By: Rumana Shaikh
Since late last year, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs has been considering introducing a new policy regarding residence permit renewal and retirement age.
According to Gulf Times, the Ministry may soon implement the new decision, under which the renewal of contracts and residence permits for expatriates will stop once they reach the age of 60. Under the policy, once an expat turns 60, they will have to collect their dues and leave the country.
Currently, the website of the Ministry says that expatriates over 60 are required to submit written requests to renew their visas and are not allowed sponsorship changes, but there doesn’t seem to be any mention of the new policy yet.
The ministry is expected to provide a list of the professions or nationalities that may be exempt from the policy.
Qatar Tribune has reported that the decision is expected to affect both the public and private sectors and comes about in an attempt to create more opportunities for younger people in the workforce who can contribute more in terms of the Qatar National Vision 2030, as well as for younger Qataris.
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