Earlier this month, the Joint Coordination Committee between the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA), has announced that “Law No. 13 of 2018” regulating the entry, exit, and residency of expatriates will be enforced on October 28th, 2018.

His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, had issued this law last month as an amendment of “Law No. 21 of 2015”. The amendment stipulates that the expatriates under the labour law have the right to leave the country temporarily or permanently without an exit permit while their work contract is valid.

Who would still require prior approval for exit permit?

The key feature to note about the new law is that the employer still has the right to enlist the names of employees whose nature of work requires them to obtain pre-approval before leaving the country, on the condition that the number of such workers does not exceed 5% of the total number of employees.

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) has affirmed that the employer has the complete right to determine the five percent of their employees who will need an exit permit. We expect that this will be able to be completed by submitting the names and ID numbers of those individuals on the MADLSA website. However, this is to be confirmed upon implementation.

Please also note, in the case of large companies with multiple subsidiaries, officials have stated that they will account five percent from each and every separate Commercial Registration.

Whilst a number of details are yet to be confirmed, as always, we at Fusion Middle East will keep you informed as soon as we have a further update.

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