Muscat : Oman Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik has issued a Royal Decree granting the Omani citizenship to 157 expats in the country.
This is not the first time Oman’s Sultan grants expats the citizenship. Last Year in December , he granted the citizenship for 32 expats.
Expats who wants to get Omani citizenship and to get Omani passport will have to file an application that costs OMR600, while the spouses or previous spouses of Omani citizens will need to pay OMR300, according to the Ministry of Interior.
Applicants will have to prove that they live and work in Oman, and that they have not had any legal cases brought against them. They will also need to present a medical certificate to prove that they do not have communicable diseases, or risk not being able to gain a citizenship.
Executive regulation 92/2019 released by the ministry stated: “The application for Omani Citizenship will cost OMR600, while the application for the expat wife, widow, or divorcee of an Omani citizen will cost OMR300, as does the citizenship for an underage child of an Omani woman.”
Anyone who gains the Omani citizenship must report to the ministry to receive an Omani passport, and must remain a long-term resident of Oman.
Article 16 of the law states: “Any who receive the Omani citizenship must visit the ministry to complete the procedures required for an Omani passport for him and underage children who will automatically receive it, within six months.”
The expats who begin this procedure will have to undergo an Arabic language exam. The exam can be written, or it can be an interview in Arabic, at the ministry itself. Expats who fail the exam can repeat it once six months have passed, although they have four chances to repeat it.
The new citizens of Oman will not be able to spend six months outside the country at once during the ten years after they gain their citizenships, unless they receive a permit from the Ministry of Interior.
People can apply for Omani citizenship at the Sultanate’s Ministry of Interior.