Omaninisation – Oman bans work visas

 Omaninisation – Oman bans work visas

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A surge of expatriate workers in 87 occupations forced the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) to stop issuing visas for six months, a senior official from the Ministry of Manpower has said.

Speaking to Al-Sahawat Times, Salim Al Hadrami, Director General of Planning and Development at MoM, said:

“The provisional decision banning licences for recruiting non-Omani manpower for 87 occupations, is meant to regulate the labour market and avail more job opportunities for citizens.”

The move is aimed at reducing u employment in the country and raising the GDP per capita.

Salim Al Hadrami added that these jobs will now go to Omanis, with the decision to implement the ban to be revisited every six months on a continuous rolling basis.

Industries where there is a large pool of qualified, yet unemployed Omanis will have work visas frozen.

“The decision was taken to study the labour market status in this respect, and to assess and review the decision every six months.”

A six-month ban on expat workers in certain sectors was imposed by the MoM from 25 January 2018. The decision came into effect following a ministerial decree issued by Abdullah bin Nasser Al Bakri on 24 January 2018.

Sectors affected by the ban include IT, Media, Air Traffic, Engineering, Accounting and Finance, Technicians, Insurance, Marketing and Sales, Administration and HR.

Full list of restricted job titles

Here’s the full list of professions that have been impacted by the decision:

Information and Technology

1.Information Security Specialist

2.Geographic Information System Specialist

3.Electronic Computer Networks

4.Programmed Machines Maintenance – Electronic

5.Electronic Calculator Maintenance

6.Graphic Designer

7.Electronic Surveillance – Equipment Assembly

8.Electronics Technician – Telecom

9.Electronics Technician – Control Instrument

10.Electronic Technician – Medical Equipment

11.Electronics Technician Broadcast

12.Electronic Technician – Programmed Machines

13.Electronic Technician – Computer Networks

14.Computer Programmer

15.Computer Engineer

16.Computer operator

Accounting and Finance

1.Bank Notes and Money changer

2.Bank notes technician

3.Account Auditing technician

4.General accounting technician

5.Cost account technician

6.Costs accountant

7.Insurance collector

Marketing and Sales

1.Sales specialist


3.Commercial agent

4.Commercial manager

5.Procurement logistics specialist

Administration and Human Resources

1.Business Administration Specialist

2.Public Relation Specialist

3.Human Resources Specialist

4.Administrative Director


1.Insurance Agent General

2.Real Estate Insurance Agent

3.Cargo Insurance Agent

4.Life Insurance Agent

5.Vehicle Insurance Agent

6.Factory Insurance Agent

Information/Media Professions

1. Media Specialist

2. Page Maker

3. Paper Pulp Machine Operator

4. Bookbinding Machine Operator

5. Decorative Books Operator of

6. Calendar Operator

7. Paper Dyeing Machine Operators

8. Bill Printing Machine Operator

9. Cylinder Press Operator

10. Rotating Press Operator

11. Offset Printing Machine Operator

12. Color Press Operator

13. Palnographic Press Operator

14. Paper Folder Machine Operator

15. Paper Coating Machine Operator

16. Advertising Agent

Medical Professions

1. Male Nurse

2.Pharmacist Assistant

3. Medical Coordinator

Airport Professions

1. Aviation Guiding Officer

2. Ground Steward

3. Ticket controller

4. Airplane takeoff Supervisor

5. Air traffic controller

6. Aircraft Landing supervisor

7. Passenger Transport supervisor

8. Land Guide

Engineering Professions

1. Architect

2. General Survey Engineer

3. Civil Engineer

4. Electronic Engineer

5. Electronics Engineer

6. Mechanical Engineer

7. Projects Engineers

Technical Professions

1. Building Technician/Building Controller

2. Electronic Technician

3. Road Technician/Road Controller

4. Mechanical Technician

5. Soil Mechanics Laboratory Technician

6. Steam Turbine Technician

7. Construction materials lab technician

8. Gas Network Extension Technician

9. Construction Technician

10. Transformer Technician

11. Station Technician

12. Electrical Technician

13. Heat Operations Technician

14. Maintenance Technician

15. Chemical Technician

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