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.