How to Change Job in Qatar Without NOC (2024)

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Stuck in a job that isn’t you? Ready for a career change but have no idea what else you could do – or where to start? Here is some good news for you.

According to the updated labour law announced in 2020, all workers in the State of Qatar, whether on fixed-term contracts or open-ended contracts, can change jobs without having to obtain NOC anytime during their contract period.

This article explains the procedure by which expatriate workers can change jobs in Qatar without the need for NOC from their current employer.

Recent History of Qatar’s Labour Reforms

Law No 21 of 2015, which deals with expatriates’ entry, exit, and residency, abolished Qatar’s existing Kafala (sponsorship) system, replacing it with a modernised, contract-based system. After Qatar’s new sponsorship law came into force in December 2016, the automatic two-year ban was removed.

In September 2020 Qatar Government announced that an NOC would not be required for employer change, subject to certain conditions. The new law has been published in the official Gazette.

In recent years Qatar’s Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) launched a series of laws and policies aimed at workers’ well-being, improved conditions, and greater labour mobility. Qatar’s Ministry of Labour (MoL) is now carrying forward the reforms initiated by MADLSA.

New Procedure to Change Job in Qatar

The latest steps to change jobs in Qatar, as explained by the Ministry of Labour (in July 2022), are as follows:

Step 1: The worker applies through the Ministry of Labour e-system

a) The worker wishing for a transfer of sponsorship must download and print the Change Employer Form from the Ministry of Labour (MoL) website.

Qatar Change Employer Form
Change of Employer Form (Updated 2023)

b) After printing, fill in the “Change of Employer” form with all requested information, and sign the form. The form must also be signed and stamped by the new employer. The new employer’s signature is enough if the worker is changing jobs to work in a private household. Take a picture or scan the filled form.

c) Log in to the Ministry’s electronic portal using the worker’s Qatar ID (QID) number and mobile number, and upload a copy of the signed form. The mobile phone number you use to log in must be linked to your QID. Once you have entered the system, upload the completed and signed form.

NOTE: The date on which you submit the “Change of Employer” form will be the start date of your notice period with your current employer.

  • For specialized professions, you should attach a certified copy of the educational qualification and a license of practice from the concerned authorities in the country.
  • A health insurance certificate is required if the worker is over 60 years old.

Step 2: Employer Change (EC) number is generated

After submitting the application, an Employer Change (EC) number will appear on the screen. This number confirms that the application has been successfully submitted.

Make a note of the EC number (write it down, take a screenshot, or take a photo). You can use this number in the future to check the status of the application.

Step 3: The Ministry will process the application

The competent department at the Ministry of Labour will process the application. The Ministry may reject an application if the form is not completed correctly or if the new employer does not meet the eligibility to hire new workers. In case the application is incomplete, further information will be requested.

The worker can check the status of his application on the MoL website using his QID and EC number.

Step 4: The worker and employers receive an SMS from the Ministry

After processing the application, text messages (SMS) will be sent from the Ministry to the worker, the old employer and the new employer.

The SMS will also include the notice period to be completed.

  • If the worker has worked with the employer for two years or less, the notice period is one month.
  • The notice period is two months if the worker has worked with the employer for more than two years.

During the notice period, the worker must continue working with his current employer unless he and his employer have mutually agreed to shorten it.

Step 5: New employer initiates electronic contract

Upon completion of the notice period, the new employer will prepare the multilingual employment contract using MoL’s Digital Authentication System.

This process must be completed within three months from the end of the worker’s notice period. Once all the information is filled out, the new employer will print the employment contract for the worker and the employer to sign. The worker can sign the contract if he/she agrees to its provisions.

  • Upon signing the contract, the new employer will upload it to the Ministry’s website for authentication.
  • After the employment contract is finalized, the new employer must provide a copy to the employee.

Step 6: Request for new QID

When the contract is authenticated, the new employer should submit a request for a new QID to the Ministry of Interior through Metrash2 or the Ministry of Interior website.

Step 7: Worker starts his/her new job

Once the worker receives a new QID, he/she can start the new job.

Change Job in Qatar

NOTE: Both workers and employers can download a copy of the employment contract at any time through the MoL portal.

The steps above apply to private-sector workers covered by Labour Law No. 14 of 2004, agricultural and grazing workers, domestic workers and fishermen.


Steps For Terminating Employment and Leaving Qatar

  • Download, the Leave Country Form from the Ministry of Labour website.
  • Fill it up and sign
Qatar Leave Country Form
Qatar Leave Country Form (Updated 2023)

The application will be processed by the competent department at the Ministry of Labour, and a confirmation will be sent by text message within a week of the date of the submission of the application, confirming the required notice period.


Notice Period

If the worker has worked with the employer for two years or less, the notice period is one month. The notice period is two months if the worker has worked with the employer for more than two years.

Employee’s Service PeriodRequired Notice Period
Two years or lessOne month
More than two yearsTwo months
The notice period for employees changing jobs in Qatar

The employer should continue to pay the wage and other benefits to the worker during the notice period, per the employment contract. The employer must also continue to provide food and accommodation (or the relevant allowances) until the termination date.

What happens if a worker does not honour the notice period?

If a worker terminates his/her contract without observing the notice period, he/she must pay the employer compensation equivalent to his/her basic wage for the notice period or the remaining part of the notice period (if partially completed). This is calculated as an amount equivalent to the basic wage for the remaining part of the notice period.

For example: If the worker’s basic wage is QAR 2,000 per month and the worker stops working two weeks before the end of a one-month notice period, he/she will have to pay his/her employer QAR 1,000 to terminate the contract legally.

NOTE: If the worker leaves Qatar without giving a notification or completing the notice period during the probation period, the worker will not be able to return to work in Qatar for one year.

Can I agree with my current employer not to fulfil my notice period?

You and your current employer can agree not to fulfil the notice period. If this is the case, you can attach a letter signed by you and your current employer.

Signed letters should explicitly state that you and your current employer have agreed not to observe the notice period stipulated by law. When determining the notice period, MoL will consider the mutual agreement.


Termination During Sponsorship Change

Can my current employer cancel my QID after I submit my application to change jobs?

The current employer cannot cancel your QID or file a false absconding case against you once you have submitted your electronic notification through MoL’s electronic notification system.

What can I do if my employer cancels my QID before I submit my application?

If your current employer cancels your QID before submitting your application, you must first submit a complaint through the MoL’s Unified Platform for Complaints and Whistleblowers or by visiting its office.

  • Following the Ministry’s review of your complaint, you will need to submit a signed letter in Arabic to the Head of the Labour Relations Department requesting the reactivation of your QID.
  • You should include a brief explanation in your letter as to why you requested your QID’s reactivation. Be sure to include your QID and mobile phone number in the letter.
  • You should also submit a copy of your QID, the SMS notifying you of the cancellation of your QID, and a copy of the new job offer along with the signed letter.
  • Keep a copy of these documents for your records.
  • To reactivate your QID, MoL will coordinate with the Ministry of Interior. Your QID status can be checked through Metrash.
  • You can apply to change jobs using MoL’s electronic notification system once your QID has been reactivated.

Can I cancel my application to change jobs?

You can cancel your job change application if it is still under review through MoL’s electronic notification system. You can access MoL’s electronic notification system by entering your QID and mobile numbers.

If you wish to cancel your application to change jobs after receiving approval from the Ministry but before your new employment contract has been authenticated, you must submit a written request to MoL.

To cancel your application, you must submit a signed letter in Arabic addressed to the Head of the Labour Relations Department. You should include a brief explanation of why you are cancelling your application, your EC number, a copy of your QID, and your mobile number in the letter.


Probation Period

The employment contract may contain a clause that the worker shall be subject to a probation period agreed upon by both parties. The probation period should not exceed six months from the date of joining, and the worker should not be subject to more than one probationary period with the same employer.

Employer Change During Probation

A worker may terminate the employment contract within the probation period, provided the worker complies with the following:

  • The worker must notify the current employer at least one month before leaving the job through MoL’s electronic system.
  • The worker’s new employer must compensate the current employer a portion of the recruitment fees and a one-way air ticket at the level agreed to by the current and new employers (not exceeding two months of the current basic wage). The compensation amount should be discussed between the new and old employer.

Termination During Probation

An employer may terminate a worker’s employment contract during the probation period if the employer finds out that the worker is unfit to carry out his/her duties. The employer must notify the worker at least one month before the termination through MoL’s electronic system.

Upon termination of the employment contract, if the worker returns to his/her country, the employer must cover the expenses of the return plane ticket.


End of Service Benefits

If the worker completed at least one year of employment and the contract was not terminated for committing any of the violations described in Article 61 of the Labour Law, the employer must still pay the worker his/her end-of-service benefits, accrued annual leave not taken and any other benefits stipulated by Labour Law No. 14 of 2004 and the signed employment contract.

End of Service Gratuity Calculator in English

If the employer terminates the contract without observing the notice period, he/she must pay the worker compensation equivalent to the worker’s basic wage for the notice period or the remaining duration of the notice period.

Workers Entitlement During Changing Job

Non-Compete Clause in Labour Contract

Employers can only include a non-compete clause in the employment contract if the nature of the employee’s work puts him/her in a position to know the employer’s clients or the business’s secrets.

This means that after the contract termination, the employee cannot compete with the employer or participate in any competing business in the same economic sector. The duration of the non-compete clause cannot exceed one year from the date of leaving employment.

MoL has assured to issue a regulation to clarify further the provisions related to the non-compete clauses.

Non-compete Clause in Employment Contract

Cost of Return Flight Ticket

The employer must complete the worker’s repatriation procedures, including bearing the cost of a return air ticket to his/her country of residence within a maximum of two weeks from contract expiration. If the worker joins another employer before leaving the country, the repatriation obligation shall be incumbent upon the new employer.

In cases where the worker terminates the employment contract before its end and plans to leave Qatar while respecting the notice period (outside of the scope of amended Article 51 of the Labour Law), the employer shall cover part of the cost of the return air ticket proportional to the actual employment duration the worker completed out of the entire term of the employment contract.

The employer has the right to claim any charges and costs related to training the workers and obtaining a driving license from the new employer as per the law, which safeguards the rights of the employer and employee.

If I have not been paid my wages, do I still have to give notice before changing jobs?

Suppose the current employer has not fulfilled his/her legal obligations (including payment of wages). In that case, the worker can change jobs without giving any notice per amended Article (51) of the Labour Law. The worker should submit a complaint to the Ministry of Labour.

Changing Job If Employer Not Paying Salary

Other Conditions for Changing Job

  • The new employer should have the approval of the same nationality, gender and profession. For example, an “Indian male accountant” who wants to leave his current employer and join another firm can be hired only by a company that has the approval to employ an “Indian male accountant”.
  • There should be no restrictions against the new employer to stop the change.

Time Period for Change of Job

If the expatriate has completed the required contract period and has a new job contract and visa, he can immediately come back (even on the next day).

  • If there is no job contract, the expatriate has to leave Qatar within a week of cancelling the residence permit.
  • In special cases like termination by the employer, MoL may allow expatriates up to three months to find a new job.

When the expatriate has found a new job, he will be required to return to the Ministry and present the new employment contract. Expatriates who do not find work within this period must leave Qatar.

Expenses for Change of Job

Fees for Employer Change

The employer change service is free of charge for workers and employers.

Important Points to Note

  • The new law does not require existing employees to sign new contracts.
  • Under the new law, service periods are calculated from the day employees start working for their employer.
  • This includes all days of employment accumulated before the implementation of Law No 21 of 2015.
  • All prospective expatriate workers can see a copy of their job contract before leaving their country of origin, as obtaining a work visa will now require a job contract approved by MoL.
  • Expatriates who leave Qatar and have had their employment and Residency Permit terminated will be able to return to Qatar to take up new employment immediately after being granted a new visa.
  • However, this will not be the case for workers who have been found guilty of misconduct whilst working for their previous employer in Qatar. Such workers will face four years ban.
  • Employers who have confiscated passports can be fined up to QR 25,000 per worker. When enacted, this will be the toughest financial penalty against passport confiscation within the region.

PLEASE NOTE: The job change process and filling up these forms can confuse some workers. If you are unsure how to proceed, please get this done through a reputed typing centre or PRO. They would be able to guide you on the exact process.

Due to the high volume of applications nowadays, this process reportedly takes several weeks. So please be patient if you do not get a response soon.

For more information, you can contact the Ministry of Labour on the Hotline Number 16008 or send an email to [email protected].

READ NEXT: How To Calculate End of Service Gratuity in Qatar


FAQ on Changing Jobs in Qatar


Can I change my job in Qatar without NOC?

Yes, as per the new law, all employees can change jobs without having to obtain NOC anytime during their contract period.

How long is the notice period before changing employers?

If the worker has worked with the employer for two years or less, the notice period is one month. The notice period is two months if the worker has worked with the employer for more than two years.

Can I just leave Qatar and come back again to start a new job?

No, If you leave Qatar without giving a notification or completing your notice period, you will not be able to return to work in Qatar for one year.

Can my employer terminate me without a notice period?

If the employer terminates the contract without observing the notice period, he/she must pay the worker compensation equivalent to the worker’s basic wage for the notice period or the remaining duration of the notice period.

Can my employer keep my passport without my consent?

No, employers who have confiscated passports can be fined up to QR 25,000 per worker.


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  1. I have an offer with a new company with has asked me to exit the country so it can bring me back on a new visa
    But currently working with another company, I have resigned and am serving the 2Months notice to exit the country and come back with the new company.
    my question is, will this current company cancel my QID and visa so I can freely come back to qatar after exit?
    How do I know that my QID has been cancelled before I exit?

  2. Hi good evening.
    I just want to ask about my situation. am working in my company for almost 4yrs now, I rendered my resignation through email and Handed to the HR last July 2023, then the HR told me 3months notice period. so, supposedly I will stop working by October 2023. but October come, Nov, Dec. there’s no action. even I always follow up. So, what I did I tried to apply from another company last JANUARY. and I told them about my situation, and they give it a try. they process it through ADLSA. and it was successful I received a message from ADLSA of notice period for 30days. when my employer found out, He terminates me for absences. and that day he terminated me right away and he cancel my application in ADLSA. he doesn’t even give me a copy of termination paper. and he hold my salary for 1 month and there’s no Gratuity. My Question is, as am I terminated does my employer have the right to cancel my application in ADSLA??

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Marsie, Normally your employer cannot cancel your application on ADLSA. It may get cancelled automatically if your QID is cancelled.
      Note that if the employer has cancelled your QID you can leave the country and come back on a new visa.

  3. Dear Sir.. I have changed sponsorship and submitted Noc to new employer and also PCC. now my employer telling me while he trying to change sponsorship the old request showing in system you have to delete only he can apply. I approached Al khor labour ministry they telling after 10th March .I also checked status showing expiry date 10th March.So it possible to delete before 10th March. because new employer can’t wait..they will hire other person. what shall I do please suggest.

  4. i came to Qatar with freelance work visa and i have never work before how long will it take for ministry of labour to approve my sponsorship with NoC to work with another company

    1. Hi Alugbe, Please note that as per the officials, there is no visa called freelance visa in Qatar. So you will have to go through the same process as a regular employment visa. Usually, it takes 1-2 months for the complete process to change employers.

  5. dear Sir.. I have changed sponsorship with notice period and I submit NOC new employer,then they told me bring PCC after one week I given now when they trying to apply the PRO telling me in system still your previous company request showing not deleted. first delete then I can apply for you.. Now I given request to Al khor ministry of labour.. hopefully this week will get message. So my question is if my new employer apply how many days shall I wait to join .or notice period..I want to join as soon as possible. Previously 2 months notice period I served. pls reply. Thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shaikh, If you already applied for a change of sponsorship and received an SMS for the notice period, there will be no waiting period. If you didn’t do that before, you will need a letter from old employer that notice period is not required.

  6. Hi I will complete my 1 month notice period by 29 Feb 2024. I need to get offer letter from new employer to apply for change of sponsorship online. How can I process this if I have already completed 1 month notice. Should I need to do notice period again?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shajan, Once you apply for Change of Employer, the Ministry will send you SMS with your notice period (from the date of application). Since you have already completed the notice period, you will need to attach a letter from your employer that states that you have completed the notice period.

  7. Hey Doha Guides,
    I have received a new offer a new company. As per the offer letter from my current employer, they have stated that I have 30 days notice period alone, but I have worked for 2.5 years. Which notice period will be applicable in this case? Will it be the ministry of labour notice period 60 days and can I just do the mutually agreed 30 days notice period with current employer and move to the new company?
    Appreciate you response!

  8. I changed sponsor through online system and I worked throughout the notice period as set by the ministry. I moved to the new company and it took nearly a month to get my new QID. I went back to my now former company to claim my gratuity and they’re telling me I didn’t resign therefore, I have to do that and wait for 2 months before I’ll get it. I plan to file a case. Will the be the best approach? Any advice?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jeff, Even if you file a case, it can take few months. If they said they would pay in 2 months, it is better to wait. You can try to get a written confirmation about that.

      1. Thank you for your advice. However, I would like to know if I’m in the wrong for not submitting written resignation. Thank you.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Jeff, The normal procedure is that employee submits a resignation (written or email) to the employer and applies for change of employer on the Ministry portal. The employer also receives the notice period SMS from Ministry. Since you have already received Ministry’s approval, they cannot hold your gratuity.

  9. how i do process LC leave country message…..i Have noc for change From cid Court….. how i do remove leave country message 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔…

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Jubid, If your company or you already applied for Leave Country status, you will have to visit the Labour Department and request them to cancel that and apply for Change of Employer. Show the NOC you received from the court.

  10. Hello good day , ill just want to ask advice with my situation with regards to NOC , i worked in qatar for 1year and a 5 mos and resigned , i had may noticed period amd made all necessary things for me to be released and be back to my country. i already here in my home counrty for almost 7 mos and now processing new application . But one of the recruiter based in qatar called and asking if i can provide noc. But unfortunately i cant , knowing iam nonlonger in qatar. Ill just want to ask why are they asking , knowing that noc is just for local hires only and not being required for those who exit in qatar

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Lester, If your old visa has been cancelled and there is no ban, you won’t need NOC. Please note that NOC may be required for domestic workers.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Nibin, UPDA is required for Engineer profession. You can change to other professions (similar grade) without UPDA.

  11. sir,
    I have applied for termination of employment and leaving the country two weeks back and I got notification also by message.
    now another company want to hire me with good package.
    is it possible to transfer now or I need to exit and come back on new visa.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sandeep, Please contact the Ministry of Labour helpline and check if your old application can be converted to a Change of Employer application. Another option is to prepare a request letter (through a typing center) to cancel the old application and then apply again for a change of employer. However, there may be in delay in processing your new request. If nothing works, you have to exit and come back.

      1. Dear sir,
        thanks for reply, but my leave country application is still under review and it almost 10 days I have submitted. when can I get update from Adalsa regarding my notice period.
        but as per company I am in notice period and need to leave once notice period finish. kindly advise which notice period I need to follow.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Sandeep, Usually ADLSA notice period will start from the date you have applied. So if you applied 10 days back, you have already completed 10 days of the notice period. If your company cancels your visa and asks you to leave, you don’t have to follow the ADLSA notice period.

  12. Thank you for your Response sir. But my New company Ask me The NOC letter from my current company. They saying this is the systematic procedure. How can I convey this to them sir
    If they not agree to apply without NOC paper then what can I do sir give some advice sir.
    They said if am produce the NOC paper then they will apply adlsa website sir

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi John, Sorry to hear that. Even though the rules have changed, unfortunately some employers are still asking for NOC. We don’t know how you can convince your new employer in this case. You can try to get NOC from old employer or get assistance from any good typing center or PRO for applying on Ministry website without NOC.

  13. Hello Sir My name is John Jacob
    I was working more than 5and Half years in same company starting 15months working in work business visa and after 4yrs am working in QID.Noe I got 1 golden opportunity from another company am requested my company for NOC.bt they are not ready to give NOC to me what can I do sir,please advise me. My new company asking me a NOC paper and computer card and Labor contract paper sir,bt my company not ready to give NOC to me what can I do sir pls Reply me and advise me sir. Bt am already submitted my Resignation letter to my HR 15days before sir.Am asking NOC paper bt they said we are not ready to give NOC

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi John Jacob, Since you have already worked for 4+ years, you can try applying for a change of employer even without NOC. You can apply on the Ministry of Labour website by attaching the screenshot of the resignation email (with the receiver’s email ID and date). Please check with a typing center.

  14. I have resign from job by sending official email to company and currently in one month of notice period but my new employer didn’t sign and stamp the application due to General manager out of country and they said they will do it after two weeks.
    is it ok to upload the application after two weeks for employer change ?
    What about notice period, is it remains same or it will change from date of application submission?
    did official email of resignation is sufficient to attach as proof for employer change along with application, as my current employer will not give any Noc ?
    please kindly advise

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Misbah, Signature and stamp is not mandatory. You can submit application by attaching the email screenshot (with receiver id and date).
      Notice period is usually determined by the Ministry from the date of application. Otherwise you should get letter from employer that says that notice period can be waived off or reduced. You should have applied for it when you submitted resignation. If you apply for change of employer tomorrow, your notice period according to Ministry will start from tomorrow only.

  15. Dr Ali bin Ahmed Banab

    My employer terminated me after 5 months in probation period that I refused to work in Raslafan oil and gas telling me that I am unfit to work as I am having bronchial asthma took certificates from oil and gas doctor ,R
    Raslafan
    it was not in my contract too .
    Raslafan is very tough and full exposure to gases which is having health hazards
    I applied for sponsor change and got notice period for one month
    My question is that can my employer have still right to send me back my country
    Another company sponser is ready to take me.
    I went to Raslafan for training for 3 days
    There I was not interested to work and said I have health issues here
    So they send me back telling he is having asthma and did unfit
    Then my company terminated me because of less profit in Doha Qatar
    Where as in Raslafan they used to get double benefit from my salary.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Dr. Ali, If you have applied for employer change and it is approved, your employer cannot send you back. Once the notice period is completed your new employer can upload the new contract and your QID will be transferred to them.

  16. How much time does it take to transfer from old employer to new employer?
    If it takes more than two weeks, and the QID transfers take more than two weeks, is it possible that the expat can start and join with the new employer?

    1. My scenario:
      I have 15 months with my former employer, they terminated me in mid of September. By QID is valid, they didn’t cancel it. They paid the dues for notice period and End of Service.
      The expiry date is still the same. I got an employment contract in the start of November 2023 and confirmed Job in first week of January. I informed that I am immediately available and can join, however, I can not join unless the sponsorship is transferred to the new employer. The new employer hasn’t revised the contract, though. They want me to join before the third week of this month, and I mentioned the duration of the sponsorship transfer process. Can I join and start work, while the sponsorship transfer is in process? Or should I wait until the sponsorship transfer is complete?

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi Arslan, Some people do start working while the transfer is in progress. There is always a risk if there is a labour inspection and you are found working without authorization. You need to discuss this with your new employer. They can advise depending on what stage the transfer is.

        1. Thank you for your cautious response. I have an additional query, my visa type is ‘System Analyst’ and the new employer is asking “if I have the NOC?”
          I am in pursuit with former employer, and awaited for their response and NOC.

          With the previous employer, I had been serving under the “Labour Law No. 14 of 2004”, and I had been laid off for quite some time. Below is the link from ILO (International Labour Organization),
          https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—arabstates/—ro-beirut/documents/publication/wcms_754449.pdf

          This suggests that all workers can change employers without NOC, but I read on some blogs that for specialized workers/professionals, NOC is required. Could anybody confirm this whether it is may be applicable or not?

        2. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Arslan, Your new employer is asking for NOC because that makes the transfer process easier and ensures your old employer will not object to the transfer. However, it is not a mandatory requirement as per the law. You can apply for a change of sponsorship (as explained in the article). If your old employer objects they will need a solid reason.

    2. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Arslan, Nowadays it is taking around one month. As per the rule, you can only start working after the transfer process is completed.

  17. “Terminating Employment and Leaving Qatar” – Once contract is terminated by giving notice period to employer through MoL’s electronic notification system. did we still required exit permit and RP cancelling to leave Qatar ?
    what if my employer refuse to cancel my RP while leaving Qatar even after the notice period completed. to avoid coming back in future.
    please advise the steps to cancel in proper way and to come back Qatar

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Nawaz, If your employer does not cancel your RP, you cannot return on a new visa (at least for a few years). If you plan to come back in the future, make sure it is cancelled. There is an option called “Leave Country Notification” on the Ministry of Labour website (similar to Change Employer form). Fill that form and apply on the Ministry website. If your employer refuses to cancel QID, contact the Ministry of Interior or the Ministry of Labour.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Nawaz, If the QID is cancelled and there is no complaint against you, you can come back on a new visa.

  18. Hi Sir.. I have changed my sponsorship and I completed 2 months notice period..but my new employer told me it took 1 month to join..now my current employer not paid my salary from October till now and also no service benefitni received. what shall I do. pls guide

  19. Muhammad Sahzahan

    If my application is rejected, can my current boss deport me from Qatar? Or can my boss ban me for returning to Qatar?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Muhammad, If your application is rejected, your boss can cancel your visa, which means you will have to leave Qatar. Your boss cannot ban you from returning (unless he files a complaint against you).

      1. Mohamad Jaffrullah H

        Hi,
        What is the notice period if I want to go on exit? I saw in internet it is 1 month up to 5 years of service in the company; after 5 years, it is 2 months.
        Is this correct?

        Mohamad Jaffrullah H

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Mohamad, If an employee is resigning, the notice period is two months after two years of work, and one month for up to two years.

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