Sultanate of Oman offers 10-year residency grants to foreign investors


The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion in the Sultanate of Oman announced the “Investor Residence” program, under which foreign investors and retirees are granted the right to long stay in the Sultanate.

It will be activated during next September through the Ministry’s Investment Services Center online after completing all the procedures related to the project.

The program aims to facilitate granting residency to investors wishing to invest in the Sultanate, so that the residency period is 5 or 10 years, renewable, while adhering to the procedures and controls regulating this, in addition to supporting integrative efforts to enhance the investment environment in the Sultanate and attract quality investments according to clear controls.

The Sultanate of Oman is seeking to increase its revenues to enhance its public finances, at a time when the budget deficit during the first quarter of this year amounted to 751 million riyals, equivalent to about two billion dollars.

Revenues also fell by about 30% due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and oil prices fell.

In this context, the Sultanate of Oman intends to impose a tax on income to be paid by high-income earners from next year, as part of plans to reduce the deficit.

It is noteworthy that public spending declined by about 3% in the first quarter on an annual basis due to efforts to contain costs in government units.

And Standard & Poor’s Ratings Agency last month confirmed Oman’s rating, which is below the investment grade, saying that its outlook is stable in light of expectations that financial pressures will ease this year.

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