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pooroldedgar



Joined: 07 Oct 2010
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:38 am    Post subject: For anyone thinking of bringing your family to Oman.... Reply with quote

....feel free to just PM me.

I can probably help you far more than TATI can.
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veiledsentiments



Joined: 20 Feb 2003
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Location: USA

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With only two posts, I don't believe that you can do PMs yet... unless they have changed the rules here. For the last few years, you have needed 5 posts to be able to do PMs. It is to stop the spammers who come on here and spam the PM in-boxes.

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pooroldedgar



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 6:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eh, probably for the best.

I was just tying to make a frustrated point....
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madrileno



Joined: 19 Aug 2010
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Location: Oman

PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I've observed with acquaintances here, it's quite a hassle and far more difficult to bring your family to Oman than it is to the UAE or Qatar.
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veiledsentiments



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has this problem just started with the contractors? Both employers that I worked for handled everything and everyone arrived together.

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Sleepwalker



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just post 'Thanks" until you get to 5 posts
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nomad soul



Joined: 31 Jan 2010
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sleepwalker wrote:
Just post 'Thanks" until you get to 5 posts

Better yet, since the OP initiated this thread, he/she can simply post his/her 'frustrated' point on this forum instead of resorting to PMs.
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Eijse74



Joined: 06 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For anyone thinking of bringing their family to Oman, be aware that the visa rules have changed. Unlike before, you can't come in on a visitor visa and convert it to another type of visa later. The change isn't your employer's fault, although some recruiters *cough CECN cough* might bring you in on a visitor visa originally and make you do a visa run later. This necessarily results in the issue of your labour card being delayed by weeks or months (employment visa is a prerequisite) and this may or may not be acceptable to some. Also, you must be a male in order to sponsor your family. This has always been the rule and again, this isn't your employer's fault.

Documents you'll need for a family visa:

a) ORIGINAL marriage certificate (must be attested in Muscat by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs AND by the relevant ministry in the country you were married in. If you're unmarried or are married to another dude, forget it - ain't gonna happen);

b) ORIGINAL birth certificates of any children (need not be attested, but it doesn't hurt if they are);

c) copies of passport information page (for each family member as well as your own);

d) copy of your labour card (front and back);

e) ORIGINAL rent agreement signed by you and your landlord (must be attested in Muscat by the municipal office (Baladia). You also have to pay duty on this, the amount of which depends on your monthly rent).

Once your family visa has been secured and a deposit paid (your employer/recruiter should help with this) flights for your family can be arranged. The process needn't take more than a couple of weeks provided that you have your documents in order. It's better to have as many of these things ready BEFORE coming to Oman otherwise you're in for disappointment and/or lengthy delays. Obviously, some of these things are impossible for most people to obtain until they are in the country - this is especially true for newbies.

Also, bear in mind that your employer may insist that you successfully complete your probationary period (usually 3 months) before allowing you to apply for your family visa.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed.
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MuscatGary



Joined: 03 Jun 2013
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems to take longer if the spouse is Chinese. This is based on my observations over the last two years.
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