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Oman: Entry visas alloted to foreign nationals by type (residence/visit), purpose (employment, family reunion, etc.) and sector of employment of visa holder (public/private) (2007)

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Type/ purpose of visa 2007
Public Private Total
Employment visa 15,834 363,508 379,342
without family 6,611 280,488 287,099
with family 86 243 329
Family joining reunion) 6,717 45,036 51,753
Domestic servant 2,420 37,741 40,161
Visit visas 11,840 68,566 80,406
Family 4,265 43,557 47,822
Business Visa 3 10,458 10,461
Tourist ـــ 14,426 14,426
Government 7,572 125 7,697
Business visas 18 421 439

Source: Royal Oman Police
ANNEXED NOTE

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

The Directorate General of Passports and Residence of the Royal Oman Police is responsible for issuing passports for Omanis and granting visas to foreigners wishing to enter the Sultanate. It is also involved in regulating and monitoring the entry and exit of people to and from Oman at border checkpoints.
The office also monitors the number of expatriates living in the country in accordance with policies set by the state.
Visas are granted at the request of an Omani sponsor and on his responsibility.
The employment visa is granted at the request of a local sponsor and on his responsibility to the foreigner coming to Oman for employment and whose age is not below 21.
The family joining Visa is granted to the wife of the foreigner, who is resident in Oman, and as well to his children who are below 21 years. It is also granted to the foreign wife of an Omani national at his request, and subject to a certificate from the concerned authority (Ministry of Interior) confirming the status of the marriage.
The family Visa is granted by the concerned authority at its discretion, and at the request of a local sponsor and on his responsibility, to the relatives of the Omani national and the relatives of the foreigner who are not included in the categories eligible for Family Joining Visa.
Employment visas are valid for 2 years.
Visit visas are valid for 3 months.

2. Institution which provides data

National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI)

3. Data availability

The present data is published in 2009′ Statistical Yearbook, section “Social Services and Security”, available online on NSCI’s website. Each thematic section is presented in PDF format.
The “Social Services” section is available at:
http://www.ncsi.gov.om/NCSI_website/book/syb2009cd/fscommand/english/index.htm
2009′ SYB is available at:
http://www.ncsi.gov.om/NCSI_website/book/syb2009cd/fscommand/tables/Social_Services/13_14-20.pdf

Date of access: December 2014.

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