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Oman removes No Objection Certificate (NOC) rule

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TAS News Service

Sunday, June 7, 2020

MUSCAT: Oman has removed the No Objection Certificate (NOC) on Sunday, clearing the way for expat employees in the country to switch jobs from January 1, 2021.

Lt Gen Hassan bin Muhsin Al-Shuraiqi ,Inspector. General of Police and Customs amended Article 24 of the executive regulation of Foreigners Residency Law. According to the new amendment, an employee can move from one company to another provided they complete the contract period with their previous employer. “They (employees) must prove that they have completed the contract with their previous employer in order to join another company,” the statement said. 

According to the statement, the decision shall be published in the official Gazette and it will be implemented from January 1, 2021.

What is NOC?

The No Objection Certificate in Oman (NOC) ruling has been the subject of much debate since its inception.

Under this ruling, an expatriate worker who is looking to switch jobs in Oman must procure a NOC to move from one company to another.

Should he not receive a NOC, the employee is left with two options: either stay at his existing company, or leave Oman – an option that bars him from working in the Sultanate for two years.

More details to follow