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Fine up to QR10,000 for not completing residence permit procedures

The employer has an obligation to ensure that visa procedures of expatriates are completed within 30 days of their entry to Qatar.

Ministry of Interior (MOI) in a social media post reminded the employer and the expatriate of their responsibility in completing the residence or visit permit procedures.

Failing which could expose them to penalties from the judiciary, including a fine that may reach up to QR 10,000. 

"Based on the provisions of Article (10) of Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit, and residence of expatriates (Paragraph 1), the employer must facilitate the expatriate to contact the competent authorities within 30 days from the date of entry into the country to complete the procedures for obtaining a residence or visit permit," stated the MOI. It further added that the expatriate is not allowed to refuse to complete these procedures. 

MOI further stated it is acceptable to reconcile, as is stipulated in Article (42), with the accused in this violation by paying an amount of QR10 for each day of delay, with a maximum of QR6,000, in accordance with the reconcilation amount specified by the law.

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