Recent news

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

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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Oman: Hiring ban on expatriate workers extended again

Earlier this year, we reported the Omani government imposed the initial six month ban on expat workers getting visas for jobs in 87 industries, including media, engineering, marketing and sales, accounting and finance, IT, insurance, technicians, administration and HR …

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Oman: New labour law rules issued to protect expat workers

The Manpower Minister has issued a decision relating to absconding employees in the private sector …

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Oman: Commercial agents must be registered by 3 August

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has announced that commercial agents must be registered by the 3rd of August 2018 …

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Oman: New 10-day visa announced

Under new streamline visa regulations unveiled by the Royal Oman Police (ROP), visitors may now pay OMR5 (US$13) to enter the Sultanate for 10 days, in addition to the current 1-month and 1-year tourist visas …

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Oman: Reports to the Human Rights Commission officially declined by 50% last year

Reports to the Human Rights Commission officially declined by 50% last year – from 40 in 2016 to just 19 …

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