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No More Exit Permits from Oct 28; Companies Urged to Register the 5%

The Peninsula -- The exit permit reform will come into force from October 28, the Joint Coordination Committee between the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (ADLSA) said in a statement today.

The ministry also urged the employers to register the name of employees who will require prior approval before leaving the country due to their nature of work.

The joint committee “announced that Law No.13 of 2018 will be enforced by amending certain provisions of Law No.21 of 2015 regarding the entry and exit of expatriates and their residency from October 28, 2018.”

The percentage of such workers shall not exceed 5% of the total number of employees. It should be submitted to the ministry through the online platform, which has been launched on the ministry's website www.adlsa.gov.qa.

The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani had issued last month Law No.13 of 2018, amending certain provisions of Law No.21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates. The law had amended Article No.7 of Law No.21 of 2015.

The amendment stipulates that the expatriates under the Labor Law have the right to leave the country temporarily or permanently without exit permit as long as the employment contract is valid.

The law stipulates that employers have the right to submit a list of employees who require prior permission to leave the country to ADLSA. The request must indicate clearly the reasons, and the list must not exceed 5% of the company’s employees to take approval before leaving the country as per the nature of their works.

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