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Latest post on 05 October 2014 - 17:39
I apologise for a boring maid question but we are seriously considering a move to Muscat next year and want to know if we can directly sponsor a maid from her home country or do we have to go through a maid agency? I want to send my current maid home and re-sponsor her to join us in Oman. Is it possible to do all the paper work myself and submit to immigration in Oman and then just send for her?
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Latest post on 06 October 2014 - 09:49
Not everyone can sponsor a Maid in Oman. This might be of interest..... Times of Oman ...September 20th, 2014 Muscat: A managerial level expatriate working in any of the top level private sector organisations in Oman can bring domestic help from abroad. Apart from the designation, the other criteria is that an expatriate should have a salary of at least OMR700 if he or she wants to bring a female domestic help and a salary of OMR1,500 to bring a male domestic help, according to the Ministry of Manpower. The ministry has said that an expatriate should be either a chief executive, general manager, president of a university, or principal of a college apart from a director, advisor, investor or a doctor specialising in various areas. He or she must be a specialist in any area, lawyer, an engineer in the international or 'mumtaz' category or lecturers in private educational institutions. The expatriate has to be an employee of the company which comes under international or 'mumtaz' category To get permission or a licence to bring a domestic help, one should give a letter of assurance from the employer confirming the details of the monthly salary and should be held responsible if details provided by the applicant are found to be untrue. Those who come under the definition of the domestic worker category are maids, personal drivers and nannies. The applicant is also required to prove that his family is in Oman. One applicant can't apply for more than one domestic worker, according to the ministry. However, these facilities would not come under the policy of Omanisation in the company, but it would be taken into account if the company was following the policy, said the ministry. According to the rule, If there was a requirement for a personal driver, the car would have to be in the name of the expatriate. A licence and labour card would cost OMR141 for a period of two years for a domestic worker. For a cook, one has to pay OMR201. However, if a domestic worker leaves the country within 90 days of his entering the country, one can get another licence after paying OMR1 only. However, this does not apply in the case of transfer of sponsorship or if somebody absconds.
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Latest post on 15 October 2014 - 17:47
Thank you Lady in Oman for your very detailed response. I definitely fall into the category of being allowed to sponsor a maid. My query is can I sponsor a maid directly from her home country myself, eg Indonesia? Or, do I have to go through a maid agency? I would like to be able to complete all the necessary paper work and send her a copy of her visa and her plane ticket. <em>edited by mrsb. on 15/10/2014</em>
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Latest post on 18 October 2014 - 16:34
As you have to have a letter from your employer as part of the paperwork, it would probably be best to consult your PRO, as he should know what the requirements are.