Gulf Labour Markets, Migration, and Population (GLMM) Programme

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Oman: Residence permits by type/purpose and category of issuance (first time/ renewal/ transfer of sponsorship) (2013)

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Category of issuance of permit First Time Renewal Transfer of Sponsorship
Type/purpose of permit
Employment 330,002 361,203 399
Family Joining (family reunion) 2,314 86,151 28
Domestic Servant 57,090 17,603 124
Business 408 1,937 0
Total 389,814 466,894 551

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.

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.

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