U.S. Embassy Sections and Offices

The U.S. Embassy is comprised several different sections and offices that all work together to support of the goals and objectives of the United States in the Sultanate of Oman. For more on these sections and offices, please read the descriptions below:

Consular Section Chief: Sean M. Hanifen

The Embassy’s Consular Section provides emergency and other assistance to U.S. citizens, including the issuance of passports. We also provide a wide variety of visa services to Oman and other foreign nationals here. Hours of Operation differ according to the particular service.

Additional information and contact details are available on the Visas and U.S. Citizen Services pages.

Political/Economic Section Chief: Jamal A. Al-Mussawi

The Political and Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy interacts closely with the governmental, financial, business, and non-governmental sectors of Omani society to communicate American policy to leaders of the Sultanate of Oman and to report accurately the views of all segments of Omani society to American policy makers.

Public Affairs Officer: Michelle Outlaw

The Public Affairs Section is responsible for media relations and public diplomacy programs designed to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between Omani and American individuals and institutions. The section conducts a full range of cultural and educational activities, including lectures, workshops, exhibits and artistic programs.

Education USA Advising

The U.S. Embassy in Muscat provides accurate, comprehensive, current and unbiased information on educational opportunities in the United States. The Muscat office is part of the EducationUSA network of approximately 450 advising centers worldwide affiliated with the U.S. Department of State, and follows EducationUSA ethical standards. You can contact the Embassy’s EducationUSA Advisor, Sara AlKhudhoori, any time at EdUSAOman@state.gov.

Educational Exchange Programs
The Public Affairs Section administers educational exchange programs. Although opportunities for scholarships are few, large numbers of students travel to the US each year to take advantage of our highly advanced and frequently specialized educational programs.

Attestation of Degrees

Beginning April 1, 2015, the U.S. Embassy in Muscat, Oman, will cease to provide attestations for the accreditation status of educational institutions in the United States.

We regret any inconvenience this may cause; however, the accreditation status of American educational institutions is freely available online. Please visit the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs to search the online database, free of charge.

If you require an official transcript or an authentication of your diploma, please contact your educational institution directly.  Educational institutions are the only entities authorized to issue official transcripts and authenticate diplomas.

If you wish to learn more about higher education in the United States, please contact the EducationUSA advisor in Oman for free advising services at https://www.educationusa.info/Muscat.

To learn more about U.S. accreditation, and to search a database of accredited institutions and programs, visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

 

Welcome to the Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Oman. The Commercial Section is dedicated to creating closer commercial ties between Oman and United States through various services, programs and events. We offer facilitation and referrals as well as some fee-based services such as International Company Profiles, International Partner Searches, and Gold Key Services.

Contact Information
muscatcommercial@state.gov
+968-2464-3784 from 0800-1630, Sunday – Thursday.
Please note that Oman is 8 hours ahead of EST and our weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.

Many of your questions may be answered in our comprehensive guide to doing business in Oman; the annual Country Commercial Guide, available here: Doing Business in Oman: 2014 Country Commercial Guide for U.S. Companies (PDF 1.6 MB).

For more information on services available to facilitate trading with the United States, please visit the U.S.-Oman FTA page.

Oman entered into a Free Trade Agreement with Oman on January 1, 2009. The FTA between the United States and Oman spurs investment and trade in goods and services by:

  • Eliminating most tariff and non-tariff barriers
  • Expediting the movement of goods and the provision of services
  • Strengthening protections for investors (including allowing them to fully own a business without a local partner)
  • Safeguarding intellectual property rights, labor and environmental standards, and dispute settlement procedures
  • Improve the regulatory climate for bilateral trade and investment.