Are you stuck in a job that doesn’t interest you? Looking for a new career path, but don’t know where to begin? You’ve come to the right place.
According to the most recent labor law announcement in 2020, all workers in Qatar, regardless of whether they are on fixed-term contracts or open-ended contracts, have the right to change jobs at any time during their contract term.
In this article, we are going to let you know the whole procedure of how to change jobs without NOC. Read the article till the end so that you will not miss anything important.
Qatar’s Recent Labour Reforms
Qatar abolished its Kafala (sponsorship) system in Law No 21 of 2015, replacing it with a modernized contract-based system. Qatar’s new sponsorship law came into effect in December 2016, removing the automatic two-year ban.
Qatar government announced in September 2020 that a No Objection Certificate will not be required for changing jobs. It was published in the Official Gazette.
Qatar’s new process for changing jobs
The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor, and Social Affairs (ADLSA) has laid out the steps to change employers without having to obtain an official letter of consent (NOC). Here are those steps.
Step 1: Employer is notified via the ADLSA system
If you wish to change employers, you must inform your current employer via ADLSA that you intend to terminate your employment contract.
The worker must work until the end of his/her notice period.
Step 2: Attach documents required by the employer
You must attach the following documents when expressing your intention to change jobs via the ADLSA:
- ADLSA change-of-employer form with the signature and stamp of the new employer.
- Authenticated contract copy of former employer, or employment offer if there is no contract copy.
- New employer’s job offer in Arabic.
- A letter of resignation with the former employer’s signature and stamp.
- In the case of specialized professions, a certified copy of the education certificate and a license of practice from the country’s respective authorities should be attached.
Step 3: ADLSA approval
In response to the application, the Ministry will send a text message to the employer informing them that the employee has applied for a job transfer and that the application is undergoing assessment. As a result, the worker should remain with the company until the end of the assessment.
The Ministry will inform the worker and current employer that the notice period has begun when it processes the application. Providing incomplete information may result in further inquiries.
Step 4: Electronic contract initiated by the new employer
The new employer should initiate the electronic employment contract on ADLSA’s Digital Authentication System after the legal notice period has expired.
Step 5: Signing a new employment contract
Printed copies of the employment contract should be discussed and signed by the new employer and the employee.
Step 6: Upload the signed contract of the new employer
A newly signed employment contract should be uploaded to the ADLSA system along with an authentication fee of QR 60.
Step 7: Request a new QID
Once the contract has been authenticated, the new employer should request a new QID from the Ministry of Interior via Metrash2 or the Ministry of Interior website.
The new job can be started once the worker has completed this procedure. The new employer should issue the worker a new QID and health card.
Through the Digital Authentication System, both employees and employers can download a copy of the employment contract at any time.
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