Oman visit visa can converted to work permit: ROP

Muscat: Oman amends work visa rules for expats

Expats and visitors entering to Oman on visit visas can get them converted into work permits, the Royal Oman Police has announced.

The rule also applies to those with family joining visas and student visas, among others, provided certain conditions are met accordingly.

According to the decision announced, competent authorities can covert the following visas stipulated in the Foreigners’ Residence Law, into a work visa or temporary work visa ” A visit visa issued to residents of GCC countries, a visit visa issued to meet relatives and friends in the country, single-entry tourist visas (valid for up-to 10 days or a month), single and multiple entry business visas, express visas, investor visas, student visas, visas provided to sailors serving on-board, or passengers aboard cruise ships, visas for owners of residential units and their family members,”

His Excellency Lieutenant General Hassan bin Mohsen Al-Shraiqi, Inspector General of Police and Customs issued Decision No. 142/2021 amending some provisions of the executive regulations of the Foreigners’ Residence Law, as it was published in the Official Gazette today, and it states:

Based on the Foreigners’ Residence Law promulgated by Royal Decree No. 16/95, and the executive regulations for the Residence Law issued by Resolution No. 63/96, and based on the requirements of the public interest, it was decided:

Article 1: The text of the penultimate paragraph of Article 10 of the executive regulations of the aforementioned Residence Law shall be replaced by the following text:

“The competent authority may convert the visas stipulated in clauses (3 / A, 3 / B, 3 / D, 3 / E, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16) of this article into a work visa. Or temporary work if its conditions are met, in accordance with the controls set by the competent authority, and after paying the prescribed fee for that.

Article 2 cancels all that contradicts this decision or contravenes its provisions.

Article 3: This decision shall be published in the Official Gazette and shall be enforced from the day following the date of its publication.

Issued on: Shawwal 12, 1442 AH, corresponding to: May 24, 2021 CE

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