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Oman suspends new visa issuance for Bangladeshis

  • Decision effective from Tuesday
  • To remain in force until further notice
Update : 01 Nov 2023, 12:25 PM

Oman has suspended issuing all types of visas to Bangladeshi citizens until further notice, the Royal Oman Police said in a statement.

It, however, did not mention the reason while making the announcement on X, formerly Twitter, on Tuesday.

“The Royal Oman Police, within its review of the policies for obtaining some types of visas, announces the suspension of the conversion of all types of tourist and visit visas to work visas for all nationalities coming to the Sultanate of Oman, as well as the issuance of all types of visas for Bangladeshi citizens effective Tuesday, 31/10/2023 until further notice,” read the announcement.

The decision came weeks after a visit of an official delegation from Oman to Dhaka. Ambassador Dr Sulaiman Saud Al Jabri, head of the legal department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, led the visit from October 11-14.

During the meeting with Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen, the delegation showed interest in signing two MoUs with Bangladesh including one related to combating illegal migration and trafficking.

Bangladeshi nationals top the list of expatriate workers in Oman with the total reaching 703,840 individuals, followed by 530,242 Indians, according to a July report. The number has increased by more than 150,000 in the last year, news portal Arabian Stories reports.

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