Oman to use 5% of expat visa fee to support job fund

Vastavam Web: Five per cent of the money earned by expatriates’ work permit renewal will go towards funding the Job Security System (JSS). To provide this fee, the cost of renewing expat permits will be raised accordingly, an official of the Ministry of Labour told the Times of Oman.

“The amount of five per cent will be added to employment visa fees issued and renewed for the non-Omani workforce,” he said.

“This excludes special permits, or private permits, issued to employees working in households, such as drivers or housemaids, as well as those working on farms. For example, if the cost of the permit is right now OMR300, then from early next year, it will cost OMR315.”

According to the regulations of the Job Security System, any employer wishing to terminate an Omani from his service must inform the Ministry of Labour at least three months prior to the date of his dismissal.

The JSS aims to provide temporary financial benefits to Omani citizens terminated from work for reasons outside their control. Temporary financial provisions from this fund for job seekers are also expected at a later date.

“The advantages of the system include help in searching for job opportunities, and determining the training needs and providing them to those who need it,” said the Government Communications Centre.