x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Oman alters residency rules

Oman will issue residence visa to foreign home owners after the completion of the properties and not on registration, a government official says.

MUSCAT // Oman will issue residence visa to foreign home owners after the completion of the properties and not on registration, a government official said today. Mohammed al-Sinani, the Tourism Ministry's director general of planning and follow-up, said foreign property buyers would get a residence visa after the title deed has been changed to their names. His comment came after property buyers said developers had promised they would receive residence visas while the homes are under construction.

"Home buyers get a multiple three-week visiting visa each time they come when their property is under construction. Then they can apply to get two-year residency after the completion," Mr Sinani said. Buyers are also entitled to get residency for their family and parents. The residency will be cancelled and is transferable to the new owner when the property is sold, Mr Sinani added. Foreigners can only buy in areas called integrated tourism complex (ITC) ? the Wave, Salalah Beach Resort, Barr Al-Jissah, Yiti Resort, Muscat Hills, Blue City and Jebel Sifah.

* Reuters