MoI, MADLSA Announce New Measures on Work and Residence Permits
09 October 2019

MoI, MADLSA Announce New Measures on Work and Residence Permits

Doha, October 09 (QNA) - The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) have announced a number of measures to be implemented soon. The measures include allowing the sons of residents to work in various fields of work in the private sector without a requirement to change their sponsorship. They also include granting new visa for temporary work in some professions and jobs, and reducing the fees of MoI's services, which are delivered electronically by 20% of the value of fees set for the service. These measures were announced at a press conference attended by Director General of the Department of Passports Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed Al Ateeq, Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs of the MADLSA Mohammed Hassan Al Obaidli, and Assistant Director of Legal Affairs at MoI Lt. Col. Ahmed Abdullah Al Harami. Brigadier Al Ateeq said that these measures were based on the State of Qatar's intention regarding the utilization of the work capacities of the sons of expatriate residents in the country, adding that several proposals were studied in coordination with the relevant authorities regarding the employment of the work capacities of the sons of residents to in various fields of work in the private sector without being obliged to transfer their residence to those bodies. He added that work is underway to develop a legislative tool for this proposal through the amendment of the provision of Article No. 17 of Law No. 21 of 2015 so that this amendment allows all members of the expatriate family to work with any employer in the private sector without being obliged to transfer their residence, adding a present text, only daughters of residents are allowed to work without a requirement to change the sponsorship. On the introduction of a new temporary work visa in certain professions and jobs, Al Ateeq said that this visa will be granted to private companies, commercial establishments and other licensed work entities in the State to allow them undertake some emergency, temporary or seasonal work which its nature requires temporary completion or its completion needs a specific period of time or during a particular season. Regarding the proposal to reduce fees for services rendered and completed electronically, the Director General of the Department of Passports said that this comes within the framework of the implementation of the Ministry of Interior's policy of facilitating procedures and providing services to beneficiaries in the best way possible in order to achieve its goal "ministry without paper" through the development of electronic systems and high quality and accurate automated programs such as the e-government system, the MoI's website, and Metrash 2 system for submitting and completing applications through these systems and programs to obtain the required services with minimal effort and less time. During the press conference, Director General of Passports announced the proposal to introduce a new temporary work visa system for some professions and jobs in order to accommodate the need of the labor market and create a suitable environment for domestic and foreign investment. He added that this proposal also aims to encourage the beneficiaries of the MoI services to increase their use of these systems and programs without the need to go to service centers, adding a proposal to reduce fees for electronic services was studied and 20% reduction for all online services was done and work is underway to develop a legislative tool for this proposal, he added. For his part, Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs of the MADLSA Mohammed Hassan Al Obaidli pointed out that there are a number of advantages in the proposal to allow the sons of residents to work in the private sector without having to transfer their residency, which will reflect positively on the labor market and on all categories of the Qatari society both citizens and residents, and meet Qatar's national vision and development strategies. He pointed out that these benefits include reducing the recruitment of work force surpluses in the labor market, reducing the cost of recruitment and housing for the employer, as well as benefiting from these categories who are familiar with the customs and traditions of the Qatari society, in addition to the possibility of utilizing their qualifications and competencies to work temporarily or permanently under internal employment contracts in private companies. This will also help to eliminate leisure time for this category, which is often exploited in unhelpful aspects, he added. Al Obaidli said among conditions for allowing family members to work in accordance with the current proposal will be a written approval by the head of the family and obtaining a work permit from the competent authority at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs after paying the required fees. With regard to the issuance of temporary work visas to accommodate the need of the labor market in some professions and temporary jobs and facilitate and diversify recruitment for employers and companies, the Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs of the MADLSA explained that the proposal has been studied with a view to creating a suitable environment for domestic and foreign investment; and there was also coordination between the concerned authorities in the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs and the relevant authorities, upon which it was agreed to put in place guidelines, conditions and requirements of this visa, and determine the duration and fees. Al Obaidli said that the issuance of the proposed visa will only be considered by the competent authorities when the competent department at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs confirms the existence of a (temporary) employment contract between the worker and the employer in accordance with what is needed in such cases, and in line with the provisions of the Labor Law No. 14 of the year 2004 and its amendments and the resolutions implementing it. He pointed out that the contract will be reviewed and approved in a manner that does not contravene an offer of work submitted to the worker, as well as passing the necessary medical examination through the Qatar visa centers abroad, noting that in case of the absence of those centers in the country of the worker, the worker is required to take these procedures immediately upon entering the country, in the same way as other categories of expatriate labor do according to the applicable procedures in this regard. In turn, Assistant Director of Legal Affairs at MoI Lt. Col. Ahmed Abdullah Al Harami asserted that these proposals have been studied and completed and work is underway to develop a legal tool and legislative procedures to finalize it and then complete the procedures for their application. (QNA)