• 16 things you need to know about new law kafala changes

    1. New law would be implemented by December 14 2016.
    2. New law will make employment and stay of expatiates entirely contract-based.
    3. Two-year ban on a new work visa will no longer be applicable.
    4. No approval from former employer if he is recruited by a new employer.
    5. Worker who has got a new contract to work in Qatar can come back even on the next day.
    6. Exit permit will not be required for travel it will become invalid with enforcement of new law.
    7. To leave country employee needs to inform his employer before three days and apply through in Metrash 2 system.
    8. All employment contracts of all expatriate workers who are already here will be replaced with new contracts by the end of this year.
    9. Date he has signed the fresh employment contract will be the date from his contract would be counted.
    10. Employment contract has to approve by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
    11. Closed contracts shall not exceed a period of five years.
    12. Employees with Open-ended contracts can move to another employer after spending a minimum of five years with the first employer.
    13. Workers with fixed job contracts can change their work and sign new contracts if they wish so at the end of the contract period without any NOC but approval from the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.
    14. An expat can also move to another sponsor with the approval of MOI and MOLSA if the sponsor is dead or the company no longer exists for any reason.
    15. QR50,000 fine and jail terms of up to three years for recruiters who allow their employees to work for other parties without prior official approval.
    16. QR10,000 to QR25,000 fine for keeping passport of expatriate employee.