that from next year a “No-Objection- Certificate (NOC) will not be required before an expatriate worker can transfer their services to another sponsor when their existing contract comes to an end …

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Oman: No-objection certificate requirement to be eliminated from sponsorship transfer process

With effect from 1st January 2021, foreign employees will be able to change their jobs from one company to another without obtaining a NOC (No Objection Certificate) from their previous employer …

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Oman: New committee established to examine termination of Omani employees

All decisions relating to the termination of Omani citizens working in the private sector must first seek approval from a Ministry of Manpower and Labour Affairs special committee …

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Oman: Residents can renew visa online, says Royal Oman Police

All residents can now renew their visas online through the Royal Oman Police (ROP) website during this current pandemic situation, without fines for any delay …

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Oman: Government announces further expat visa ban

The Ministry of Manpower has just issued another ban on the employment of certain expatriates …

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Oman: Foreign employees’ labour cards renew deadline

The Ministry of Manpower has recently announced that companies that fail to renew their foreign employees’ labour cards by the end of October will face suspension from the receipt of all ministry services provided to them …

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Oman: Electronic work visas soon in Oman

According to Royal Oman Police (ROP), companies in the private sector may soon obtain work visas electronically …

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Oman: Opening up border for US citizens

Eligible applicants from both Oman and USA may now apply for ten-year multiple-entry visas to enter each other’s country …

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Oman: MOM bans new visas for expats in several tagegories

As a latest move, Oman has frozen expatriate visas for many positions …

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Oman: New Commercial Companies Law comes into effect

A new company law (Decree 18/2019) has just come into force …

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Oman: Expat visa ban to include more professions

Since January 2018, an immigration order has been in place banning work visas for 87 professions and this was further extended for the first time in July …

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Oman: Regulator suspends KPMG from new auditing work over “irregularities”

In September, we reported that the international accounting firm KPMG had been fined £2m for misconduct related to work for the company Ted Baker …

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Oman: Manpower takes a shot at democracy, but will it work?

An experiment in the involvement of Omani residents in decision making is claimed to by the government to be a success …

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Oman: Visa cancellation must for re-entry into Oman

Employers should be aware that it is a must to have an employee’s employment visa cancelled properly as soon as they are about to leave the country …

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Oman: Man jailed for forcing girl to take his phone number

The recent arrest and imprisonment of a man for asking a woman to take his phone number is an illustration of the strict laws that apply to what we in the west would regard as ordinary social behaviour …

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