Sponsorship Draft Law specifies rules on job change

Expatriates can take up a new job either after completing the contract with the current employer or in case of open contracts after serving the recruiter for five years, says a draft law regulating the entrance, exit and residency of expatriates in Qatar.

The Advisory Council reviewed the draft law comprising 50 articles distributed among 10 chapters, according to local Arabic daily Arrayah.

For changing a job, the expatriate worker has to secure the prior approval of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

“In all cases the rights of the employer who recruited the worker and the provisions of the work contract between the employer and the worker should not be undermined.”

One of the articles of the draft law provides for the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs to approve the temporary transfer of expatriate workers to another employer in case there is a litigation going on between the worker and his recruiter.

Those who do not fall under the labour law, can be transferred to another employer in case the recruiter has been proven to have abused his rights or if public interest dictates so. Domestic workers are not covered by the labour law.

Four year ban for violators

Workers who are terminated for violating any clause of the labour law or any other law and are unable to win an appeal against their dismissal, will be allowed to come back to Qatar for work only after four years from the date of their departure.

Residence permit for investors

The Minister could issue residency permits for some categories of expatriates such as investors, owners of real estate and residential units and their dependents, and any other category specified through a decision of the Cabinet.

The duration of residency for such categories shall be five years and renewable for similar periods. Foreigners who come under such categories can enter and exit the country without the need for permits or visas throughout the period of validity of their residency in Qatar.

Special categories

Captains of ships and aircraft as well as vehicle drivers should submit a list of their crew to the department concerned as soon as they arrived in the country. Similarly, managers of hotels and tourism facilities should provide information about the persons, who are allowed to enter the country through them.

The law stipulates that foreigners cannot enter the country without a proper visa and work visas can be granted only on the basis of an employment contract with a recruiter.

The draft law specifies the persons responsible for the residency of expatriates in the country as: employers, heads of families, hosts in case of visitors, and the official departments concerned for those who come for other purposes. The law also details the conditions for the recruiter.

Source: Gulf Times

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