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Oman expatriate labour ban: Expats with NOCs able to join new jobs


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Muscat: Expatriates who procure a "no objection certificate" (NOC) from their employer can join a new place of work without any restriction, Said bin Saleh Al Kiyoumi, chairman of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI), has clarified.

Speaking to the Times of Oman's sister publication Al Shabiba, he said that as per Article 11 in the Passport and Residence Act, any expat workers in Oman who leave their jobs will not be able to return to the country for two years, but clarified that as per the old law, expats with a "no objection certificate" from their sponsor can return to a new job. "So the same criteria that existed will apply with regard to the no objection certificate rule," he said.

Al Kiyoumi said the business community has welcomed the government's move to impose two-year ban on foreign workers to re-enter the country on a new employment visa because "it protects their rights and organises the labour market". He said this law has been a long-standing demand of the OCCI and businessmen at large, and is a positive decision.

He explained that the Chamber has been receiving many complaints from businessmen and citizens whose businesses were being negatively affected since this rule was relaxed. Thanking the vice-president of the Supreme Council for Planning and the Inspector General of Police and Customs for their prompt response to the demands of businessmen, he said, "It will enhance the overall performance of the private sector."

Meanwhile, reacting to "no objection certificate" rule, Salim Al Mashani, Majlis Al Shura member, Taqa, said, "I welcome this move. I believe it's everyone's right to be able to opt for their choice of workplace. My only concern is that people shouldn't misuse this law."

Al Mashani said though some people might resist the activation of the new law now, they would eventually get used to it in a couple of years.

"This is a positive move for the business houses. Employees need to show loyalty rather than hopping from one company to another. Anyway, now with the no objection certificate element included into the new ruling, it has become completely fair to both employers' and employees' points of view," said G. Roy who owns an entertainment company.

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I came from oman on date : 22-02-2013 now I getting job offer from oman now i can go to oman or not ? Please tell me




A worker never leave a good copany why a labour leave the owner not giving good salary that is why they want change work , none of the owner never give N O C ,the workers have the freedom of work , Any govt office checking regularly most of the labour getting over time wages , yearly increment , bonus leave salary some owners hesitate to give this poor labour force to continue two year, this rule very horible ,a labour must have freedom of choice any time ,




If an expat is fired illegally, then even if one acquires NOC, it would be for self satisfaction because what good is that NOC if one is not able to secure another job, since the situation here is already tight.

We should also keep in mind that the proportion of expats who switch jobs frequently is very low and the majority is not interested in doing that, unless their work situation forces them to! Be it after a few months or a few years, depending upon ones amount of patience.

The beneficiaries of this new law will only be the business tycoons & top executive branch who might be less than just 5% of the workforce. The would-be investors and small scale local entrepreneurs will be the hardest hit, whom the government is trying to support the most, since they will not be able to hire any experienced expat due to the new law.

This law will also be the cause of brain drain of expats from Oman, who earlier supported the economy. It does not matter whether the experienced expats work for A, B or C companies, because finally it is The Sultanate of Oman that the expats are serving. We have a good example of The United States of America, which is where it is due to the hard work of expats for over a couple of decades.

The fear has already emerged among the 95% of expat workforce who contribute a good percentage in the country’s GDP that their present job could be their last in Oman and it is this fear which is hitting the consumer market.

In my opinion the new law will lead to a situation where within just a few years time we will see the majority of expat workforce in miserable condition, further from acquiring new skills to develop the company and highly demotivated. Obviously we cant expect these types of employees to make any positive difference in the company or country, since it is freedom, not fear, that brings out and nurtures creativity! Of course it finally depends on what the management is looking for? Creative Thinker or a Remote Controlled Live Robot!





If an expat is fired illegally, then even if one acquires NOC, it would be for self satisfaction because what good is that NOC if one is not able to secure another job, since the situation here is already tight.

We should also keep in mind that the proportion of expats who switch jobs frequently is very low and the majority is not interested in doing that, unless their work situation forces them to! Be it after a few months or a few years, depending upon ones amount of patience.

The beneficiaries of this new law will only be the business tycoons & top executive branch who might be less than just 5% of the workforce. The would-be investors and small scale local entrepreneurs will be the hardest hit, whom the government is trying to support the most, since they will not be able to hire any experienced expat due to the new law.

This law will also be the cause of brain drain of expats from Oman, who earlier supported the economy. It does not matter whether the experienced expats work for A, B or C companies, because finally it is The Sultanate of Oman that the expats are serving. We have a good example of The United States of America, which is where it is due to the hard work of expats for over a couple of decades.

The fear has already emerged among the 95% of expat workforce who are contributing a good percentage in the country’s GDP and that fear is a thought that their present job could be the last in Oman, which is hitting the consumer market.
In my opinion the new law will lead to a situation where within just a few years time we will see the majority of expat workforce in miserable condition, further from acquiring new skills to develop the company and highly demotivated.

Obviously we cant expect these types of employees to make any positive difference in the company or country, since it is freedom, not fear, that brings out and nurtures creativity! Of course it finally depends on what the management is looking for? Creative Thinker or a Remote Controlled Live Robot!





This law is only giving favor to employer, nobody like to give NOC. this is big issue for employees. Government should see also employees matters. I m going to finish my 2 years visa. and now i want to apply another job, its mean i have to wait more 2 years, suban Allah




It is good,so that people will try to find work in their own countries.




it rule isnt good for employees.Bcz employer may be harras and create more trouble for employees.it must not be in oman.before rule was better.After this ban employer will not increase salary, reduce overtime and threat employees for termination..So In the favour of employee oman gov. Must create 1 rule that when company terminate employeees,company must give "noc".otherwise it is injustice with Employees.




Anybody can guide.... If Employee has been finished first 2 yrs & second visa wil be finished on 2015. Basically this ban for first 2 yrs...is it right or anyone who is going to change or switchover in oman.

Reply plz





Employer NOC not give. Lot of employer misuse the law. Employer harassing employees mentally and physically but not resign regarding the career problems. Some good professional employees are trapped. In this case no development in the Oman economy and no future or career for good professional employees.




This is totally unfair this is haram it is to make employees nothing else then slaves oh my god.

And this is nothing else then kidding that any employer will give his employee NOC while he is leaving his company





I have finished 2year in my company, can I change to other company without noc.




i hav 7years of experience in my company.next month im going to finish my two year.i got a better job in another company..plz clarify if the rule is implemented?or canseled?whether the rule is affeted me negativily




After completion of two years contract I resign, and later apply for a new job will I be allowed to enter oman?





Can anybody clarify this ruling? Is the 2 year ban valid for a person who exited before 1st July, for a person left his job in May 2014? or the ban is valid only for those who leave Oman after 1st July 2014?





None of the businessman never worke for the goodwill of the labour,most of the businessmen willnot give NOC from the labour law not suproting labour,daily im the paper news coming so many labour voilated labour rule,but how many businessmen are caught, in Oman labour supplier making money by labour supling,,the businessman renting the labour to a 3rd party more wages but the labour will get less money


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