Oman: Residence permits by type/purpose and category of issuance (first time/ renewal/ transfer of sponsorship) (2011)
|Category of issuance of permit||First Time||Renewal||Transfer of Sponsorship|
|Type/purpose of permit|
|Employment (without family)||347,195||266,198||8,514|
|Family Joining (family reunion)||2,269||71,899||438|
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 2013′ 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:
2013′ SYB is available at:
Date of access: December 2014.