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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.

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