Criteria for obtaining Omani citizenship

Muscat: Foreigners who apply for obtaining Omani citizenship and a passport have to fulfill a number of criteria for considering their application. An executive order in this regard was issued by Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, through a ministerial decision No 92/2019, on Sunday.

“The cost of the application for Omani citizenship will be RO 600, while the application for the foreign wife, widow, or divorcee of an Omani citizen will be RO 300. Same is applicable for an underage child of an Omani woman,” says the order from the ministry.

According to it, the applicants will need to prove that they have been residing in Oman. “They should also affirm that they do not have any legal cases filed against them in addition to confirming with a medical certificate that they do not have any transmittable disease”, the order says. At the same time, RO 200 will be charged for surrendering the passport and citizenship.

Apart from the fees, foreigners applying for the citizenship should fulfill a number of other criteria including attachment of 12 mandatory documents along with the application. “Any foreigner who receives notification on the citizenship must approach the ministry and complete the procedures to receive the Omani passport, and should undertake to reside in the Sultanate”, says the order.

In the case of underage children, they will automatically receive the same within six months, it adds. The order also states that applicants should learn Arabic. For this, they should attend an Arabic language course and pass a necessary exam in this regard.

Other documents required to be furnished along with the application as per the order include copies of the passport with a valid visa, personal identification card or similar identification, a valid residency card, a copy of the marriage certificate in case the applicant is married, as well as copies of the wife’s passport and that of children, if any.

If the person is married to an Omani woman, he should furnish a copy the marriage certificate, conduct certificate from Oman and another from the country of his origin, a valid medical certificate proving that he is fit and free from communicable diseases.

Also mandatory are an income certificate from the employer, a certificate from the embassy of his country proving that he is allowed to forfeit his original passport and a written declaration including the names of all his underage children and their documents.

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