Qatar’s new law lifts a two-year ban on expats’ re-entry

When Law No. 21 of 2015 that regulates the entry, exit and residency of expatriates in Qatar comes into force towards the end of next year, the current two-year ban on expatriates who want to come back to the country on a new work visa will no longer be applicable.

A foreign worker who has got a new contract to work in Qatar can come back even the next day, provided he has met the other requirements like visa, Gulf Times has reported quoting a top official of the Ministry of Interior.

No approval required from previous sponsor

Brigadier Mohamed Ahmed al-Atiq, assistant-director general of the Department of Border, Passport and Expatriates Affairs, pointed out that the two-year ban on return of an expatriate worker was directly linked to the sponsorship (kafala) system.

Since the new law abolishes kafala, a person who had previously worked in Qatar would not have to seek the approval of his former sponsor if he is recruited by a new employer, he said.

Brigadier al-Atiq said expatriates are deported only on the basis of a court order and this had no connection with the issue of a two-year ban even in the old law, according to reports in the local Arabic media.

Four year ban if fired as punitive measure

According to Article 26 of the new law, if a foreign worker is fired as a punitive measure and he did not appeal his dismissal or his plea was rejected by a court, he shall not be permitted to come back to Qatar before the passage of four years.

Also, an expatriate worker repatriated upon a court verdict cannot come back unless he got the approval of the Minister of Interior.

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    Hello sir. I’m arif from bangladesh.. actually i work in qatar a frame house since 2017 to 16-6-2018. My Qatari id card is cancelled. & I’m have now in Bangladesh.. sir now can i will reentry in qatar in new visa.. please u just tell me what kinds of rules have now in qatar levour law..

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    Hello sir. I’m arif from bangladesh.. actually i work in qatar a frame house since 2017 to 16-6-2018. My Qatari id card is cancelled. & I’m have now in Bangladesh.. sir now can i will reentry in qatar in new visa.. please u just tell me what kinds of rules have now in qatar levour law..

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