The Expatriates’ Exit Grievances Committee organised an introductory seminar on its functions and services recently at the Officers’ Club of the General Directorate of Civil Defence.
The event was attended by Brigadier Salem Saqr Al Muraikhi, Director of Legal Affairs Department at the Ministry of Interior (MOI) and Chairman of the Committee; Lt Colonel Muhammad Ali al Kubaisi of Human Rights Department; Saleh Rashid Al Kuwari, Representative of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs; Captain Juma Ali Al Buainain, Rapporteur and Secretary of the Committee; and Nayef Musabih Al-Shammari of the National Human Rights Committee. Hundreds of representatives from the Asian communities also joined the seminar.
Brigadier Salem Saqr Al-Murikhi said that the MOI was keen to deliver the services of the committee in order to strengthen the coordination between the relevant authorities in the state. He said that the committee has been working for more than six months and has resolved complaints that satisfied all parties. He emphasised the keenness of the Ministry of Interior to respect the rights of expatriate workers and keep stable the relations between the employees and employers.
Captain Juma Ali Al-Buainain presented the functions and services of the committee. He said that according to the law, an expatriate has the right to exit the country after informing the recruiter as per the signed labour contract. Similarly, an expatriate has the right for a final exit from the country before the expiry of the labour contract period after informing the recruiter based on the labour agreement.
If the recruiter or the competent authority refuses to grant exit permit or refuses the permission for final leaving of the expatriate from the country, the expatriate can approach and appeal to the Exit Permit Grievances Committee. The Committee has to take its decision on the appeal within three working days.
The appellant should submit his appeal to the secretariat of the Committee in the prescribed form along with supporting documents for his grievance appeal. The concerned officer at the secretariat of the committee will receive the appeal and register it in the registry. The appellant will then receive a notification with a grievance number and date of appeal submission. The appeal should be reviewed by the committee in the first meeting after submitting the appeal. The committee will notify the concerned administrative unit in the Ministry, recruiter, and expatriate of its decision by fax, telephone or SMS.
All inquiries can now be made through this email: [email protected]. For more information about the various government services available for expatriates in Qatar, you can visit the MOI website at moi.gov.qa.