Report: Changes to Qatar’s kafala law to take effect Dec. 14, 2016

New legislation that is expected to make it easier for expats to change jobs in Qatar has been entered into the official gazette this month and is expected to be implemented in one year’s time, Al Sharq reports.

Citing Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs officials, the newspaper added that the law would not be applicable to contracts signed before its implementation.

Law No. 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit and residency of expatriates will come into force on Dec. 14, 2016, a year and three months after it first met the Emir’s approval.

The legislation updates the existing Law No. 4 of 2009 Regarding Regulation of the Expatriates’ Entry, Departure, Residence and Sponsorship.


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