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Oman extends visa ban on hiring expats

In March, The Sultanate launched an employment centre to help replace expats with Omanis in various sectors

Oman extends visa ban on hiring expats
Oman had extended the ban earlier in July to include carpenters, metallurgy workers, blacksmiths and brick kiln workers.

Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has extended the temporary visa ban on hiring expats to include four more professions in the private sector, reported the Times of Oman.

The ban which is part of the Sultanate’s Omanisation process will be extended for six months beginning August 5, 2019, according to the ministry.

It will apply to jobs in the sectors of IT, accounting and finance, sales and marketing, management and human resources, insurance, media, medical, airports and engineering.

“The period of the ban on permits to bring temporary expatriate manpower into private sector establishments for the professions specified in Ministerial Decision No. 73/2019, shall continue for a period of six months from August 5, 2019,” the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Oman had extended the ban earlier in July to include carpenters, metallurgy workers, blacksmiths and brick kiln workers.

In March this year, the Sultanate announced the establishment of a new National Centre for Employment (NCE), a plan to replace expats with Omanis in various sectors.

According to a report in the Times of Oman, the centre – which will come into effect on January 1 2020 – will open branches in various parts of Oman to suggest qualified Omani jobseekers for various positions before the Ministry of Manpower approves requests for labour permits to fill positions.

The move means that if a company files a request for an expat visa, the centre will first determine whether there are any qualified Omanis to fill the roll.