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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Sponsorship Laws Tightened Up

Harsher penalties have been introduced for both sponsors and foreigners breaking the sponsorship law in Qatar according to an article in Arabian Business today.

Sponsors retaining passports after visas have been completed, who employ somone who is not under their sponsorship or who fail to send employees for a health check within 7 days of arrival could face fines of QAR 10,000. 

Those overstaying their 30 day visas could also see fines of up to QAR50,000 or up to three years in prison. 

The law also stated that workers must leave the country within 90 days of the expiry of their residence permit. 

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