OMAN : Expats need not
visit civil status office to renew Resident cards
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The company owner or an authorised employee of the company
can get the card renewed on his or her behalf.
By Mrudu Naik and Saleh Al Shaibany: MUSCAT: In a move that will make easier the
process of renewal of residence cards for expatriates, the Royal Oman Police (ROP)
has announced major changes in the existing procedures, as per which,
expatriates seeking to renew their resident cards need not be present at the
Department of Civil Status office.
Instead, the company owner or an authorised employee of the company can get the
card renewed on his or her behalf. The new rule came into effect yesterday.
However, the procedure for issuing of residence cards for first timers remains
“The new announcement means that the expatriates seeking to renew their
residency do not have to come themselves; their company can send a
representative to do it. However, for a change of sponsorship or job, the
expatriate may be needed to be physically present, along with the representative
of the company they want to join,” a spokesman of the Residence Office said.
A notice from the ROP in the newspapers yesterday announced that “the General
Administration of Civil Status will begin the application of this new mechanism
for the renewal of residence card for the convenience of the employers in the
Sultanate. The application of the new mechanism will be limited to the General
Administration of Civil Status at Al Seeb, as a first phase.”
For company authorities, the notice informed, it is a must that the authorised
representatives bring renewal applications of at least 10 people at a time.
Besides, the legally authorised representative who brings the cards for renewal
should have an authorisation letter from the company.
The new services are available during the normal office hours.
( Courtesy: http://www.timesofoman.com/