Oman has extended a temporary ban on hiring expats for four jobs in the private sector.
As part of the country’s Omanisation process, the Ministry of Manpower has announced that the ban on visas for expatriate carpenters, metallurgy workers, blacksmiths and brick kiln workers, will be extended for a further six months from July 3.
A statement issued on Sunday said: “The period of ban on permits to bring temporary expatriate manpower into private sector establishments for the professions specified in Ministerial Decision No. 122/2014, shall continue for a period of six months from 3 July 2019.”
The latest extension comes following the announcement of a visa ban at the end of January 2018 for expatriates in 87 professions across ten sectors, including information systems, engineering, aviation and certain technical professions. It was extended by a further six months in July of that year and again in February this year.
The ban does not apply to companies registered with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development and insured with the Public Authority for Social Insurance (PASI).For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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