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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:09 pm    Post subject: Visas and Sponsorship Reply with quote

Woman workers can now sponsor families Source THE PENINSULA

DOHA: The Ministry of Labour has begun receiving applications from women expatriate workers on independent work visas to sponsor their husbands and children. A majority of the members of the recruitment committee at the ministry tasked with clearing family visas are, however, required to approve family visa requests from women applicants.
This was disclosed by senior ministry officials during a news conference on Monday. The new sponsorship law allows women workers to sponsor their families. Earlier, only female expatriate workers of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Ministry of Education were allowed to sponsor their families.


But the new sponsorship law extends this privilege to women workers of the private sector as well who have independent work visas provided they fulfil salary requirements.

The ministry has set the minimum monthly salary limit for private sector foreign workers to sponsor their families to QR7,000. The limit, however, does not apply to government employees who are provided family accommodation. Their family visa requests can be considered even if their salaries are a bit lower. The salary limit of QR7,000 can, though, be reviewed keeping the living costs in mind, the officials said.

Ministry officials said they were supposed to interview 400 family visa applicants recently but the process had been delayed. “We are ready for the interviews now,” said Abdullah Al Mohannadi, head of the recruitment committee. Asked why the committee rejects family visa application of one expatriate while the application of another one from the same company drawing almost the same salary is accepted, the officials said family sponsorship requests could be rejected due to lack of supportive documents.

ww.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Local_News&month=April2010&file=Local_News2010040731645.xm


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:11 pm    Post subject: Free Visa Crackdown Reply with quote

New rules to curb free visa

Source ::: THE PENINSULA
DOHA: The Labor Ministry is tightening recruitment rules for companies in a bid to root out firms that ‘sell’ free visas and to put an end to the problem of low-income workers escaping their employers.
The ministry is also setting up a unit at the Doha International Airport to monitor freshly-arriving workers who are left stranded by their employers. Companies whose workers who are found waiting for more than six hours after arrival at the airport will be taken to task and punished, senior ministry officials told reporters here on Monday.

Addressing a news conference, they said firms applying for work visas would need to provide salary payment records for the previous three months. And the salary payment records must be endorsed by the inspection wing of the Department of Labor.

Companies are also required to produce a letter from the National Workforce Department stating that no qualified Qatari is available for a job for which they need to recruit a foreign worker. The news briefing was held by Abdullah Al Mohannadi, director of recruitment and chairman of recruitment committee, Mohamed Saeed Al Nuaimi, head of inspection, Saleh Al Shawi, head of labor relations, and Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Attiyah, director of public relations at the ministry. A pilot project has been launched by the ministry on March 3 whereby companies are being asked to forward copies of employees’ salary transfers to banks to check if they are paying their workers in time. This way, a comprehensive database is being developed.

The State Cabinet had earlier set up a committee headed by the Minister of Labor, Dr Sultan bin Hasan Aldhabit Al Dosri, to study the phenomenon of low-income workers escaping their sponsors. The minister, in turn, appointed a committee to make more strict recruitment rules for private companies. Labor officials will be visiting projects to assess whether the demand made by a company for workers is genuine and whether it really needs the number of work visas it has actually applied for. Reports by labor officials on labor lodgings of companies will also be scrutinised before approving their work visa requests. And main contractors hiring sub-contractors will have to vouch in writing for the latter if they apply for work visas to carry out projects.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Revised immigration rules being enforced
Doha • Qatar has introduced a new immigration regulation from Friday for British nationals who have previously held a Qatari residence permit, according to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.

The British Embassy in Doha recommends British travellers to Qatar who have previously held a Qatari residence permit to contact their airline or the nearest Qatari Embassy to check the requirements, as it may not be possible for them to purchase visit visas on arrival at Doha.
Britons returning to Qatar will require a no-objection certificate from their previous sponsor to re-enter the country on a tourist visa if they are entering within two years of their residence permit getting cancelled.

"We have been made aware that a new (immigration) law has been implemented but are yet to receive an official communique to this effect," said a spokesperson for the British Embassy in Doha.
According to an unconfirmed report on Qatarliving.com, nationals from other countries like the United States, Australia and New Zealand will also be affected by the law. Earlier, a British visitor could obtain a 21-day single-entry visa on arrival at the airport, which could be extended by 14 days once in Qatar by the Immigration Authority. Around 40,000 British tourists visit Qatar every year, but only residents who had their Qatari residence permit cancelled in the past two years will be affected by the new law.

the peninsula

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=local_news&month=september2008&file=local_news2008092843929.xml


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=352563&version=1&template_id=46&parent_id=26

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=357003&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This website may be useful.

http://www.justlanded.com/english/Qatar
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:15 pm    Post subject: sponsorship system review sought Reply with quote

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=250925&version=1&template_id=46&parent_id=26

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=389142&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16

[/quote]Dr Amin Mekki Medani said the governments were not doing enough to safeguard the rights of the large expatriate population in the GCC countries.
“None of these countries have ratified the convention on migrant workers. Migrant workers have rights. And it looks like they have no intention of doing so,” Dr Medani said.
“Foremost to the debate is the system of locals sponsoring expatriates, a system often linked to labour abuse and even human trafficking. Regardless of evidence of goodwill. So far nothing concrete can be seen,” Dr Medani said.
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http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=356418&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56



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UN rights chief urges end to worker sponsor system
Gulf Arab countries must end their sponsorship system for migrant workers that leaves labourers beholden to employers and exposed to potential abuse, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said yesterday.
“Reports concerning this region consistently cite ongoing practices of unlawful confiscation of passports, withholding of wages and exploitation by unscrupulous recruitment agencies and employers,” Navanethem Pillay told a gathering at King Abdullah University for Science and
Technology north of Jeddah.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:21 pm    Post subject: Sponsorship system may go.... Reply with quote

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=398171&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56



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The Prime Minister stressed that Qatar was now mulling deliberately and thoroughly the sponsorship issue to preserve the rights of both the Qatari citizen and the labourer at the same time, as well as the rights of the person who comes to work in Qatar.
“A great change has occurred in the past two years as far as the sponsor system in Qatar is concerned... considering that as part of the process. The process would not take place overnight and would need time and an appropriate way,” he said.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 05, 2010 2:27 pm    Post subject: Re: sponsorship system review sought Reply with quote

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=250925&version=1&template_id=46&parent_id=26



http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=389142&version=1&template_id=36&parent_id=16




http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=356418&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56



Quote:
UN rights chief urges end to worker sponsor system
Gulf Arab countries must end their sponsorship system for migrant workers that leaves labourers beholden to employers and exposed to potential abuse, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said yesterday.
“Reports concerning this region consistently cite ongoing practices of unlawful confiscation of passports, withholding of wages and exploitation by unscrupulous recruitment agencies and employers,” Navanethem Pillay told a gathering at King Abdullah University for Science and
Technology north of Jeddah.






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Dr Amin Mekki Medani said the governments were not doing enough to safeguard the rights of the large expatriate population in the GCC countries.
“None of these countries have ratified the convention on migrant workers. Migrant workers have rights. And it looks like they have no intention of doing so,” Dr Medani said.
“Foremost to the debate is the system of locals sponsoring expatriates, a system often linked to labour abuse and even human trafficking. Regardless of evidence of goodwill.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:20 pm    Post subject: Qatar Visitor blog - check it out as Joe Mitri says Reply with quote

http://qatarvisitor.blogspot.com/2009/10/marhaba.html
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 19, 2010 11:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Abu Dhabi: As part of the ongoing reforms in the labour market, the Labour Ministry will soon introduce new regulations granting foreign workers more freedom to change employers without the six-month work ban or consent of the current employer.

The new rules, which will take effect on January 1, will replace the current formalities of transfer of sponsorship for foreign workers.



Way to go, UAE. Time for Qatar to get rid of the NOC and let people transfer where they want at the end of their contract.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:08 pm    Post subject: Tigher sponsorship rules wanted Reply with quote

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=408218&version=1&template_id=57&parent_id=56

Qatar survey finds support for tighter sponsorship rules


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The sponsorship system (“kafala” in Arabic) should be tightened to make workers more dependent on their sponsors, nearly half of Qatari respondents told a survey.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:09 am    Post subject: Sponsosrhip rules Reply with quote

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/law/143688-labour-law-and-changes-in-sponsorship-rules.html

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/q/54-mariam-al-saad/1817-abolishing-sponsorship-system.html
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/q/54-mariam-al-saad/1817-abolishing-sponsorship-system.html
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://qatarsucks.com/Job_Market_Situation_Qatar

http://qatarsucks.com/Sad_Youtube_Video
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sponsorship rule change in the offing Wednesday, 02 May 2012

DOHA: Qatar plans to scrap the sponsorship regime for foreign workers and replace it with a liberal contract-based system and allow the setting up of a trade union that is to be supervised by an apex committee controlled entirely by citizens. Asking private companies earlier not to keep the passports of their foreign workers was a step forward to remove the sponsorship system, said the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour. The term ‘sponsorship’ is described akin to slavery by some human rights groups. “So we want to do away with this system,” Hussein Yousuf Al Mulla told local Arabic daily Al Arab in an interview published yesterday.

In the new system the contract signed between an employee and his employer under the ‘guarantee and direct supervision’ of the labour ministry would matter, he suggested. Asked if a foreign worker would be able to freely change jobs in the new system, Al Mulla replied in the negative and said in that case the worker would have to cancel the contract and leave the country.

But he must have some justification to do that and money alone shouldn’t be a consideration to leave a job. “If another employer brings that worker back to Qatar then he must sign a new contract,” the official clarified. He, however, didn’t specify if the worker would be required to spend sometime overseas before taking up a new job in Qatar. Currently, if a foreign worker quits a job here and wishes to return to take up employment with another company, he must spend two years overseas. The undersecretary also hinted that the new system would not apply to maids since a law separate from the labour legislation that covers private sector workers, is on the anvil that would regulate maids.

“We (Qatar) want a uniform legislation for all GCC states as regards the work and stay of foreign workers,” Al Mulla said. The official was, however, non-committal when asked about the timeframe by which the new system was expected to be put in place. About the trade union, Al Mulla said a ‘Labour Committee’ is to be set up with representation from the private sector and expatriate workers to pave the way for the setting up of a trade union in future. This committee could, however, have only Qatari citizens as board members and expatriate-members would only have the right to vote. They can’t be office-bearers.

This committee would in future set up a trade union and closely monitor it. Its key task will be also be to receive complaints from workers, help redress them and defend workers’ rights. “The panel would take much burden off some government agencies,” said Al Mulla, hinting that the labour department’s work of solving labor disputes might be eased. The labor ministry will have no control over the committee and a labor union formed by it in future could have not only foreign laborers as members but also professionals and other employees in it. The issue has been discussed by the State Cabinet. The Advisory Council has also deliberated on it and what is awaited is a green signal from the top.


THE PENINSULA



The UN has been asking for this for a long time in order to fulfil requirements for Human Rights (see their website) but probably not in this way. The power still remains with the employer.These changes may not be a good thing. It means your sponsor can chuck you out of the country when your contract is over. This may prevent people from remaining in the country and moving to another job. It means quitting your job, selling up, leaving and returning may not be worth it. Very clever.
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