MoI launches Expats Exit Grievances Committee
The Ministry of Interior announced the formation of Expats Exit Grievances Committee in accordance with the Law No. 21/2015 on regulating the entry, exit and residence of expatriates.
Expatriates can present their grievances on the specified form to the secretariat of the committee with all supporting documents on abuses. The applicant will be given notification on acceptance of the application with case number and date of acceptance. The case will be raised for decision in the first meeting after the date of registration.
The committee will then inform the administrative unit at the Ministry, the employer and the applicant about the decision by any means that they will get notified. All of them will have the right to appeal to the Minister about the decision of the committee within 24 hours from date of notification at the committee headquarters. The Minister or the deputy will take decision within 48 hours. If no appeal was raised the committee’s decision will be considered as the final.
The new law provides the expatriates to exit without exit permit, but with a travel permit where the employer shall inform the relevant authorities that his employee has proper travel permit to exit the country. If the employer rejects leave request by the employee he can approach the committee to allow permit to exit the country for vacation stipulated by the law.
The committee will start its functioning on Tuesday, December 13. It will operate at the old traffic department at North Madinat Khalifa, with weekly meetings held every Sunday and Tuesday.