On 28 January 2018, the Ministry of Manpower issued a temporary six-month freeze on work permits and visas for expatriates in 87 jobs over ten different sectors. During the six months, expatriates already employed in Oman can continue to work as long as their work permit and visa are valid, but if they need to renew, they will be unable to do so and will have to find alternate work or leave the country.

Samir Kantaria, partner at Al Tamimi & Company and Roxanne Vesuvala, paralegal.