Muscat: Companies and individuals with Ministry of Labour clearances can now apply for expat visas online. They can now submit requests for employment and housemaid visas online, a senior Royal Oman Police official has said.
The facility is available to those who had previously been given permission by the Ministry of Labour to apply for foreign worker visas, but were unable to do so because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The doors to issue work visas in Oman have now been opened,” he said. “Non-Omani workers and housemaid visas can be applied for electronically. Applications can be submitted either through the Royal Oman Police website, or through Sanad offices. At the moment, however, applications for tourism visas are still suspended.”
Humaid Al Maharbi, who runs a Sanad office in the wilayat of Amerat in Muscat, said, “Yes, it is now possible to electronically apply for new work visas as well as housemaid visas, through Sanad offices, or directly, through the website of the Royal Oman Police.
Many citizens and residents came to my office to verify this, and had quite a few enquiries, which included the process of applying for an employment visa through the Sanad centre. They also wanted to know the requirements for such an application.”
Manal Al Saqri, another Sanad office owner, said she had received more than 20 requests for expat work visas after the facility was made available.