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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) (2011)

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Type/ purpose of visa 2011
Public Private Total
Residence Visas 17,975 596,539 614,514
Employment 7,453 466,384 473,837
Family joining (family reunion) 6,894 50,621 57,515
Domestic servant 2,932 69,178 72,110
Short work 24 6,183 6,207
Family 672 4,173 4,845
Visit Visas 19,201 192,942 212,143
Family 6,499 74,413 80,912
Tourist 3 11,146 11,149
Official 11,651 8 11,659
Band 15 2,630 2,645
Sea crew 52 7,206 7,258
Express 762 79,944 80,706
Others(1) 219 17,595 17,814
Business visas(2) 5 26 31

Source: Royal Oman Police

1- Includes Road Transit Visa, Festivals Visa and Employment Contracting Visa
2- the Business Visa was cancelled in 2012 and merged with Express Visa

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 2014′ 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/SYB2014/20-Social.pdf
2014′ SYB is available at:
http://www.ncsi.gov.om/NCSI_website/book/SYB2014/index.htm

Date of access: December 2014.

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