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Oman announces regularisation period for expat workers

On December 8, 2020

Oman's Ministry of Labour announced a one-month grace period until January 2021 for employers to correct the work status of their expatriate workers without paying fines, as part of the government's efforts to regulate the labour market.  

  • Amend the professions of expat workers from the "Omanised" professions to other professions, in accordance with the requirements  
  • Amend the wages of the expat workforce according to the approved work contract
  • Apply for a license to recruit and engage in work for the expat workforce from inside the Sultanate from the suspended activities if the conditions prescribed for the license are met.

During the grace period, employers who wish to transfer their workers to other employers can do so "according to the prescribed controls and procedures".

It is unclear what mechanism is in place to ensure expat workers have agency in deciding where to work and agreeing to changes to their contract. 

Oman has earlier waived all fines for irregular migrant workers who leave the Sultanate by 31 December 2020. According to the Ministry of Labour from 15 November to 26 November 2020, 19527 expats applied for the amnesty, many of whom have absconding cases lodged against them.