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Mar 01 2009

Oman: Ban on eight professions for expatriates lifted

MUSCAT -- The Ministry of Manpower has lifted the restrictions in place on a number of professions effective from this month. Sayyid Hamad bin Hilal Al Busaidi, undersecretary for labour affairs in the ministry, said the government, after intensive studies, had decided to grant permission for the recruitment of expatriates in eight professions out of the 15 banned last year.

"This authorisation applies to all wilayats other than those included in the previous ban," he said.

The eight professions covered by the lifting of ban comprise car repair and affiliated works, hair-dressing and beautification, sale of carpets and furniture, sale of readymade garments and textiles, gents and ladies tailoring, carpentry workshops, smithy and aluminium works.

The ban will continue on the other seven professions, including import, export and commercial representation; cleaning works, barbershops, laundry, sale and repair of electronics and sale and repair of mobile phones, and health clubs, said Sayyid Hamad, adding that the revision of earlier decision conforms to the actual needs of the community, particularly in the densely populated areas.

"Lifting of the ban is aimed at regulating the labour market as per the actual needs and the recommendations of the third seminar of employment of national manpower," he added. The ministry is currently working on a study to determine the actual number of expatriate workers in a number of professions, particularly those currently banned, he said.

Some 22,697 expatriates are currently working in the seven professions (the professions for which the ministry has stopped issuing clearances) as per the official data, he added.

Visas for Bangladeshis
There are no restrictions in place for Bangladeshi nationals on any profession from the approved list of work areas.

According to immigration officials, Bangladeshi nationals can come to Oman on all types of visa categories granted to them except on a houseboy visa which has not been included in the list of allowed professions.

The authorised professions for Bangladeshi nationals include the posts of general manager, engineer, electronics technician, electrician, ship engines mechanic, diesel engines mechanic, glass fixer, décor technician, carpet fixer, wells digger, painter, butcher, housemaid, mechanic, baker, silicon printing, male massager, bookbinding, domestic animal caring, van driver, baby-sitter female, mason, mosque servant, waiter, sweeper, laundry and ironing, weaver, welder, building materials salesman, marketing, blacksmith, salesman, carpenter, curtains tailor, cleaning works, farmer, stable man, swaddle person, flagstone work.

© Times of Oman 2009

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