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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) (2010)

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Type/ purpose of visa 2010
Public Private Total
Employment visa 17,801 469,777 487,578
without family 6,950 369,015 375,965
with family ـــ 6 6
Family joining reunion) 7,985 50,884 58,869
Domestic servant 2,866 49,872 52,738
Visit visas 18,071 77,899 95,970
Family 4,800 60,759 65,559
Business Visa 45 7,677 7,722
Tourist 6 9,438 9,444
Government 13,220 25 13,245
Business visas 25 147 172

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.

2. Institution which provides data

National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI)

3. Data availability

The present data is published in 2011′ 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/SYB2011/20-SocialServices.pdf
2011′ SYB is available at:
http://www.ncsi.gov.om/NCSI_website/book/SYB2011/index.htm

Date of access: December 2014.

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