Expat realty owners exempted from age limit rules for visa

Muscat, Jan 20 – An expatriate who owns a real estate unit in the Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC) projects will be exempted from the age requirement for obtaining a residence permit. However, he and his family’s residency will be terminated once he ceases to own the property.
This is part of the decisions issued by Lt Gen Hassan bin Mohsin al Shraiqi, Inspector-General of Police and Customs, and published in the official gazette on Sunday. It amends some provisions of the executive regulations of the Foreigners Residency Law.
Changes have also been made vis-à-vis family joining visas for expatriates.
As per the new Article, entry visa is granted to an expatriate who wishes to enter Oman provided the visa-holder enters the country within three months from the date of its issue. The spouse of the expatriate and his children — below 21 years — can come to the country at the request of a local sponsor and under his responsibility.
The foreign spouse of the investor in the Sultanate and his children, however, can come at his request and under his responsibility.
The foreign or non-Omani wife of an Omani can come at his request provided a certificate is issued by the authorities confirming the marriage.
The new Article states that the approval for visa shall be granted to the spouse of the expatriate and his children provided they have not attained 21 years of age.
Visas are also granted to the foreign investor’s spouse and his children and to the non-Omani spouse of a citizen.
As per the new rule, the residence of the children ends at the age of 21.
Age requirement may be waived on humanitarian grounds.