The renewal of Residence Permits (RP) of expatriates aged 60 or above will soon be stopped, according to a new decision taken by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA).
As a result of this move, those aged 60 will have to leave the country. This came as per the Ministry’s effort to achieve the the target of Qatarisation plan.
Moreover, through this move, doors would be opened for young expatriates who can contribute more to the development plans in line with the Qatar National vision 2030, as reported by the Qatar Tribune.
However, the Ministry is planing to specify the professions and jobs as well as the nationalities that may be exempted from the application of the decision. A legal and administrative framework has been set up so that the contract with expatriates automatically ends when they reach the age of 60.
The Ministry in this regard has give strict instructions to not issue work visas if there are Qatari job seekers. This indicate that if a Qatari job seeker is available to fill the position, the work visa shall not be issued and the citizen will be recruited immediately.
Similarly, if the Qatari job seeker needs training and orientation, the company will be obliged to provide all the necessary training to make him/her suitable to take up the position.
It may be noted that the Ministry has recently begun a review of the database of the foreign workers and their jobs with the aim of preparing statistics on the number of expatriates and the projects on which they work.