Monday, March 31, 2014

Legal Updates - March 31, 2014

Ministerial Decisions Stops the Issuing of fresh visas to non-Omanis

The Ministry of Manpower issued two Ministerial Decisions No. 617/ 2013 and 618/2013 regulating certain professions. As per MD 617/2013, no work permits will be issued for a period of six (6) months to private sector companies whose core business activities are:  carpentry workshops, aluminum workshops, blacksmithing workshops and brick factories. This decision is not applicable to establishments registered under the excellent grade category and the international grade companies. The decision is effective from 1 January 2014.

MD 618/2013 provides that non-Omanis will not be issued work permits to work as car engineers, debt collectors, cashier and storekeepers.  MD 618/2013 does not specify any period of time for this restriction. The MD also does not specify that establishments registered under excellent grade category and international grade companies are excluded. The decision is effective from 1 January 2014.