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Oman: Residence permits by type/purpose and category of issuance (first time/ renewal/ transfer of sponsorship) (2007)

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Category of issuance of permit First Time Renewal Transfer of Sponsorship
Type/purpose of permit
Employment (without family) 205,413 181,522 9,940
Employment (with family) 212 1,875 108
Family Joining (family reunion) 36,103 61,100 282
Domestic Servant 25,839 15,652 2,477
Business 110 939 0
Total 267,677 261,088 12,807

Source: Royal Oman Police

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

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 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:
2009′ SYB is available at:

Date of access: December 2014.

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