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Exit permit reform comes into force from tomorrow

The end of exit permit for migrant workers covered by the Labor Law will come into power from tomorrow (October 28), as indicated by the Law No. 13 of 2018, that corrected certain arrangements of the Law No. 21 of 2015 controlling the section, exit and residency of expatriates.

The amended law guarantees the right of the expatriate workers that come under the provisions of the Labour Law to leave the country without exit permit while the new law is not applicable on employees of government entities, semi-governmental organisations and also on domestic help.


After amendments in the said law, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) had asked all organizations and employers to plan arrangements of the names of workers who required prior approval of exit permit and to send them electronically to the Ministry through a unique stage set up by the MADLSA, the Ministry of Interior said on its authority Facebook account yesterday. 
The authorities of MADLSA had reported before that organizations could begin transferring the arrangements of such workers on the site of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs which as indicated by the Ministry would be sent to the applicable service - the Ministry of Interior. 

Communicating happiness over the ongoing post of the Ministry of Interior on its Facebook page, numerous social media users termed the move great, and yet, they wondered whether their names would be included in the list of 95 percent workers who could travel outside country without prior exit permit or not.
“How do we know that we are among those who do not need an exit permit? Is it (to be announced or told) by our companies or the Ministry?", commented Ahmed Ashraf.

Another one commented: “A step that demonstrates Qatar’s determination to move ahead with the real and serious development which matches the status of a developed country.”

At the point when the new law was issued by Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in the first week of September this year, it was widely praised by work and different rights associations. 

The officials of MADLSA had earlier affirmed that an employer enjoyed the complete right of determining five percent of their employees who would need exit permit, and the employer did not need any consent or approval by the employees while making lists of those five percent employees who would require exit permit for leaving the country.

To raise awareness, the Ministry of Interior in collaboration with Qatar Chamber also conducted a series of awareness workshops.

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