MoI urges to take the benefit of the Grace Period


Doha (29/11/2021): The Ministry of Interior called on the expatriates residing in the State violating the provisions of Law No. (21) for the year 2015 regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence, to utilize the grace period announced by the Ministry to correct their legal status inside the country and allow them to leave the country with exempting them from all consequences of legal responsibility. The grace period started from October 10, 2021 will end on December 31, 2021.

Capt. Kamal Taher Al Tayri

Interacting with the community leaders, who visited the headquarters of the Search and Follow up Department (SFD) yesterday evening to witness the facilities and the arrangements made by the SFD for receiving the applications from the violators of the law No. 21/2015 for their status correction during the grace period, Capt. Kamal Tahir Al Tairi, officer at the SFD explained about the target groups and the proceedings followed in their regards.


He said that the target groups include those expats who stay in the country violating the law, without obtaining a residence permit or without renewing it and exceeded 90 days from the validity date; and no absconding complaint has been filed against them by the employer, as well as those who stay in the country violating the law and an absconding complaint (Leaving the work – Violation of the purpose) has been filed against them by their employers, but 30 days have not completed from the date of filing the complaint.


In such cases, their departure will be ensured by the SFD and they will be exempted from all consequences of legal responsibility, while their return to Qatar on another visa will be possible.


In case of those who entered Qatar on family residence permits or as visitors and have violated the period of stay or the expatriates who have violated the law and an absconding complaint (Leaving the work – Violation of the purpose) has been filed against them by their employer and more than 30 days have been passed from the date of filing the complaint, the SFD will ensure their departure and they can return to Qatar if they leave the country after accepting the legally prescribed reconciliation, Capt. Al Tairi added.


In addition to this, an expatriate whose residence permit has been cancelled and has passed 90 days from its cancellation can also return to Qatar if he leaves the country after accepting the legally prescribed reconciliation, he pointed out.


In all cases, the deportation of the minors under the age of 18 will be without a ban to return to Qatar, regardless of their violation of the provisions of the law, and they are exempted from any legal consequences, Capt. Al Tairi said.



Capt. Mohammed Ali Al Rashid

From his part, Capt. Muhammed Al Rashid, officer from the Unified Services Department explained the services provided by the Unified Services Department through the Ministry of Interior's Services Centers for expatriates who violate Law No. (21) for the year 2015, regulating the entry, exit and residence of expatriates during the status correction period.


He said that the Unified Services Department provides its services during the correction period to the expatriates violating Law No. (21) for the year 2015 that regulates the entry, exit and residence of expatriates who wish to stay inside the country after correcting their status through the five service centers of the Ministry of Interior such as Umm Sulal Services Center, Umm Sunaim Services Center (Previously Industrial Area Services Center), Musaimeer Services Center, Al Wakra Services Center and Al Rayyan Services Center.


Among the residence permit holders, the target groups are those who have violated the Law No. (21) of 2015 that regulates the entry, exit and residence of expatriates and have passed 90 days from the expiry date of the residence permit or those against whom a ‘leaving work’ complaint has been filed and they wish to move to another employer, said Capt. Al Rashid.


He also added that the target groups from the Work Visa holders are those who have violated the Law No. (21) of 2015 that regulates the entry, exit and residence of expatriates, who have exceeded 90 days from entering the country without issuing a residence permit or against whom a ‘Leaving Work’ complaint has been filed and wish to stay in the country after correcting their status, provided that the approval should be obtained from the Labor Department for the same nationality on the new recruiter VP).


No application will be accepted from the violator or the person against whom a ‘Leaving Work’ complaint has been filed after announcing the grace period starting from 10/10/2021, he added.


Explaining about the mechanism of the procedures at MoI Services Centers, he said that the applicant has to submit the concerned filled form in any one of the 5 Services Centers of the Ministry of Interior and after verifying the application to ensure compliance with the conditions, the Service Center staff will transfer it to the Labor Department for its decision. The whole process at the MoI Services Center will take only 2 minutes and in normal cases, the Labor Department will take its decision on the application within 5 working days if the application meets all the conditions specified by the concerned authorities.


Submission of the filled designated form for status correction, which is available on the website of the Ministry of Interior and a copy of the establishment's registration card for the new employer are the requirements for application for correcting the status inside Qatar, said Capt. Muhammed Ali Al Rashid.


1st Lt. Ahmad A. Al Marri

First Lt. Ahmed Ghurab Al Marri, technical affairs officer from the Search and Follow up Department welcomed the community leaders and introduced them the services of the SFD rendered to its inmates and explained the work procedures at Search and Follow up Department during the correction period.


He said that the violating person has to approach the Search and Follow-up Department (the main reception hall) along with his passport and an open travel ticket. The concerned staff will verify the data and complete all the necessary procedures within 3 minutes in normal cases and upon completion of them, a travel permit is issued to the violating person and hands it over to him to go to the airport as per the schedule mentioned in the ticket as an ordinary passenger, while adhering to the Covid-19 precautionary measures followed in the country.


The working hours of the offices at Search and Follow Up Department and 5 MoI Services Centers are from 1 pm - 6 pm from Sunday – Thursday.