ANNOUNCEMENT 28 Oct 2013In October 2013, the government of Oman announced a change for the labour market access of foreign workers.
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Gulf News, October 28, 2013, 'Oman freezes expatriate recruitment in construction and cleaning sectors': http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/oman/oman-freezes-expatriate-recruitment-in-construction-and-cleaning-sectors-1.1248182
Emirates 24/7, October 28, 2013, 'Oman halts foreign worker visas for 6 months': http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/oman-halts-foreign-worker-visas-for-6-months-2013-10-28-1.525950
On October 28, 2013, the Omani Ministry of Manpower decided not to allow small construction and cleaning companies to hire foreign workers for the next six months, in a bid to curb illegal foreign labour. Certain companies (those listed as 'first class', consultancy firms and those involved in government projects) are excluded from the measure.
The measure entered into force on 1 November 2013 for a period of 6 months.