Failure to complete residence permit proceedings by the employer or expatriate within 30 days of entry to Qatar may attract a fine of QR10,000, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has reiterated.

“The employer must facilitate the expatriate to contact the competent authorities within 30 days from the entry into the country to complete the procedures for obtaining a residence or visit permit. The expatriate isn't allowed to refuse to complete these procedures,” MoI said in an advisory on its X account.

This is based on the provisions of Article (10) of Law No 21 of 2015 regulating the entry, exit, and residence of expatriates (Paragraph 1). The fine is imposed according to clause 2 of Article (40) of the same law.

The law, as stipulated in Article 42, also allows the competent authority of the Ministry of Interior to accept reconciliation with the accused in this violation by paying an amount of QR10 for each day of delay, with a maximum of QR6,000, under the reconciliation amounts specified in the table attached to this law.
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