Hi, I am being considered for a permanent financial services role in Oman. I am very experienced for the role but did not attend University when I was younger. Can anyone let me know if I must hold University qualifications as a requirement for my potential employer to obtain a work permit / visa for me? Thanks.
I've come across slightly conflicting info on whether or not a university degree is necessary to get a work permit in Oman. In many cases, it seems to depend on the type of work and the employer. Many foreign nationals working in Oman do not have university degrees, but this is because their jobs do not require it and they move to Oman as unskilled labour.
Additionally, a university degree is not mentioned as a requirement for a work visa on the official Royal Oman Police website (https://www.rop.gov.om/english/dg_pr_visas_employment.html).
However, Oman has a policy known as Omanisation which aims to replace foreign workers with local skilled workers. This has made getting a job more competitive; employers must prove that the vacant job position cannot be filled by an Omani citizen. (For more information, you can read Visas for Oman). As such, your potential employer may require a university degree as documentation that you are qualified and experienced, and a better fit for the job than other applicants.
Hopefully, somebody who has personal experience getting a work permit in Oman can reach out to you via this forum. It may also be worth contacting your nearest Omani embassy to ask about up-to-date guidance on work permits, as these are subject to change.
Hope this helps.