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Qatar
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…

Oman
Oman plans to remove NOC requirement for expatriates

In a move that would bring joy to thousands of expatriates, Oman is planning to remove the requirement for sponsor’s No Objection Certificate (NOC) to change jobs, Times of Oman has reported citing a senior official from the Ministry of Manpower. “We will remove the NOC option. It will be removed. The plan is being considered seriously,” Said bin Nasser Al Saadi, the advisor to the Minister for Manpower, told Times of Oman in an exclusive interview. Currently, expatriate employees who wish to quit a job in Oman and return to join a new company have to procure a No Objection Certificate from their employer. Without an NOC, the law prevents the expatriate from returning to Oman for two years. Recent moves by the neighbouring countries to remove red tape and allow expatriate workers to freely enter and leave for work have prompted the plan to scrap the certificate. “We are…

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Qatar to ease work visa rules for private companies

Qatar government will ease the procedures for work visas to enable private companies to meet the requirements of the job market, H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Interior Minister said yesterday. These measures will follow the recent announcements about simplifying tourist and transit visa rules and procedures, the Prime Minister said, while addressing a meeting with chairmen of companies listed in the Qatari stock market. He said there was a committee revising the procedures and charged with facilitating the private sector’s ability to participate in all of the country’s economic activities, highlighting changes to the visa and transit visas as an example of these efforts. There will also be a facilitation in the process of obtaining a work visa to allow the private sector to obtain its needs from the job market, said the Prime Minister. Currently, many companies find that getting approvals to hire…

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Termination without notice: Doha court orders QR86,785 compensation

Qatar’s Administrative Court of Appeal has ordered a company to pay one of its former employees a sum of QR86,785, in addition to a return air ticket to his home country. The expatriate employee filed the case when his company suspended him and then fired him without due warning after 12 years of service. Local Arabic daily Arrayah reported that the court also ordered the company to return to the employee his original degree certificates and issue him an experience certificate, besides the company shall pay all the incurred legal expenses of the case. The employee’s lawyer requested that the court order the company to pay him his dues, which include two months’ salary being the legal period for termination notice and salary for 17 days during which he was suspended from work. The petitioner also claimed value of a return travel air ticket, compensation for firing him without due reason, and the monetary…

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Qatar MoI clarifies requirements for family visa

Qatar’s Ministry of Interior (MoI) has listed out the eligibility requirements for expatriates to obtain family visa. Sharing information about the documents required for applying for a family visa in Qatar on their website, the MoI on Sunday said: “Law No. 4/2009 that regulates the exit, entry and residence of expatriates in the country, permits foreign workers to bring in their families on residence visas, provided that they meet the following requirements and conditions”. The first requirement is that the applicant shall have a valid residence permit in the country. Salary requirements Private sector employees should have technical or specialised (non-labour) professions and a minimum salary of QR 10,000 to be eligible for family visa. Those who have a minimum salary of QR 7000 can also apply provided they are given free family accommodation by their employer. Other requirements The applicant has to produce the marriage certificate attested by the…

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Qatar’s new residency law from mid-December : MoI official

The new law regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates in Qatar will come into effect in mid-December, a Ministry of Interior (MoI) official has said. According to Gulf Times, Captain Abdulla Khalifa Al-Muhannadi from the MoI’s General Directorate of Border Passports and Expatriates Affairs said the ministry would hold a press conference before the enforcement of the law to announce the executive regulations of the legislation and explain its various articles. Captain Al-Muhannadi was addressing the Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue (Dicid)’s sixth roundtable for expatriate communities. He stressed that the new law abolishes the sponsorship system and replaces it with the job contract system in regulating the relationship between an expatriate worker and an employer, making penalties stricter for violations by employers. No more two-year ban Among other changes, the new law abolishes the current two-year ban on expatriates who want to come back to the…

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Committee for exit permit disputes get Qatar cabinet’s approval

As part of preparations to enforce the new law regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates, Qatar State Cabinet yesterday approved a draft decision by the Minister of Interior to form a standing committee to decide on grievances related to expatriates’ exit. The new sponsorship law No. 21 of 2015, which is to be enforced later this year, has done away with the exit permit system and proposed setting up of a special committee to look into complaints related to exit of expatriate workers. The ministry’s draft decision requires that the proposed standing committee be formed with a representative of the Minister of Interior as chairman and two members from other authorities concerned, QNA reported yesterday. How the new exit system works The ministry had earlier explained that under the new law, an expatriate worker does not need an approval from the sponsor/employer to leave the country. He only…

Qatar
Qatar’s new law lifts 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…

Qatar
Under new law, exit permit will no more be required, says official

The new law regulating entry, exit and residency of expatriates in Qatar has transformed the Kafala (sponsorship) system in the country into one controlled by employment contracts, a senior official of the Ministry of Interior has said. Addressing a press conference, Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed Al Atiq, Assistant Director General of the Department of Border, Passport and Expatriates Affairs at the ministry said that the new law has done away with exit permits that were an integral part of the Kafala system. “Exit permit will no more be required for travel since it was part of the Kafala system, which will become invalid with enforcement of this law,” said Al Atiq. To leave the country an employee needs to apply to the departments concerned at the Ministry of Interior through Metrash 2 system and inform his employer three days in advance. “No one will prevent an expatriate worker from leaving the…

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Qatar introduces uniform job contracts for private companies

Qatar’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs is distributing CDs containing uniform job contract format for private companies. This is done on an experimental basis to see the merits and demerits of electronic employment contract system which is likely to be introduced by the Labour Ministry in 2016. Companies are supposed to fill up the employment contract form handed to them in CDs and return them to the Ministry. A company representative can later visit the Ministry and pay the required fees, reports Al Sharq. New system not mandatory for all companies The online employer-employee contract system will not be mandatory and only those companies will be part of the new system that volunteer to participate. Only those companies that have volunteered are taking part in the experimental CD system. The Ministry is also making an extensive database of private companies and the online contract system aims at making contract-signing a transparent system. Protecting…

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