Oman lowers salary requirement for expats to sponsor family

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Oman has reportedly halved the minimum monthly salary requirement for foreign workers to bring their family to live in the country.

As per the latest announcement, an expat employee can bring family members to Oman if he is earning OMR300 per month.

Earlier, the minimum salary required for such a visa was OMR600, a Times of Oman report says.

“The visa condition for family members joining an expatriate employee has been amended from a minimum salary of OMR600 to OMR300,” Shura Council Member Sultan bin Majid Al Abri tweeted.

In an exclusive statement for Al Shabiba, Times of Oman’s sister publication, Al Abri pointed out that the decision has been made on a recommendation of the Shura Council, and as part of one of the initiatives of the Tanfeedh programme.

Al Abri was quoted as saying the decision would boost the local economy including the real estate, retail and insurance sectors. Royal Oman Police first brought in the restriction in September 2013.

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In May 2016, members of the council argued for the restriction to be lifted to increase the amount of money expatriates spend in the country.

Oman currently has more than 1.74 million expat workers and around 2 million expats in total including family members.

Published on 3 October 2017

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