- Country Name: Sultanate of Oman
- Capital: Muscat
- Population: 4,441,448 (2016 estimate)
- Language: Arabic
- Time Zone: GST (UTC+4)
- Dialing Code: +968
- Currency: Rial (OMR)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Oman. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Although expat jobs in Oman are not as widely available as they once were, there are some opportunities; the most common jobs for expats to be employed in are within the oil and gas, teaching, medical, and construction industries.
The main type of work permit used when visiting Oman is an Employment Visa. Employment Visas and labour cards are required for any work activities in Oman.
Processes and requirements will vary according to the labour market at the time of application, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application, and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We, therefore, recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
However, you will be required to submit a labour permit application alongside an employment visa application. Once you have entered Oman, you will need to undergo local immigration medical checks before applying for an identification card.
Documentary requirements will vary according to personal and company circumstances, and as such, we would provide case-specific advice following receipt of a completed questionnaire. You will need to submit various documents which include, but are not limited to:
Your original passport, degree certificate and/or CV, passport photos, job description, as well as, marriage certificate, and birth certificate for family dependants. The sponsoring and sending companies will also need to provide a number of support documents.
Some personal documents will also need to be legalised prior to submission. Some documents will also need to be translated. Newland Chase can assist with this.
Employment Visa – Takes typically 1 to 3 months until entry to Oman, and a further 1 week before the whole process is completed.
The duration for an Employment Visa is 2 years maximum.
You are required to apply for a visa once you arrive in Oman; for more information regarding travelling on business or as a tourist please contact us.
Permanent residency for Oman is not simple; you are required to do so through your employer where residency will be issued for a given period. For more information on permanent residency in Oman please contact us.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks.
As such, you would be advised to start the visa application process well in advance of the desired date of relocation. Check with Newland Chase for all up-to-date information on visa requirements and for assistance with ensuring a successful application.