Oman: Entry visas alloted to foreignnationals by type (residence/visit), purpose (employment, family reunion, etc.) and sector of employment of visa holder (public/private) (2013)
|Type/ purpose of visa||2013||2012||2011|
|Family joining (family reunion)||7,947||48,793||56,740||7,508||54,143||61,651||6,894||50,621||57,515|
Source: Royal Oman Police
1- Includes business visas
2- Includes Road Transit Visa, Festivals Visa and Employment Contracting Visa
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:
2014′ SYB is available at:
Date of access: December 2014.