Companies that are planning on hiring expatriates will now have to think twice, as the Ministry of Manpower has announced that the fees for obtaining work visas for foreign workers in Oman will be raised by 50 per cent.
The new fee structure is expected to come into effect after it will be published in the Sultanate’s official gazette.
Roughly translated, this means companies will have to shell out RO301, instead of RO201 after the ruling comes into effect. According to the National Centre for Statistics and Information (NCSI), there are currently 2,083,077 expatriates in the Sultanate, of which 1,485,615 are workers in the private sector, excluding domestic workers.
Speaking to the Times of Oman, Tawfiq al Lawati, a Majlis Al Shura member, said: “Government doesn’t have any other option as the economic conditions are bad.
“However, personally, I feel that this move will have a negative impact as the prices of services and goods will go up eventually when the cost of visa is going up.”
The move is expected to generate an extra RO148 million in fees over a period of two years, should every worker currently registered in the government data renew their visa or be replaced by another foreign worker.