QVC strengthens protection for those seeking employment in Qatar
To enhance job seekers’ rights and protect their welfare, the Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) in Kathmandu moves to improve employment visa procedures and other benefits for Nepali citizens who wish to move to Qatar. Protecting workers’ rights includes transparency in procedures and ensuring their welfare to assist expatriates to Qatar.
Streamlining these procedures facilitates requirements like medical examinations and other processes, since Qatar is one of the top choices for Nepalese job seekers.
“We have 90 employees and work in accordance with the regulations set by Qatar and Nepal. The centre provides multiple services, including vital data services, medical examination, signing of contracts, authentication of documents and others,” said Hem Bahadur Gurung, CEO of the Kathmandu QVC. “The medical exam and fingerprinting will be completed and the ID will be ready before a worker goes to Qatar. The centre helps avoid cases of workers returning to Nepal for their failure to clear the medical test in Qatar. No worker has to pay for the medical test.”
Furthermore, the centre’s employees are fluent in English, Arabic, and other local dialects, making for easier communication whether by phone or in person. “We also provide consultation through our call station, and provide free SIM cards for successful applicants before they leave for Qatar,” he added.
The QVC also ensures that job seekers are not conned by manpower agencies who ask for money from applicants looking for overseas jobs. This also includes protection from employers once a job seeker already gets accepted. There must be transparency in the job contract that is verified. The job contract must be properly documented under supervision of the proper Qatari authorities. On the other hand, employees must also be fit to work and eligible for flight to the country, and they must be able to complete all relevant procedures like processes in acquiring a residence permit once he or she arrives in Qatar.
“They should provide all required documents to support the visa application. Thereafter, a copy of the work contract will be provided to the worker for review and e-signature before proceeding to obtain biometric data and conducting the medical tests. The worker will be given a copy of the contract after the completion of all procedures,” he continued. “The centre has brought in a very systematic wage protection system that prevents all kinds of exploitation and unethical, illegal practices by brokers or intermediaries. Employees are now able to get electronic contracts that ensure job security and protection from any form of exploitation. It has brought the relevant procedures under a single window system, and manpower and recruitment agencies are now obliged to strictly follow this system.”
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