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Qatar lifts Exit Permit requirement for most expatriates

Most expatriates in Qatar under the labour law will no longer have to obtain exit permits in order to leave the country temporarily or for good within the duration of the work contract. In a widely-welcomed move, Qatar has amended its residency laws to allow expatriates to leave the country without exit permits from their employers. The Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued on Tuesday the Law No. 13 of 2018, amending certain provisions of the Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates, The Peninsula reported. Law No. 13 of 2018, amends provisions of Law No. 21 of 2015 and Law No. 1 of 2017, which regulate the entry and exit of expatriates. Under the new law, most expatriates would be able to leave the country without having to obtain permits from their employers under the law. Who needs exit permit…

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Guide: How expats in Qatar can calculate end of service gratuity

Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs recently launched a new online service on its official website for expatriate employees. This new service allows individuals to calculate their end of service gratuity according to the number of working years he spent at the company. Expatriates have to enter data in accordance with the contract signed between him and the employer. Although the service is available only in Arabic, non-Arabic speakers can also easily calculate ESB by following these steps: STEP 1 : Click on this link to open the webpage. You will see this page: STEP 2: In the first field, enter your Date of Joining (as per your contract)   STEP 3: In the second field, enter your Last Working Date STEP 4: In the third field, enter your Basic Monthly Salary (as per your contract)  STEP 5: In the fourth field, enter the Gratuity Days accrued for each year (for example 21 days for one…

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Qatar Ministry relaxes two conditions for expatriate job change

Changing jobs would be easier for expatriates in Qatar as the Ministry of Labour has reportedly removed some conditions for job change. According to a report on Gulf Times, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) has amended some conditions, making the process simpler and widening the scope of potential beneficiaries. Previously listed terms like same nationality, gender and profession are no more seen on the Ministry’s website link where an expatriate worker needs to apply for a job change, Arabic daily Al Sharq has reported. Nationality, gender restrictions removed According to earlier rules, expatriates seeking to change jobs in Qatar could be recruited by only those companies that have the visa for the same nationality, gender and profession as that of the candidate. Age restriction removed The special clause that said expatriates above 60 years are not eligible is also not there on the revised link. Earlier,…

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Qatar expatriates can now leave permanently before contract expiry

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani issued Law No 1 of 2017 on Wednesday, amending some provisions of the Law No 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit, and residence of expatriates. The law is effective on the day following the date of its publication in the official gazette, Qatar News Agency said. Right to exit the country for vacation According to the amendment, an expatriate worker shall have the right to exit the country for vacation, in case of any urgent circumstance, or any other purpose after informing the recruiter, according to the employment contract. Right to leave country permanently Also, the foreign worker shall have the right to leave the country permanently before the expiry of the employment contract after informing the recruiter, according to the employment contract. Right to petition in case of objection In case of any objection on the exit or departure of the expatriate worker…

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Job change in Qatar possible only if ‘exact visa’ is available

Expatriates seeking to change jobs in Qatar can be recruited by only those companies that have the visa for the same nationality, gender and profession as that of the candidate, Gulf Times has reported. According to Law No. 21 of 2015 on the Entry, Exit and Residency of Foreign Nationals that came into force on December 13, 2016, migrant workers who have completed the stipulated tenure with their current employers are eligible for change of jobs. Proper vacancy is needed But according to clarifications issued by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA), the change can be effected only if a proper vacancy is available. For example, a “Indian male accountant” who wants to leave his current employer and join another firm can be hired only by a company that has the approval for employing a “Indian male accountant”. These and other conditions and regulations for changing employers…

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Qatar Ministry to stop RP renewal for expats above 60: Report

Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA) will soon implement the decision to stop renewal of Residence Permits (RP) for expatriates aged 60 or above, Qatar Tribune has reported citing a sources at the ministry. Applicable to both government and private sectors Arabic newspaper Al-Watan reported that the Labour Ministry is in the process of implementing the decision in both government and private sectors. The ministry is also expected to specify the professions and jobs as well as the nationalities that may be exempted from the application of the decision. A legal and administrative framework has been set up so that the contract with expatriates automatically ends when they reach the age of sixty, meaning, they have to leave the country after collecting all their dues within the period specified in the Law on Entry, Exit, and Residency of Foreign Nationals. Aimed at achieving Qatarisation targets According to the…

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Historic day for Qatar as new residency law comes into force

Qatar is entering a new era as Law No. 21 of 2015, the new law that abolishes the Kafala (sponsorship) system comes into force on Tuesday 13 December 2016. The law which was approved by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in October 2015, guarantees greater flexibility, freedom and protection to Qatar’s more than 2.1 million expatriate workforce. The eagerly-awaited law introduces new provisions regulating the entry, exit and residency requirements for all workers in the country. Qatar grateful to expatriates Discussing the announcement at a press conference on Monday, HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs Dr Issa bin Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi said: “The State of Qatar is enormously grateful to the millions of workers who have come to Qatar to build our nation’s infrastructure during this period of rapid change. “The new law is the latest step towards improving and protecting the…

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Guide : How expatriates can change jobs under Qatar’s new residency law

Stuck in a job that isn’t you? Ready for a career change, but have no idea what else you could do – or where to start? Here is some good news for you. Once Qatar’s new sponsorship law comes into force on 13 December 2016, the automatic two-year ban will be removed and foreign workers will have new options to change jobs. Here is a guide explaining various options available to expatriate workers planning to switch jobs after 13 December. Introduction Law No 21 of 2015 that deals with the entry, exit, and residency of expatriates abolishes Qatar’s existing Kafala (sponsorship) system, replacing it with a modernised, contract-based system. Expatriates will no longer need exit permits to leave Qatar. However, the expatriate or the employer must inform the authorities concerned three days prior to departing the country. Important points to note The new law does not require employees to sign new…

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Qatar’s new residency law will give 30 days to start RP process

With the implementation of Qatar’s new residency law, newly arrived expatriates will have a period of 30 days to start the process of regularising their residency in the country. Under the previous law the period was set at seven days. Law No 21 for 2015 on the entry, exit, and residency of expatriates will come into force next month. According to Gulf Times, Brigadier Abdulla Jabir Al-Libdah, Director of the Search and Follow up Department (SFD) at the Ministry of Interior (MoI), explained these in an interview with Arrayah. Change of jobs before end of contract The new law makes it possible for an expatriate worker to transfer to another employer before the end of the work contract, subject to approval from the original employer, the departments concerned and the Ministry of Administrative Development and Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA). Change of jobs after contract period or 5 years Besides, expatriate workers may…

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Updated : Qatar Emir issues new law regulating public sector jobs

Qatari citizens are to be given priority in appointments for government and public jobs, a new law issued by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani stipulates. After citizens, priority is to be given to children of Qatari women married to non-Qataris, non-Qatari spouses of Qatari citizens, nationals of other GCC countries, Arab expatriates and other nationalities, in that order, according to the new legislation. In all cases, the appointment of non-Qatari employees will be made only through employment contracts, Gulf Times & Qatar Tribune has reported. Law No 15 for 2016 on Civil Human Resources is applicable to civilian employees at government ministries and departments and other public sector entities. Categories exempted Categories exempted from the provisions of the law include judges, assistant judges, members of the Public Prosecution and their assistants, employees of the Emiri Diwan, employees of the diplomatic and consulate corps, university teaching staff, Qatar Petroleum employees,…

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