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Questions & Answers about the Grace Period Campaign of MOI which will end this March 31, 2022


Capt. Kamal Tahir Al Tairi from the Search and Follow Up Department and Capt. Muhammed Ali Al Rashid from the Unified Services Department

On 10/10/2021, the Ministry of Interior of Qatar announced a grace period for correcting the status of the expatriates who have violated the provisions of the Law No. 21/2015, that regulates the entry, exit and the residence of expatriates in Qatar.


The Ministry in a statement on this occasion also informed that it will be providing all facilities for the beneficiaries of the grace period to correct their legal status while they are inside the country and also for leaving the country to correct their status, if they cannot correct it while they are inside the country.

The first phase of the grace period was from 10th October 2021 – 31st December 2021, and later on, the Ministry of Interior extended it till 31st March 2022, in order to benefit from the 50% reduction in the settlement amount of violations by the company owners as well as the expatriate workers


What is the Objective of the Grace Period?

Legalizing the status of expatriates who stay in the country violating the provisions of the Law No. 21/2015, in accordance with the law and in line with humanitarian standards.


What are the Features of the Grace Period?

  1. The opportunity for correcting the legal status of the violators by allowing them to change the employer in accordance with the regulations recognized for the competent authority, and exempting them from the fines imposed on them.

  2. Exempting violating expatriates who wish to leave the country from legal responsibility without holding them accountable for the violations.

What are the Services offered by the Services Centers of the MoI for the Beneficiaries of the Grace Period?


Five (5) Services Centers of the Ministry of Interior such as 1) Umm Sulal, 2) Umm Sunaim, 3)Musaimeer, 4) Al Wakra and 5)Al Rayyan receive the applications for correcting the status of the violation by transferring from one employer to another employer.


At the same time, 12 Service Centers of the Ministry of Interior such as 1) Al Shamal, 2) Al Khor, 3) Al Dhaen, 4) Umm Salal, 5) Pearl Qatar, 6) Onaiza, 7) Souq Waqif, 8) Rayyan, 9) Umm Sunaim, 10) Shahaniya, 11) Mesaimeer and 12) Wakrah by settlement, issuance and renewal of residence permit under the existing employer.


Who can approach the service centers of the Ministry of Interior for the correcting the status?

  1. Residence Permit holders who have passed 90 days from the expiry date of the residence permit and wish to move to another employer.

  2. Residence Permit holders against whom a ‘leaving work’ complaint has been filed and they wish to move to another employer.

  3. Work visa holders who have exceeded 90 days from entering the country without issuing a residence permit and wish to stay in the country after correcting their status.

  4. Work visa holders against whom a ‘Leaving Work’ complaint has been filed and they wish to stay in the country after correcting their status.

Important Notes:

  1. 1- 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.

  2. In the cases of work visa holders, for correcting the status, the prior approval should be obtained from the Labor Department for the same nationality on the new recruiter.

What is the Work Mechanism at MoI Services Centers?

  1. The applicant submits the filled form, which is available on the MoI website (moi.gov.qa) in any one of the above-mentioned Service Center of the Ministry of Interior.

  2. The Service Center staff verifies the application to ensure compliance of the application with the conditions and transferring it to the Labor Department for decision. The Labor department within 5 working days will take a decision if all conditions are met.


What are the Required Documents for the Application?

  1. Filling out the designated form for submitting the request to correct the status.

  2. A copy of the establishment's registration card for the new employer.