Allowing sons of expats to work without change in sponsorship proposed

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The Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) yesterday announced three proposals to be implemented soon. 

The proposals include permission for sons of expatriates to work without changing their family sponsorship, temporary work visas up-to 6 months and 20 percent reduction in the fees for MoI online services.

“The proposal to allow sons of expatriate residents to work in private sector without changing their sponsorship was studied and decided to take legislative measures and waiting its approval,” said Director General of Passports Major General Mohammad Ahmed Al Ateeq.

This statement came during a press conference held at Civil Defence Club on proposed changes in some laws regulating expatriate workers and labour market. 

As per the current system, only daughters are allowed to work without changing sponsorship. As per the new proposal, all members of the family will be allowed to work without changing their family sponsorship but after obtaining necessary approval.

The press conference was attended by Assistant Under-secretary for Labour Affairs at MADLSA, Mohammed Hasan Al Obaidly, and Assistant Director of Legal Affairs Department, Lieutenant Col Ahmed Abdullah Al Haremi. 

Regarding the 20 percent reduction in the fees for MoI online services, Al Ateeq said that it came within the framework of the MoI policy to achieve its vision as a paperless ministry through the use of electronic systems and the submission of applications through it.

Based on the directives of Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, the proposal came to encourage and urge companies and individual to use electronic transactions.

Al Ateeq has also announced a proposal to introduce a new temporary work visa system for some professions and jobs in order to accommodate the need of the labour market and create a suitable environment for domestic and foreign investment.

These visas will be granted to private companies, commercial establishments and other licensed entities in the country to perform some emergency, temporary or seasonal work that requires the workforce for a specific period.

As per the proposal, these visas will be issued by MoI Qatar after the approval by the MADLSA while all required procedures are carried out through Qatar Visa Centres abroad or soon they arrive in the country.

Temporary work visa valid for one month will be charged QR300 and for two months QR500. Visas valid from three to six months will be charged QR200 each month.


Al Obaidly said that the new proposal will bring positive results in labour market and benefit Qatari citizens and residents alike to take advantage of this untapped workforce.

He pointed out that the new proposal aims to benefit from the existing labour rather than bring new workers.

It also will reduce recruitment of marginal labour surplus than required by the labour market, reduce the costs of recruitment and housing expenses for the employer, achieving the desired benefit from the their familiarity with the customs and traditions of the Qatari society.

Commenting on the proposal related to allowing sons of expatriates to work without changing their family sponsorship, Al Obaidly explained that instead of companies bringing new workers and bearing costs of tickets, they can benefit from the existing labor in the country. 

Also, it will help these families to find additional income. Lt. Col. Ahmed Abdullah Al Haremi, Assistant Director of Legal Affairs, said that the proposals that have been studied need amendments in related legislative tools governing these categories. “Work is underway to prepare and amend the legislation and submit it to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to complete its legislative procedures.”