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OMAN – Ban on Hiring Foreign Nationals in 87 Professions Extended [UPDATED]

Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has extended its ban suspending the recruitment of foreign nationals in 87 professions, across ten sectors, for another six months from 30 July 2018.

Who is Affected?

The affected sectors are as follows:

  • Information technology;
  • Accounting and finance;
  • Sales and marketing;
  • Administration and human resources;
  • Insurance;
  • Information and Media;
  • Medicine;
  • Air transport;
  • Engineering;
  • Technical professions.


  • Work permits issued before 29 January 2018 will remain valid until their date of expiry.
  • Employers registered with the Public Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development or the Public Authority for Social Insurance are exempt from the ban.

Action Items

  • Employers in the affected sectors should contact their immigration specialist to confirm how this extended hiring ban may affect them.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by Helpxpat Relocations and Curtis.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.