EMIR ISSUES LAW ON RESIDENCY
HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law Number 21 of 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residency.
Expatriate workers with limited-duration employment contracts, can change the employer at the end of their contract period provided they have approval from their existing employer, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Before the end of a job contract, an expatriate worker can take up another job if he has approval from his present employer and both ministries. If the job contract is open-ended, a worker can change his job after five years with approval from his current employer and both ministries. An expatriate worker can leave Qatar either getting approval from his employer or from the authorities concerned. In emergency cases, the Grievance Committee, based on an expatriate's request to leave Qatar, must take a decision within three working days. Residency permits of expatriates must be renewed within 90 days of expiry. The employer cannot keep his worker's passport or travel document except with written permission from him (the worker). Within 30 days of arrival of an expatriate here, his RP should be processed. The law is to be implemented one year after the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.