Sri Lankan domestic female workers must now submit a ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) issued by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Muscat together with the employment contract to avail the two-year employment visa from an Omani sponsor.
As per the embassy, the measure is an attempt to safeguard the workers and crackdown on irregular migration of female domestic workers to Oman.
The embassy has introduced the new procedure in coordination with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and the Omani authorities concerned.
Speaking about the process, H E Omar Lebbe Ameerajwad, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Oman, said, “We welcome this move as it will safeguard not only the female workers coming to work for a two-year contract but it will also benefit the Omani sponsors. The ladies will be trained in every household work as well as in basic Arabic.”
He added that the NOC will be determined by some factors including two main points: They cannot have children less than five years of age and they must undergo the process of training through the right recruitment agency.
“Unfortunately there are several unscrupulous agencies that exploit and dupe these women and bring them on visit visas. In many cases it is observed that these women, out of desperation, run from their sponsors’ homes. This creates problems for all. This NOC will ensure that such problems do no arise on either side,” H E Ameerajwad said.
According to the new procedure, the Directorate General of Passports and Residence of Royal Oman Police will issue employment visas to the Sri Lankan female domestic workers only if the recruitment agencies or individual sponsors submit the NOC issued by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Muscat together with the employment contract.
The embassy said the NOC is issued free of charge for this purpose. The new procedure of the issuance of the certificate by the embassy came into effect on October 1.
The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Muscat has requested all the foreign and local recruitment agencies and individual sponsors who wish to recruit Sri Lankan female domestic workers in the sultanate, to strictly abide by the procedure and to cooperate with the embassy to curb irregular migration and trafficking of Sri Lankan female domestic workers.