New rules set for foreign engineers

17 May 18

QATAR

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Foreign nationals working in engineering professions are now required to complete a written test and register with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment’s engineering committee.

What does the change mean? Foreign engineers who fail to register will be in violation of Qatari labor law and could face penalties, including adverse immigration consequences, up to three years in jail and fines of up to 100,000 riyals (about US$27,465).

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work residence permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals working in any engineering profession, including engineers serving as project managers or surveyors.
  • Business impact: Employers should be sure that any foreign engineers they hire have the appropriate engineering degree and have completed registration processes. This may delay start dates in some cases.

Background: The rules were adopted to protect against fraudulent work practices and are similar to rules for engineers adopted by other countries in the region, including Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

BAL Analysis: Foreign engineers should complete testing and registration processes as soon as possible in order to avoid adverse immigration consequences and other penalties. Employers should be sure not to attest work contracts for engineers who have not completed registration processes as required.

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