Immigration to Oman

Residency in Oman

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Immigration to Oman

How is life in the Oman

 

The type of lifestyle an expat depends on where they live: Muscat is the most developed city, with shopping malls, restaurants, bars, sports clubs and entertainment venues.

Culture

Oman is an Islamic country, thus in the Omani culture the Islamic month of Ramadan, and other Islamic festivities are very important events.

Language

Their official language is Arabic, but people also speaks in Baluchi and English is widely spoken there.

 

Climate

The climate of Oman is subtropical dry, hot desert climate with a few winter rains

In spring heat become exhausting due to dry winds from Rub’ al Khali desert, the average temperature in this season is 28-39C.

the summers has very high temperatures. Summer winds are often causing sand storms, and the average temperature is 27-33C.

Through the autumn the temperature goes down . night air temperature is lower tan daytime.The average temperature during autumn is 22-27C.

At winter temperatures and humidity levels are in their best state and great time for diving in neighborhood of Muscat, the average temperature in winter is 24C.

 

 

Cost of living in Oman

 

Housing and utilities costs

 

the cost of monthly rent is about 22.36 OMR

for 1-bedroom apartment in city center. for rent an apartment outside of center cost is 149.38 OMR.

Budget that you need to consider for basic utilities (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling) is around 22.36 OMR  per month.

 

Food costs

The average costs that you should pay monthly for foods and groceries is around 50.00 OMR, it is also depends on your lifestyle and the city in which you live.

Dinning out in Oman in average restaurant costs 2.00 OMR per person.

 

Transportation costs

Public transport prices are 15.00 OMR per month. For one-way ticket you should pay 0.50 OMR. For taxi tariffs is start from 1.00 OMR and around 0.20 OMR for 1km.

 

Type of visas in Oman

  • Visit Visas
  • Scientific Research visa
  • Employment visa
  • Investors’ visas
  • Family Joining visa

Work Permits

 

The procedure for sponsoring a foreign worker to work in an Omani company rests mostly on the employer, who must obtain several documents if they are to remain an employee for an extended duration. The employer must acquire an employment visa for entry into Oman, a resident card to remain in the country and a residence permit. In Oman, all these documents apply to employees who are between the age of 21 and 60 who have received a job offer from an Omani company. The employer becomes the visa sponsor and will usually obtain the necessary visas and permits from the Ministry of  Manpower.

 

  1. Procuring a Labor License

The first step of the sponsorship process is for the employer to obtain a Labor License from the Ministry of Manpower to be able to bring a foreign employee under employment. The employer submits a procurement application form to be submitted to the specialized directorate in the Ministry of Manpower.
Requirements:

The Labor License provides Labor Clearance for the employer to hire expatriates. A successful application must meet several requirements:

 

  • The company is compliant with Omanization rules, where the maximum quota for foreign employees in that sector has not been reached.
  • The total number of requested staff to be foreign nationals is appropriate for the operations of the company.
  • The requested expatriate staff have the appropriate certifications.
  • The Ministry of Manpower will require documentation to provide clearance.
  • Once the Labor Clearance status has been obtained, the employer is legally allowed to hire the specified foreign employees.

 

Employer Documentation Required

 

  • Omanization plan, describing all positions that will be filed by Omani nationals at certain times
  • List of desired expatriate employees, disclosing positions and genders
  • Copies of all passports of foreign employees
  • Attested copies of relevant certificates of qualification for employees
  • Attestation of transcripts from educational institutions
  • Attestation by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the employee’s home country
  • Attestation by the Oman Embassy in the employee’s home country

Time that is take for Labor Clearance may take up to two years. For medium and large-sized employers with a good reputation and track record, they may apply for a green card to reduce the Labor Clearance process to as short as 6 months.

 

  1. Job offer to the employee

 

The employer in Oman sends a letter of invitation to all employees who satisfy the conditions and quotas for the Labor Clearance.

 

  1. Issuance of employment visa

 

The employer must obtain individual employment visas for each expatriate to be sponsored. The employer must submit an employment visa application to the Immigration Department of the Royal Oman Police, and may be conducted through a one-stop shop.

 

Requirements:

Certain requirements must be met by the employee for a valid visa application, which include:

  • The employee must be between 21 and 60 years old
  • The person must be of the same sex as stated in the labor permit
  • The occupation and position must be identical to the one stated in the labor permit
  • Some nationalities require special permits
  • Foreign nationals from certain countries require a medical certificate

A medical certificate may be required by foreigners in certain countries, who must go to an approved clinic in the home country for a physical medical fitness test to confirm they are fit to work in Oman. This includes medical fitness certificates for all dependents who will accompany to employee. The certificate must be attested by the Ministry of Health and submitted to the employer before the visa application.

 

Employer Documentation Required

 

  • A copy of each employee’s passport with at least six months’ validity
  • A copy of the Labor License issued by the Ministry of Manpower for each application form
  • The letter of invitation or job offer from a registered company in the Sultanate
  • An attested medical certificate issued by an approved clinic for employees in certain countries (India, Pakistan, Philippines, Bangladesh, etc.)
  • Two recent passport photographs
  • Any relevant proof of qualifications or education

 

  1. Issuance of residence card

 

Once the employment visa is cleared for the employee, the expatriate must obtain a residence card to legally reside in Oman for the duration of employment. This is done when the foreign employee reaches Oman.

 

The employee, upon arrival, must travel to the Civil Status Department of the Royal Oman Police to obtain the residence card within 30 days of entry. The employee will undergo a blood test at a medical center and guided for fingerprinting. Once the data has been collected, the Directorate General of Civil Status will issue the resident card to the employee, which is valid for two years.

 

Employee Documentation Required

  • Two recent passport photographs
  • Original passport
  • Copy of the passport

 

  1. Obtaining a No Objection Certificate

 

For any circumstance that requires the employee to change jobs, terminate the employment contract prematurely or to have the contract expire, they will be required to leave the country for at least two years unless they obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC), which is a document that states that both the sponsoring employer and the government of Oman have no issues with the employee working in the country.

 

The authorization process is lengthy and the NOC is not issued often. If it is authorized, it may be collected from the port of entry along with the visa.

 

  1. The employee may commence work

 

Once the employment visa and residence card has been received by the employee, they may commence work with the employer in Oman.

Once you get in touch with us, one of our consultants will take all the work off your hands, coordinate with our local partners to get all the required permits organized, provide the processing time, costs, document-checklist and keep you informed through the process.

Types of visas in Oman

  • Visit Visas
  • Scientific Research visa
  • Employment visa
  • Investors’ visas
  • Family Joining visa

F.A.Q.

How long does the company registration in France take?

There isn’t a standard timeframe for the registration process of a company.

Is it hard to open a company in France as a foreigner?

There are no specific requirements related to the nationality or residency of company directors in France.

Can I open a bank account remotely for my company in France?

The bank opening process in France requires the presence of a company representative, so your presence will be required.

Can I benefit from France’s double tax agreements in order to reduce my taxes?

You can benefit from these agreements as long as France has signed such a treaty with your home country; however, France offers many tax deductions and exemptions to foreign investors.

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