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 was working in a company from 4years .now I got a better opportunity to I tried to change job through adalsa.but my company approval was cancelled.and my old company stopped my duty,they didn’t allow me in accommodation,so I went to my sister’s house ,I a filed a case in ministry of labour ,but before I complaint in labour my company has put run away case on me.and I am company doesn’t give my four months salary and end of service benifits .because they tranfer salary in accounts ,they our company gives our salary in cash…now I don’t know what to do please suggest me how can I come out from this situation

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sofi, Only the Ministry of Labour can assist you with this. Or else you can check if your country’s Embassy can offer some help.

  2. Hi, I transferd my sponsership before six month and now my present sponser dont want my services anymore and he will agree to give me NOC so is it possible to change sponsership to any other company, myy present work contract is 2 years its started from 25/07/2022.

  3. Hi guys,
    I plan to transfer sponsorship but my 2 years contract is not yet finish, I’m only 1 year and 2 months. Is it positive that my current employer object in Adsla and will cancel my visa?

    Thank you

      1. Hi guys, please help me. My previous employer terminate me, and im working here almost 6 yrs. Can i change my work before my qid expired?. It will expired at jan. 12,actually i have now a job offer. What will i do?

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Nheil, If your previous employer cancels your visa, you can exit and come back on a new employer’s visa.

  4. If current employer prevent to change sponsorship than what to do,
    as you know 95% employers in Qatar not giving NOC or Approval on the resignation, so in that case which options could be used by worker to get Approval from MADLSA?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Falik, You can send your resignation as an email to the employer’s official email id and attach that screenshot (with the date & email id). This has worked for many people (instead of NOC). Once your change of job application is processed, your employer will also receive an SMS. If he raises an objection to a change of job, he should give a valid reason to Labour Department.

  5. i am coming to doha in a new visa, suppose if i wish to change with concent of current sponcer how long i have to wait

  6. For example my current employer will leave in Qatar,do I need to get free noc to them or need to give money for the noc

  7. Hey, my company terminated me after 10months my contract is open, and I found other Job but they refused to give me NOC they said it’s not approved even after I gave them the Offer letter and CR.. can my new company apply online without NOC ?, and if they terminate me is there notice period ? or I can change to the new accommodation. And they are threatening me to cancel my visa and RP and my RP still 2years to end.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Maya, If your QID is cancelled, you can leave the country and come back on a new visa. NOC is not required.

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Ma, Normally they can’t reject your application unless you have signed a non-competition clause or they have raised a complaint against you.

  8. Dear Sir,
    I have been working in Qatar for almost Six months and remaining with 9 days to finish my probation period. I have gotten a new job offer. With a different company. Am I entitled to compensate my current employer after the probation period?
    What am I supposed to attach while applying for change of employer?
    Thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Musa, You need to discuss this with your old employer and new employer. As per the law, both parties need to reach an agreement regarding the compensation (if changes during probation).

    2. Haloo

      I completed 1 and half year with current company and am looking to travel my country change job to one another new company .i have validity on my id until September 2023.. i did online transfer last day with separation letter and all documents of previous there any issues if am travelling before getting approvals . notification message received to me

  9. I asked my boss for noc he didn’t give me I run away from home I’m working in a separate house now how can I change Akama tell me how can I change without noc , he canceled my id please tell me

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shaik Shajahan, If your ID is cancelled, you cannot change the employer. You will need to leave the country. If there is no ban, you can come back.

  10. I asked my boss for noc he didn’t give me I run away from home I’m working in a separate house now how can I change Akama tell me how can I change without noc , he canceled my id

  11. Hi sir,I am under probation in my current employer,i want to change employer due to they are letting me driving without license since august until now and threatened me to terminate and send me back to my country without any violation committed in my employer.If i file a complaint against my employer,do i still have a chance to transfer and join another employer?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mc Lord, Yes, you can change your job even if you have filed a complaint against your employer. Do not drive without a license as it can even land you in jail.

  12. Hello, I am new in Qatar. I just finished 1 month in my present company so now I want to change the company . So in this case it is possible or not and I need to pay any fine to my company .thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Kumar, As you have been in Qatar for only one month you will be considered to be under probation. If you find a new employer you may apply for employer change, but your current employer may ask for compensation of visa expenses. In some cases, your new employer will share this cost.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Bikash, If you have a new job offer, you can change by applying for an employer change. Please discuss this with your new company PRO or contact a typing center.

  13. Rasul Ahmmad milon

    I am Bangladeshi, I work as a driver at home in Qatar. I have been working for 4 years. I want to change the owner. My only demand is that those who work at home should be given a chance to change in the company.

  14. Hi,can i change employer but the same job?im planning to join into other company due to im am 4months driving without license here in much will it cost for me to settle in my current employer,thank you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mc Lord, As per the law you don’t have to pay the employer for a change of employer. If you are changing jobs within your probation period, your new employer may be asked to share the cost of your visa. There is no fixed amount. This should be agreed upon between all parties.

  15. I am working in Qatar security company. And my visa is petroling superwiser and already three month is finish, I came this year 16 September 2022 can I change company without Noc?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Vivek, As it has been only 3 months, you need to discuss this with your company. The company may ask your new company to share your visa cost.

  16. Hello, team on my arrive in Qatar, my sponsor said they told my agent not to let me come and I have come meanwhile I don’t know such message was given to my agent so the sponsor didn’t accommodate me at the workers camp my sponsor said I should book a return ticket and go back to my country. Please my question is “can I change my sponsor without NOC.

      1. Okay but I paid for my visa and booked my own ticket to Qatar.

        Meaning I have to book a return ticket and ask my sponsor to cancel my visa.

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