Oman’s Ministry of Manpower increased the fees payable by employers to obtain/renew visas for their expatriate workers coming to Oman by 50 percent from OMR 201 (US$ 523) to OMR 301 (US$ 783) with effect from 7 November 2016.1
Employees taking an international assignment in Oman, their international HR or global mobility managers, and qualified immigration advisers should take note of the changes in visa-related fees. This fee increase is significant and represents an additional cost to businesses that wish to move their workers to Oman. The increase has the potential to hit global mobility budgets at short notice.
Employment visas issued to expatriates are valid for two years and have to be renewed thereafter. The fees for a new visa or renewing an existing visa have been increased by 50 percent from OMR 201 (US$ 523) to OMR 301 (US$783). An employer of expatriates will be liable to pay a fine of OMR 10 (US$ 26) per month per expatriate for any delay in renewing their employment visas.
Employers have also been permitted to temporarily hire expatriates at a lower visa cost as shown in the table on the next page.
|Duration of the visa||Visa fees|
|4 months||OMR 60 (US$ 156)|
|6 months||OMR 90 (US$ 234)|
|OMR 135 (US$ 351)|
The fees payable by employers of domestic workers and farm workers have also increased as follows:
|Employing / renewing visas of up to 3 domestic workers||OMR 141 (US$ 367) per domestic worker|
|Employing more than 3 domestic workers||OMR 241 (US$ 627) per incremental domestic worker|
|Renewing the visas of 4 or more domestic workers||OMR 241 (US$ 627) per domestic worker (and not just incremental domestic workers)|
|Employing / renewing visas of up to 3 farm workers||OMR 201 (US$ 523) per farm worker|
|Employing more than 3 farm workers||OMR 301 (US$ 783) per incremental farm worker|
|Renewing the visas of 4 or more farm workers||OMR 241 (US$ 627) per farm worker (and not just incremental farm workers)|
While the fees mentioned above have to be settled in advance and are non-refundable, the next-of-kin of employers are entitled to a full refund of the visa application fees paid for domestic workers and their equivalent if the employer dies without utilizing the visa.
The Oman government, as a part of its efforts to mobilize non-oil revenue in the aftermath of dwindling oil income has:
An increase in the employment visa fees is in line with recent policies and approaches aimed at finding additional sources of revenue.
1 Ministerial Decision No. 340/2016 dated 6 November 2016 concerning the fees for issuing and renewing licenses for the recruitment of non-Omani manpower and the work that it performs.
For further information or assistance, please contact your local GMS or People Services professional* or one of the following immigrationprofessionals with the KPMG International member firm in Oman:
Tel. +968 2474 9231
Tel. +968 2472 9215
Tel. +968 2474 9264
* Please note that the KPMG International member firm in the United States does not offer labor or immigration services.
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