Last week, Qatar’s Emir signed into law new legislation governing the entry, exit and residency of foreigners.
The reforms were billed by officials as changes that would provide expats “with more protection and safeguard their rights.”
However, many residents and rights groups have expressed disappointment at the actual legislation, which does not abolish a system of exit visas and no-objection certificates (NOCs) for the foreign workforce.
Although the text of the law is available in Arabic, no official English translation has been circulated yet. The following is an unofficial translation of Law No. 21 of 2015 by Doha News. We’ll share the official version when it goes up on Qatar’s legal portal Meezan.