Joint Committees Formed to Enforce Law Regulating Entry, Exit of Expatriates

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (ADLSA) held a joint press conference on Thursday to explain Law No.13 of 2018 amending some provisions of Law No.21 of 2015 on the regulation of entry, exit and residence of expatriates.

The press conference was attended by HE Dr Issa bin Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi, Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, and Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed al-Ateeq, Director of the General Directorate of Passports.

The minister clarified that the amended law guarantees the right of the expatriate workers that come under the provisions of the Labor Law to leave the country temporarily or on final exit, without requiring the consent of the employer. He pointed that the employer can specify 5% of his employees who need pre-approval before leaving the country due to the nature of work of such employees.

Concerning the implementation of Law No.13 of 2018, Brigadier Al-Ateeq said that joint committees have been formed between the MoI and ADLSA to find mechanisms to simplify the procedures for implementing the law. He said that the current situation requires more awareness campaigns in partnership with Qatar Chamber to clarify the law.

List of the 5% employees whom the employer specifies as requires prior approval from the employer will be placed in the system of MoI.

Source: Government of Qatar