9 Things to know before working in Qatar

1 – It’s impossible to get a residence permit for Qatar without an employment contract and a local employer to act as a sponsor.

2 – Employees may work only for their sponsor. There is nothing called  ‘Free Visa’ and it is a punishable offence to work under someone who is not your sponsor.

3 – After two years with the sponsoring company, it is possible to change sponsors if granted a no-objection certificate (NOC).

4 – In order to bring your families on a family visa, you need a minimum of QR 10,000 as a monthly salary. Otherwise, there are options for short term visit visas.

5 – Residents (except the spouse or children) always require an exit visa (exit permit) to leave Qatar.

6 – All residents must present proof of their residence or visa in Qatar when required by authorities, and not presenting this may result in a fine of QR10,000. This is to ensure there are no illegal workers.

7 – Employees have the right to keep their passport with themselves. Employers are not permitted to hold employee passports, except for visa and immigration processing.

8 – Your salary earned is tax-free and there are no regulations on how much of it you can send home. However, you are accountable to show the source of funds when sending big amounts.

9 – Qatar has clear labour rules that strive to protect the rights and welfare of employees as well as the interests of employers. If you have any complaints you can report them to the authorities and action would be taken.

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