Oman plans to remove NOC requirement for expatriates

In a move that would bring joy to thousands of expatriates, Oman is planning to remove the requirement for sponsor’s No Objection Certificate (NOC) to change jobs, Times of Oman has reported citing a senior official from the Ministry of Manpower.

“We will remove the NOC option. It will be removed. The plan is being considered seriously,” Said bin Nasser Al Saadi, the advisor to the Minister for Manpower, told Times of Oman in an exclusive interview.

Currently, expatriate employees who wish to quit a job in Oman and return to join a new company have to procure a No Objection Certificate from their employer.

Without an NOC, the law prevents the expatriate from returning to Oman for two years.
Recent moves by the neighbouring countries to remove red tape and allow expatriate workers to freely enter and leave for work have prompted the plan to scrap the certificate.

“We are updating and modifying our rules. Our new labour law will be more flexible and easier for the labour market help attract investment. We are in the final stages of the new labour law. It will be very soon,” Said bin Nasser Al Saadi added.

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Recently, United Arab Emirates relaxed its labour laws and Qatar is coming out with a labour law scrapping NOC-requirement in December, easing entry and exit norms for expatriate workers.

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