Oman – Ministry of Manpower Temporarily Halts Expat Visas For 87 Job Titles

What has changed?
As of January 29, 2018, The Ministry of Manpower of Oman has announced a six (6) month hiring freeze for eighty seven (87) job titles. Expat Visa applications have been temporarily halted. Previously, employers could hire foreign workers on the listed job titles without any restriction.

Who is affected?

  • Employers looking to hire foreigners to work in Oman.

What to expect
In accordance with this measure, employers in (10) ten areas of the private sector cannot hire foreign workers for the next six (6) months. They must recruit locally for vacancies in these sectors. This decision does not apply to establishments owned and managed by employers whose businesses are registered with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprise Development and insured with the Public Authority for Social Insurance (PASI).

The following mentioned job titles below have been affected by the suspension.

Information and Technology
1.Information Security Specialist
2.Geographic Information System Specialist
3.Electronic Computer Networks
4.Programmed Machines Maintenance – Electronic
5.Electronic Calculator Maintenance
6.Graphic Designer
7.Electronic Surveillance – Equipment Assembly
8.Electronics Technician – Telecom
9.Electronics Technician – Control Instrument
10.Electronic Technician – Medical Equipment
11.Electronics Technician Broadcast
12.Electronic Technician – Programmed Machines
13.Electronic Technician – Computer Networks
14.Computer Programmer
15.Computer Engineer
16.Computer operator

Accounting and Finance
1.Bank Notes and Money changer
2.Bank notes technician
3.Account Auditing technician
4.General accounting technician
5.Cost account technician
6.Costs accountant
7.Insurance collector

Marketing and Sales
1.Sales specialist
3.Commercial agent
4.Commercial manager
5.Procurement logistics specialist

Administration and Human Resources
1.Business Administration Specialist
2.Public Relation Specialist
3.Human Resources Specialist
4.Administrative Director

1.Insurance Agent General
2.Real Estate Insurance Agent
3.Cargo Insurance Agent
4.Life Insurance Agent
5.Vehicle Insurance Agent
6.Factory Insurance Agent

Information/Media Professions
1. Media Specialist
2. Page Maker
3. Paper Pulp Machine Operator
4. Bookbinding Machine Operator
5. Decorative Books Operator
6. Calendar Operator
7. Paper Dyeing Machine Operators
8. Bill Printing Machine Operator
9. Cylinder Press Operator
10. Rotating Press Operator
11. Offset Printing Machine Operator
12. Color Press Operator
13. Planographic Press Operator
14. Paper Folder Machine Operator
15. Paper Coating Machine Operator
16. Advertising Agent

Medical Professions
1. Male Nurse
2.Pharmacist Assistant
3. Medical Coordinator

Airport Professions
1. Aviation Guiding Officer
2. Ground Steward
3. Ticket controller
4. Airplane takeoff Supervisor
5. Air traffic controller
6. Aircraft Landing supervisor
7. Passenger Transport supervisor
8. Land Guide

Engineering Professions
1. Architect
2. General Survey Engineer
3. Civil Engineer
4. Electronic Engineer
5. Electronics Engineer
6. Mechanical Engineer
7. Projects Engineers

Technical Professions
1. Building Technician/Building Controller
2. Electronic Technician
3. Road Technician/Road Controller
4. Mechanical Technician
5. Soil Mechanics Laboratory Technician
6. Steam Turbine Technician
7. Construction materials lab technician
8. Gas Network Extension Technician
9. Construction Technician
10. Transformer Technician
11. Station Technician
12. Electrical Technician
13. Heat Operations Technician
14. Maintenance Technician
15. Chemical Technician

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.