Oman to add 5% to expat visa fee to support job fund Oman’s Ministry of Labour said the five per cent of expat work permit renewal fees will go towards funding the Job Security System (JSS) in the Sultanate. The charges for renewing expat work permits will be raised accordingly, an official at the ministry told local media. “The amount of five per cent will be added to employment visa fees issued and renewed for the non-Omani workforce,” the official 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 300 Omani riyals, then from early next year, it will cost 315 Omani riyals.” Read| Oman Air resumes flights to Kuwait, Bahrain, and Sri Lanka today 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 later. “The system also seeks to help Omani job seekers search for job opportunities and provide them with the necessary training needs to qualify them for jobs,” according to the Government Communications Centre. Those eligible for the JSS scheme must not have a pension or social insurance and must not have left their jobs willingly. This includes voluntary resignation, the expiry of an employment contract, and agreeing with the employer to have his/her services terminated. The applicant must not have been dismissed for disciplinary reasons. They must also be able to work and must actively search for employment. Terminated employees must apply for JSS benefits within 90 days of their dismissal. Employees, whether dismissed individually or collectively, are entitled to apply for benefits. Those who already receiving benefits must not apply for the JSS scheme. Exempted from this is people with disabilities who receive permanent pension given to those.
Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Telegram Pinterest Linkedin Email Oman: Mosques to remain closed Oman’s Government Communications Centre (GC) has slammed the fake news being circulated on social media about re-opening of mosques on 15th November across the Sultanate. Read| Muscat International Airport first in Middle East to get health accreditation certificate A statement issued online by GC said, “There is no truth to the news being circulated on social media about the opening of mosques on 15th November in the Sultanate. We call on everyone to obtain information from its official sources and to avoid circulating rumours.” Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Telegram Pinterest Linkedin Email Previous articleKuwait takes French products off shelves in protest at anti-Prophet images Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.
Oman: Dozens convicted for violating COVID-19 rules Omani courts have convicted dozens of people for violating rules in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the country is battling to stem the potentially fatal disease. The First Instance Court in the state of Bahla ordered 72 people to pay a fine of RO 1,000 each for flouting the anti-coronavirus precautions. The defendants were arrested last month for illegally gathering in a farm in violation of a health ban on such gatherings. The violation was detected two weeks before Oman’s supreme committee in charge of tackling the COVID-19 crisis warned that names and photos of violators of precautions against the highly infectious disease will be published in the media. Read| Oman: Expats with expired visas will not be allowed to return The public prosecution has said that the names and the photos will be made public after court rulings are issued against the offenders. Eight foreigners were also convicted of violating the anti-virus rules in Sur, the capital city of Oman’s Al Sharqiyah South Governorate. The city’s First Instance Court ordered each offender to pay RO 1,000, and two of them be deported from Oman for violating the country’s foreign residencey and labour regulations. The eight were arrested during a ban on movement. On Sunday, Oman began reimposing a night-time ban on movement running until October 24 in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The measure was taken due to a recent increase in the numbers of the virus cases and deaths in the country.
Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Telegram Pinterest Linkedin Email Oman: Expats with expired visas will not be allowed to return Expat workers whose work visas have expired will not be allowed to return to the Sultanate, said Brigadier Said Al Asmi, at a press conference of the Supreme Committee on the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, the issuance of visa is suspended, although for family, entry is available only for those with valid residency, Brigadier Al Asmi said. He thanked citizens and residents for their cooperation and commitment to the guidelines issued by the Supreme Committee. “Though some cases of violations of movement ban and people not wearing masks have been recorded, we call on the violators to expedite the payment of fines before they are transferred to the public prosecution”, added the Brigadier. He said that as part of the naming and shaming measures, the names and photos of the violators will be made public at the end of the legal procedures. The Minister of Health said that 3,919 medical staff have been infected with COVID-19 in Oman, most of them due to community infection. Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Telegram Pinterest Linkedin Email Previous article678 Pakistanis on tourist visas denied entry into UAE Born in Kuwait, based in Mumbai. An Editor for Kwt Today, mainly covering topics on lifestyle and current affairs.