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MoM cracks down on citizens involved in ‘free visa’ cases

MoM cracks down on citizens involved in ‘free visa’ cases

In May alone, the ministry had referred eight citizens to the Public Prosecution, which includes the lady, who had registered above 600 businesses with five,349 expatriate workers. The workers had been left totally free to function anyplace they could discover jobs on the situation of month-to-month payment to employers. Also, they did not appoint any Omani in their firms.

In the initial case, the ministry referred an Omani lady to the Public Prosecution for violating the labour law. The lady had permitted the workers to function for other people illegally. The lady had registered 37 businesses with 231 expatriate workers.

In the second case, the ministry referred two citizens to the Public Prosecution for violating the law. They permitted their workers to function for other people illegally. The two had registered 88 businesses with 1,302 expatriate workers.

In the third case , the ministry stated that a citizen was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and fined RO139,000 for violating the labour law.

MoM announced that the judgment was offered by the Court of First Instance in Salalah. The citizen was identified guilty of letting his workers function for other people illegally.

The ministry stated that it also referred 4 citizens to the Public Prosecution in Dhofar. “Each of them, including the one sentenced, owned more than 100 commercial registers with a total of 3,816 expatriate workers. Of these 1,560 workers were found carrying expired resident cards.”

An official supply in the ministry mentioned, “The modus operandi adopted by them integrated initial registering a quantity of industrial establishments. They obtained licences to bring expatriate workers following which they revoked the municipal licences.

“The inspection teams confirmed that all the accused had allowed their employees to work for others illegally and they did not appoint any Omani.”

The ministry has stopped dealing with these facilities and referred them to the Public Prosecution for legal action.

The citizens violated Article 18 of the Omani Labour Law, according to which the employer is prohibited from permitting any non-Omani worker to function for other people. All accused have been referred to the judicial authorities for legal action.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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