Oman labour ministry extends expat visa ban on four construction jobs

Ministry of Manpower has reportedly extended a temporary ban on expat visas in four construction-related professions

Oman has extended a temporary ban on expat construction visas.
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Oman has extended a temporary ban on expat construction visas.

Oman’s top labour authority, the Ministry of Manpower, has reportedly extended a temporary ban on hiring expats for four construction-related jobs in the private sector as part of its Omanisation drive to recruit more nationals across the economy.

Visa bans have been extended for expatriate carpenters, metallurgy workers, blacksmiths, and brick kiln workers, for six months from 3 July.

A statement by the ministry reportedly 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.”

According to Construction Week’s sister title Arabian Business, the extension pertains to a ban from January 2018, which saw expats banned from 87 professions across 10 sectors, including information systems, engineering, aviation, and some other technical fields.

The ban was extended by six months each in July 2018 and February 2019, but 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, according to the report.

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