Article 33

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Article 33 bans recruitment agencies from charging recruitment fees.

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While Qatari law forbids recruitment fees, agencies circumvent the law by exploiting the legal loophole that allows them to deal with agencies charging recruitment fees in the migrants’ home countries. As a result, many migrants have to resort to borrowing large sums of money to pay recruitment fees in their home countries, loans that may take months or years to be repaid.

Any recruitment agent found charging the worker a recruitment fee or other charges shall be punished with imprisonment, a fine of between 2,000 and 6,000 Riyals (approximately US$550 to US$1,650 or £350 to £1,050 as of May 2015), or both, and risks the court ordering the closure of its office and cancellation of its licence (Article 145).

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Article 33. The person who is licensed to recruit workers from abroad for others shall be prohibited from doing the following:

1. To receive from the worker any sums representing recruitment fees or expenses or any other costs.

2. To carry out in the office any other business other than the recruitment of workers from abroad for others.

Law / Qatar / Labour Law No. 14 of 2004

Qatar Labour Law 2004 governs the terms of employment of the majority of workers working in Qatar. The Labour Law sets out the minimum entitlements of workers employed in Qatar, and as such, it contains a number of important protections for workers, prohibits child labour, prohibits recruiting foreign workers by or through unlicensed recruiters or agencies,bans recruitment agencies from charging recruitment fees, and provides for mechanisms to enforce its provisions.

Any stipulations contrary to the provisions of the Labour Law are void unless more advantageous to the employee.