Online facility for sponsored visas enabled

Muscat: The Royal Oman Police (ROP) on Wednesday launched online facility for sponsored visas. According to a statement in its website, “The electronic authentication service PKI (public key infrastructure) has been enabled for processing applications for sponsored visas with effect from June 19, 2019”.

The initiative, as part of ROP’s digital transformation efforts, is expected to ease the visa formalities and reduce the time required in its process. According to an official, the Sultanate has nearly 36 different types of visas issued through its various offices across the country.

“Till now online facility was available only for unsponsored tourist visa, sponsored tourist visa, tourist visa for GCC residents. Now some more sponsored visas are included in the online category”, the official said.

The sponsored visa categories include, housemaids, employment, relatives or family joining those already in Oman, employment with endorsee and investor visas. The validity of the visas varied from one month to three months depending on their types, he said.

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