Oman Public Sector Visas


Issuing visas for foreigners who are interested in residing or visiting Oman under the sponsorship of Government organizsations and entities and for friendly and brotherly Embassies. This visa will be as follows:

  1. This visa can be used within six months from the date of issuance.
  2. It is valid for staying in Oman according to the period specified.
  3. It will be a multiple entry visa if it is a residence visa and single entry visa if it is a visit visa.
  4. A visit visa is valid for three months and is renewable for another one month period only.
  5. An employment visa is valid for two years and is renewable for a similar period.
  6. An official visit visa is valid for three months and is renewable for a similar period.
  7. A family visit visa is valid for three months from the date of entry. This period is extendable for one month only.
  8. A family residence visa is valid for two renewable years.

Who can request this service

Government, Businesses (Ministries and Government entities, Diplomatic Missions in Oman, public companies and organisations where the Government has 50% or more shares.)

Steps to follow to request the service

Process Steps:

1. Receiving the application:
The Visa helpdesk officer receives the application.
2. Approving the application:
The authorized signatory officer approves the application.
3. Saving the application:
The application, including all details of the expatriate and the sponsor, is saved in the computer.
4. Auditing the application:
The competent officer cross checks the saved details and compares those details with the existing ones, if any.
5. Issuance of visa:
The visa is issued unless there are other restrictions.

What documents are needed to process

First: Visas of Ministries and Government Entities

Employment Visa (two years and renewable):

  • A visa application form typed in Arabic if the applicant is an Arab National, and typed in English if the applicant is a foreigner.
  • Two photographs (4 x 6) cm of the applicant.
  • A copy of the passport for the expatriate which must be valid for 90 days at least.
  • A medical fitness certificate. This is required from foreigners who are coming from certain countries specified by the competent authorities.
  • A letter from the sponsor stating if the expatriate is exempted from paying fees or not.
  • The application form and the letter must be signed and sealed by the authorized signatory of the applicant.
  • Where the foreigner had previously worked in Oman under a public or private sponsorship, a release letter from the former sponsor should be enclosed with the application.
  • Official Visit Visa. (valid for three months and can be renewed for a similar period):

  • A visa application form typed in Arabic if the applicant is an Arab National, and typed in English if the applicant is a foreigner.
  • Two photographs (4 x 6) cm of the applicant.
  • A copy of the passport for the visitor which must be valid for 90 days at least.
  • An application letter signed and sealed by the authorized signatory should be attached.
  • Relative visit visa. (valid for three months and can be renewed for one month):

  • A visa application form typed in Arabic if the applicant is an Arab National, and typed in English if the applicant is a foreigner.
  • Two photographs (4 x 6) cm of the applicant.
  • A copy of the passport for the visitor which must be valid for 90 days at least.
  • An application letter signed and sealed by the authorized signatory of the sponsor should be attached.
  • A copy of the passport of the resident expatriate.
  • Family joining and residence visa. (valid for two renewable years):

  • A visa application form typed, approved and stamped by the sponsor.
  • Two photographs (4 x 6) cm of the applicant.
  • A copy of the foreigner’s passport which must be valid for 90 days at least.
  • An application letter signed and sealed by the authorized signatory of the sponsor should be attached.
  • A marriage certificate for the spouse, authenticated by the Embassy of the expatriate and by the Omani Ministry of Foreign Affairs must be presented.
  • An acknowledgment from the joining relative that he / she will not work in Oman.
  • Copy of the foreigner’s passport, who is resident in Oman and who wants his family to join him.
  • The father’s approval in case his children join their mother in Oman. This approval should be authenticated by the official authorities.
  • Family Visa. (valid for two renewable years):

  • A visa application form typed, approved and stamped by the sponsor.
  • Two photographs (4 * 6) cm of the applicant.
  • A copy of the foreigner’s passport, which must be valid for 90 days at least.
  • The original and a copy of the medical fitness certificate approved by the Ministry of Health. This is required for foreigners who are coming from definite countries.
  • A letter from the sponsor specifying if the visa is free of charge or payable.
  • The application letter should be signed and sealed by the sponsor.
  • A Copy of the foreigner’s passport, who is resident in Oman and who wants his family to join him.
  • A certificate of kinship should be approved by the Embassy and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Student Visa. (valid for one or two years. It is renewable based on the study terms):

  • A visa application form typed, approved and stamped by the sponsor.
  • Two photographs (4 * 6) cm of the applicant.
  • Copy of the foreigner’s passport, which must be valid for 90 days at least.
  • An original and copy of the medical fitness certificate approved by the Ministry of Health. This is required for foreigners who are coming from definite countries.
  • A letter from the sponsor specifying if the visa is free of charge or payable.
  • Troupe Artist Visa (valid for three renewable months):

  • A visa application form typed, approved and stamped by the sponsor.
  • Two photographs (4 x 6) cm of the applicant.
  • A copy of the foreigner’s passport, which must be valid for 90 days at least.
  • The original and a copy of the medical fitness certificate approved by the Ministry of Health. This is required for foreigners who are coming from definite countries.
  • A letter from the sponsor specifying if the visa is free of charge or payable in addition to clarifying the purpose of the troupe.
  • The application should be signed and sealed by the sponsoring party.
  • Multi Entry Visa. (Validity: One year. This type of visa allows its holder to stay in Oman for 3 weeks in each visit during the validity period of the visa.):

  • A visa application form typed, approved and stamped by the sponsor.
  • Two photographs (4 x 6) cm of the applicant.
  • A copy of the foreigner’s passport, which must be valid for 90 days at least.
  • An original and copy of the medical fitness certificate approved by the Ministry of Health. This is required for foreigners who are coming from definite countries.
  • A letter from the sponsor specifying if the visa is free of charge or payable.
  • The application should be signed and sealed by the sponsoring party.
  • Second: Visas of Embassies and Consulates in Oman

    The procedures required for the Embassies and Consulates are similar to those used for the private sector. All types of visas are applicable including the fees and the letter required from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    Embassy requests shall be submitted to the Public Sector Helpdesk.

    Third: Visas for companies and organizations of the Public sector:

    The procedures required for these companies and organization are similar to those used for the private sector. All types of visas are applicable including the fees.

    How the service is processed

    The receipt voucher will include date of contact. Accessing the Internet can provide more information about this issue.

    How long will it take

    The process will take 24-48 hours unless there are restrictions.

    Fees to be paid:

    Employment Visa: Some cases may require RO 400 or RO 140 – Free or 140 RO or 400 RO
    Official Visa – Free
    Family Visit Visa: Unless the sponsor states that it is free. – RO 6
    Joining a Family: Unless the sponsor states that it is free. – RO 7
    Family Visa: Unless the sponsor states that it is free. – RO 7
    Student Visa: Unless the sponsor states that it is free. – RO 7
    Troupe Artist Visa: Unless the sponsor states that it is free.- RO 6

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