Oman: Residence permits by type of permit (employment/ family reunion/domestic labour) (2007-2013)
|Type/purpose of permit||2007||2008||2009||2010||2011||2012||2013|
|Family Joining (family reunion)||97,485||113,005||16,696||84,542||74,606||78,178||88,493|
Source: Royal Oman Police
1. Technical Notes and Definitions
The present data is the sum of the figures of residency permits delivered each given year under the following categories: “First issuance”, “Renewal” and “Transfer of sponsorship”, as published in NCSI’s Statistical Yearbooks in section “Social Services and Security”.
The Directorate General of Civil Status of the Royal Oman Police is responsible for delivering residence cards (Iqama) to foreign residents in the following categories:
-employed foreign nationals,
-wife and children (below age 21) of employed foreign nationals,
-brothers and sisters of employed foreign nationals (below age 18)
-foreign wife of an Omani national
Nationals of other GCC countries are exempted from the obligation to hold a residence permit.
Employment and family reunion residency permits are valid for 2 years.
2. Institution which provides data
National Center for Statistics and Information (NCSI)
3. Data availability
The present data is taken from 2009 to 2014 Statistical Yearbooks, section “Social Services and Security”, available online on NSCI’s website. Each thematic section is presented in PDF format.
2009′ to 2014′ SYB are available at:
Date of access: December 2014.