Oman suspends issuance of visas for certain jobs

The Sultanate of Oman has suspended for six months the issuance of visas to foreign workers in 10 employment sectors covering 87 skills and professions.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), in an advisory said Oman’s Ministry of Manpower (MoM) has issued Ministerial Decision 38/2018 last January 24 suspending the authorization to hire foreign workers as part of its nationalization policy in the private sector to provide 25,000 jobs to Omani citizens.

Until July 24, 2018, the Ministry of Manpower will not process work visas for the listed positions as the government assesses the impact of the policy on its citizens and possible benefits to the economy within suspension period.

Visas issued before 24 January 2018, however, will remain valid until its expiration.

Establishments registered with the Oman Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development (RIYADA) and those insured with the Public Authority for Social Insurance (OASI) are exempted from the temporary ban.

In the Information and Technology sector, the jobs affected by visa suspension are Information Security Specialist, Geographic Information System Specialist, Electronic Computer Networks, Programmed Machines Maintenance – Electronic, Electronic Calculator Maintenance, Graphic Designer, Electronic Surveillance – Equipment Assembly, Electronics Technician – Telecom, Electronics Technician – Control Instrument, Electronic Technician – Medical Equipment, Electronics Technician Broadcast, Electronic Technician – Programmed Machines, Electronic Technician – Computer Networks, Computer Programmer, Computer Engineer, and Computer Operator.

For the Accounting and Finance sector, the following are affected by visa suspension: Bank Notes and Money Changer, Bank Notes Technician, Account Auditing Technician, General Accounting Technician, Cost Account Technician, Costs Accountant, and Insurance Collector.

For Marketing and Sales sector: Sales Specialist, Storekeeper, Commercial Agent, Commercial Manager, and Procurement Logistics Specialist.

For Administration and Human Resources sector: Business Administration Specialist, Public Relation Specialist, Human Resources Specialist, Administrative Director

For Insurance industry: Insurance Agent General, Real Estate Insurance Agent, Cargo Insurance Agent, Life Insurance Agent, Vehicle Insurance Agent, Factory Insurance Agent

For Information and Media Professions: Media Specialist, Page Maker, Paper Pulp Machine Operator, Bookbinding Machine Operator, Decorative Books Operator, Calendar Operator, Paper Dyeing Machine Operators, Bill Printing Machine Operator, Cylinder Press Operator, Rotating Press Operator, Offset Printing Machine Operator, Color Press Operator, Paleographic Press Operator, Paper Folder Machine Operator, Paper Coating Machine Operator, and Advertising Agent

For Medical Professions: Male Nurse, Pharmacist Assistant, and Medical Coordinator

For Airport Professions: Aviation Guiding Officer, Ground Steward, Ticket Controller, Airplane Takeoff Supervisor, Air Traffic Controller, Aircraft Landing Supervisor, Passenger Transport Supervisor, and Land Guide

For Engineering Professions: Architect, General Survey Engineer, Civil Engineer, Electronic Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Projects Engineers, Technical Professions, Building Technician/Building Controller, Electronic Technician, Road Technician/Road Controller, Mechanical Technician, Soil Mechanics Laboratory Technician, Steam Turbine Technician, Construction materials lab technician, Gas Network Extension Technician, Construction Technician, Transformer Technician, Station Technician, Electrical Technician, Heat Operations Technician, Maintenance Technician, and Chemical Technician.

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