• Part 3: Part 3: Entry and Sponsorship of QFC Employees

    • Article 8 - Entry of foreigners into the State

      (1) No foreigner shall enter the State or depart from it unless the foreigner holds a valid passport issued by the competent authorities of the foreigner's country or any other competent authority, or unless the foreigner holds a document that may be substituted for the passport issued by one of the authorities mentioned in this Article. The Ministry of Interior shall, by a resolution, define the documents which may be substituted for the passport.
      (2) The passport or substitute document must be stamped with an entry visa by the competent authority.
      (3) A foreigner may only enter or leave the State from the places specified by a decision of the Ministry of Interior and after having the foreigner's passport or substitute document stamped by the competent supervising officer.
      (4) QFC Employees and Family Members shall present their passport or alternative document to the Immigration Office, the General Directorate of Border Passport & Expatriate Affairs of the Ministry of Interior, the CID, State police authorities or any other appropriate State authority upon request. In the event of the loss of a passport or alternative document they shall notify the Immigration Office immediately.
      (5) Every QFC Employee and Family Member wishing to reside in the State must:
      (A) obtain a residence permit from the Immigration Office; and
      (B) leave the State upon the expiry of their residence permit unless they have previously obtained an extension from the Immigration Office.

    • Article 9 - Sponsorship of QFC Employees

      (1) Subject to the provisions of these Regulations, QFC Employees must be sponsored in the State by their Employer.
      (2) Employers may not employ persons in violation of these Regulations or any rules, policies or orders issued thereunder.
      Amended (as from 12th May 2016)

    • Article 10 - Application for approval to bring a QFC Employee into the State

      (1) Any Employer that wishes to bring a QFC Employee to the State must provide the Immigration Office with:
      (A) the QFC Employee's name;
      (B) the position of the QFC Employee; and
      (C) a copy of the QFC Employee's passport.
      (2) The Immigration Office shall make the necessary arrangements for the issuance of the visa for the QFC Employee and any Family Members and shall inform the Employer when the visa is available for collection.
      (3) Absent any disqualifying information, the Immigration Office will make best efforts to have the visa issued within two (2) working days of the date the Employer provides the information in this Article.

    • Article 11 - Residence permit

      (1) Within five (5) working days of the arrival of the QFC Employee in the State the Employer shall apply to the Immigration Office for a State residence permit for the QFC Employee using the application form provided by the Immigration Office. The documents required in support of such an application shall be those identified for this purpose by the Immigration Office.
      (2) The QFC Employee shall complete a medical examination at a hospital designated by the Immigration Office and must have his fingerprints taken at the Immigration Office on the date and at the time specified by the Immigration Office.
      (3) Absent any disqualifying information, the residence permit shall be issued within five (5) working days of the date of the completion of the matters specified in Article 11(2) and in no event shall it extend past ten (10) working days of the filing of the application, provided the QFC Employee has provided all necessary information and completed all necessary procedures.
      (4) The Immigration Office shall notify the Employer when the residence permit has been issued to its QFC Employee. The duration of the residence permit will be for three (3) years provided that his passport remains valid during that period.
      (5) The Employer shall apply to the Immigration Office to renew an expired residence permit on behalf of a QFC Employee.

    • Article 12 - Exit visa

      A QFC Employee does not require an exit visa to leave the State.

      Amended (as from 18th July 2019)

    • Article 13 - Sponsorship of Family Members

      (1) Family Members of QFC Employees must be sponsored in the State by the QFC Employee in order to reside in the State.
      (2) In order to sponsor a Family Member the QFC Employee must file the documents identified for this purpose by the Immigration Office.
      (3) A partner of a QFC Employee who subsequently obtains work in the QFC shall remain under the sponsorship of the partner.
      (4) A partner of a QFC Employee who subsequently obtains work in the State outside the QFC shall be subject to the laws, rules and regulations of the State regarding entry, sponsorship and residence.

    • Article 14 - Residence permits for Family Member

      (1) Within five (5) working days of the arrival of a Family Member in the State the QFC Employee shall apply to the Immigration Office for a State residence permit for the Family Member in accordance with Article 11 (Residence permit) and using the application form provided by the Immigration Office. The documents required in support of such an application are those identified for this purpose by the Immigration Office.
      (2) Family Members must complete a medical examination at a hospital designated by the Immigration Office and must have their fingerprints taken at the Immigration Office on the date and at the time specified by the Immigration Office.
      (3) Absent any disqualifying information, a residence permit shall be issued for the Family Member within five (5) working days of the date of the completion of the matters specified in Article 11(2) and in no event shall it extend past ten (10) working days of the filing of the application, provided the Family Member has provided all necessary information and completed all necessary procedures.
      (4) The Immigration Office will notify the QFC Employee when the residence permit has been issued. The period of the Family Member's residence shall be coextensive with the duration of the QFC Employee's residence permit provided that the Family Member's passport remains valid throughout that period, and shall terminate when the QFC Employee's permit terminates.
      (5) An Employer or QFC Employee may apply to the Immigration Office to renew an expired residence permit for a Family Member.

    • Article 15 - Exit visas for Family Members

      Family Members sponsored by a QFC Employee do not require exit visas to leave the State.

    • Article 16 - Transfer of sponsorship

      (1) Upon application, the Immigration Office shall assist in the transfer of the sponsorship of a QFC Employee from one QFC Employer to another QFC Employer. The transfer of sponsorship from one QFC Employer to another QFC Employer, or from a QFC Employer to a new employer in the State, shall not require the consent of, or any release by, the current Employer of the QFC Employee.
      (2) Upon application, the Immigration Office shall assist:
      (A) QFC Employees who wish to have their sponsorship transferred to a new employer in the State outside the QFC; and
      (B) Sponsored Employees in the State seeking to become QFC Employees,
      in their dealings with the Ministry of Interior to obtain a change of sponsorship under these Regulations and the laws, rules and regulations of the State.
      (3) The QFC Immigration Office may accept the transfer of sponsorship of a Sponsored Employee to an Employer if:
      (A) the Sponsored Employee has notified his State Sponsor of his wish to transfer his sponsorship
      (B) the State Sponsor has:
      (i) consented to the transfer of sponsorship;
      (ii) refused to consent to the transfer of sponsorship and has not provided a valid reason for the refusal; or
      (iii) failed to respond to the Sponsored Employee's request to transfer his sponsorship within thirty (30) working days of receipt of such request;
      (C) the Sponsored Employee who accepts an offer of employment from an Employer is not violating the terms of that Employee's current employment contract with the State Sponsor; and
      (D) the relevant office of the Ministry of Interior has approved the transfer.
      (4) The Immigration Office may request information from the State Sponsor in relation to any matter identified in Article 16(3) above.
      (5) The Sponsored Employee shall be liable for any violation of these Regulations in connection with the transfer of his sponsorship to an Employer.
      (6) QFC Employees shall not work for any other employer in the State outside the QFC without complying with these Regulations and the applicable laws, rules and regulations of the State.
      (7) An Employer may apply to the Immigration Office to second his QFC Employees to another Employer for a duration not exceeding twelve months or to permit QFC Employees to work for another Employer outside their usual working hours.
      (8) An Employer may apply to the Immigration Office for assistance in obtaining the permission of the Ministry of Interior either:
      (A) to second his QFC Employees to an employer in the State for a duration not exceeding twelve (12) months,
      (B) to receive seconded employees from an employer in the State for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months; or
      (C) to permit a QFC Employee of an Employer to work for another employer in the State outside his usual working hours.

    • Article 17 - Change of address

      Any QFC Employee must inform the Immigration Office within five (5) working days of any change of address.

    • Article 18 - Visit and business visas

      (1) Any Employer that wishes to apply for a business visit visa for a business contact or member of staff employed outside the State in circumstances where:
      (A) the visit will extend past the period for which State requirements on entry into the State generally apply; and/or
      (B) the business contact or staff holds a passport from a jurisdiction that has no visa waiver program with the State,
      shall file the documents identified for this purpose by the Immigration Office.
      (2) Any visa issued under this Article shall not extend past three (3) months although an Employer may file an extension for a further period of up to three (3) months.
      (3) The Immigration Office shall make the necessary arrangements for the issuance of the visa and shall inform the Employer when the visa is available for collection.
      (4) Absent any disqualifying information, the Immigration Office will make best efforts to have the visa issued within two (2) working days of the date the Employer provides the information in this Article.
      (5) The provisions of this Article shall also apply to any QFC Employee who wishes to obtain a visa for a family member who is not sponsored by the QFC Employee for a visit to the State.

    • Article 19 - Fees

      A table of fees payable for services provided by the Immigration Office shall be published.