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Temporary ban on hiring expats in the Oman private sector





February 21, 2018   

Welcome to our client update on recent legal developments and on a new Ministerial Decisions promulgated by the Ministry of Manpower in Oman.

This update summaries the new law temporarily banning the issuance of work permits to non-Omani individuals in 87 job categories in the private sector.

Dentons’ Muscat office has over three decades of experience of advising on employment law issues in Oman. For any points of clarification on the new MD or for any other employment law queries please do not hesitate to contact Dentons. We would be very happy to hear from you.

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Temporary ban on hiring expats in the Oman private sector

Global mobility is a race

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Global mobility professionals should follow the same advice given to race car drivers:

  • Look ahead. There are many potential obstacles to avoid. You should know the entire course of events — not just the next turn — in order to achieve the most optimal approach for the fastest and most efficient processing time.
  • Identify your options and have a plan long before you meet obstacles. Government adjudicators, providers of key documents like diplomas, passports, and birth/marriage certificates, flight schedules, government holidays, corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, etc., are potential obstacles that can lead you to make choices that diverge from the original line of approach.
  • Pay attention to what happens ahead of you and learn from it. There are frequent changes.
  • Monitor proposed new laws and regulations. Keep informed of processing times and enforcement trends. Maintain expatriate employee policies and practices that adopt best practices from the experiences of your prior employee placements and the experience of the professionals advising you.
  • Stay in control and do not let the process drive you. Business needs can change. Family needs of the employee can change. You may need to adapt to those changes, but should do so in a controlled fashion that keeps the process on course.
  • Smoothness is king. Avoid radical shifts in practices. Adapt and make changes in a considerate fashion that does not derail other parts of the process.

Advance planning is key. The global mobility assignment process is complex and more often than not takes longer than expected. Plan — plan early — and keep the plan nimble.

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Global mobility is a race