Oman set to raise job visa fees for expats by 50%

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Oman set to raise job visa fees for expats by 50%

Muscat - The new structure will come into effect soon.

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Published: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 8:34 AM

Last updated: Tue 8 Nov 2016, 10:53 AM

The fees for job visa in Oman is set to increase, the Ministry of Manpower has announced.
The Sultanate of Oman will increase the job visa fees by 50 per cent. The new structure will come into effect soon, according to an official, adding that it will become law when it is published in the official gazette.
The change in fee structure was announced by the Ministry of Manpower on its official twitter account. "Currently for workers in private sector, to obtain a job visa and renewing the same, the sponsor should pay OMR201. Now, it has been increased to OMR301," the Times of Oman  reported.
According to the government's latest data, there are 1,824,282 expatriate workers in Oman.
The job visa fees for domestic workers, camel herders and farm workers have also changed.
"For domestic workers, it is different. To recruit up to three workers, for each worker it is OMR141, and to recruit the fourth domestic worker, the sponsor should pay OMR241. Moreover, if the employer is going to keep all four domestic workers and renew all four visas for two more years, then the employer should pay OMR241 for each worker," the official added.
According to the official, job visas for three expatriate farmers and camel herders under the same employer will be OMR201 for each. However, for the fourth recruit, it will be OMR301, the official said, adding that if the employer is going to keep all four domestic workers and renew all four visas for two more years, then the employer should pay OMR301 for each worker.
"To update information on the nature of the worker status an OMR5 will be charged as fee and the same as well as for switching sponsors," the official said, adding that the decisions will come out soon in the gazette.
Talking to Times of Oman, a construction company official  along with other executives across various industries said that the new visa fee will be troubling for them.
Oman attracts many expatriates due to it's stable economy and secure environment, butthi announcement has worried workers as they fear that companies may start deducting the increased amount from their salaries.
Earlier, the Oman government had announced several new taxes and spending cuts following the dip in global oil prices in it's 2016 budget.



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