Potential job seekers need to be aware that as per the Qatari Labour Law, the employer’s permission (an Exit Permit) is required to leave Qatar. As per the Qatar sponsorship laws, an employee intending to change from one sponsor to another should obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC). The employees should note that the sponsor is not obliged to give an NOC. But, without an NOC, the employee will have to face a two-year ban and will not be able to return to Qatar during the two-year ban.
However, there are talks currently, about the two-year ban period being changed to six months this year. Further, it is likely that the Qatar sponsorship situation owing to 2022 World Cup is likely to bring in some major changes to the ban period.