Executive Summary

Effective immediately, foreign nationals holding a valid Work Residence Permit for Qatar with any engineering profession must register with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment and pass an examination administered by this authority.

The Ministry of Administrative Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) recently began full implementation of a requirement for all engineers to register with the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME). Effective immediately, foreign nationals holding a valid Work Residence Permit for Qatar with any engineering profession must register with the MME and pass an examination administered by this authority. Registration is mandatory for all engineering professions regardless of the company’s business activities.

Exemptions

Following categories currently are exempt from this new requirement:

•    Employees of companies established in the Qatar Financial Centre; and

•    Employees with an engineering degree but a non-engineering profession in their work permit who do not work as engineers.

Deadline for registration

While there is no specific deadline to complete the process, affected foreign nationals are urged to register with the MME as soon as possible, or immediately after Residence Permit issuance (new visa applicants).

Consequences of non-compliance

Holders of Work Residence Permits with any engineering profession who fail to enroll with the MME will not be allowed to renew their permits or to register new employment contracts with the MADLSA. Noncompliant workers and their employers may face other sanctions, including monetary fines of up to QAR 100,000 and legal actions.

What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals who do not work or no longer work as engineers but who still hold an engineering profession may want to consider changing their profession on their Work Residence Permit.