Wednesday, 3 Mar 2021
The Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has extended the ban on fresh visas for workers in 87 professions in the private sector for six months.

MoM extends six-month visa ban on 87 professions

The ministry, in a selection (No 246/2018) issued on June 13, stated that it is extending the terms of selection (No 38/2018) issued in January for yet another six months beginning from July 30.

MoM stated that the short-term visa ban was authorized by Council of Ministers in January.

In the selection (No 38/2018), Article 1 states, “The decision temporarily prohibits hiring of expatriate manpower in private sector establishments for six months. Work permits issued before the date of implementation of this decision are exempted.”

Article two states, “This decision will not apply to establishments owned by full-time employers for their administration, registered with Riyada and insured by the Public Authority for Social Insurance.”

The January selection had come on the heels of the Council of Ministers statement which stated that the Council of Ministers was following up on the selection to offer 25,000 jobs for Omanis.

“Accordingly, the Council of Ministers is closely monitoring the progress of employment procedures on a weekly basis in order to have firsthand knowledge of what has been achieved and deal with any challenges that might obstruct implementation.”

H H Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmood al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers, had mentioned that the employment of sons and daughters in all fields of perform is a national duty that need to be sophisticated by all implies, noting that continual focus is becoming accorded to this objective by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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