Oman plans to cut red tape for expats changing jobs

Sultanate seeks to follow other GCC countries in removing need for no objection certificate

Expat workers may no longer require a no objection certificate (NOC) to change jobs in Oman, according to local reports.

Times of Oman reports that industry leaders have called on the sultanate to abolish the NOC in order to compete with neighbouring countries who have already removed ‘red tape’ to ease labour migration.

An unnamed advisor to the Ministry of Manpower said multi-agency meetings between ministries and the Royal Oman Police (ROP) were ongoing on the issue.

The newspaper quoted Said bin Nasser Al Saadi, the advisor to the Minister for Manpower, saying, “We will remove the NOC option. It will be removed. The plan is being considered seriously.”

Mohammed Nayaz, Partner at Ernst & Young, called for a time-frame to set as countries like Qatar and the UAE had already taken decisions to cut NOCs.

“It would be better to abolish the NOC law earliest as there has been news about other GCC nations passing the decision on this law,” he said.

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