Ban on expatriate visa extended for 6 months

MUSCAT, May 27 – As part of regulating the job market, the Ministry of Manpower has decided to extend the ban on recruitment of expatriate workers in some professions for six more months.
The decision taken by the Minister of Manpower Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri applies to professions including sales, purchase, technology, construction, cleaning etc.
While clarifying on the decision, an official at the ministry said: “The temporary ban does not include replacement of existing employees.”
According to a statement on the new decision, non-Omani workers cannot be recruited in private sector entities for activities like carpentry, metal, aluminium and brick works.
Article 1 of Decision No 208/2018 states that the ban has been extended as the six-month period that began on January 1, 2018 is coming to an end.
“The extended ban will continue for another six months starting from July 1, 2018,” the statement said.
Similarly, Ministerial Decision No 207/2018 extends the ban on recruiting foreign employees in private sector establishments for the jobs of salesmen and purchase representatives.
“This extension comes towards the end of the six-month ban which began on November 30, 2017,” the statement from the ministry said.
Ban on recruitment in certain professions in construction and cleaning sectors has also been extended by Decision No 206/2018 for another six months starting from June 1, 2018.

SAMUEL KUTTY