Transfer between Qatar and United States Campuses

Changing between a Qatar campus position and a United States campus position impacts your eligibility for your benefits. Benefit changes are effective the first day of the month following the transition; arrangements can be made to allow for the benefits transition up to 60 days prior to the move for existing Northwestern University employees.

Moving to Doha, Qatar:

  • If you transfer from a United States position to a Qatar campus position you must change your benefit elections online via myHR within 31 days of the change in employment status to elect the international benefits through Cigna International. The international plans will not populate as an option until 24-48 hours after your job transfer is recorded in myHR.
  • Faculty and Staff hired directly into a Qatar campus position will complete their benefit elections online through myHR within 31 days of their hire date.
  • Same-gender partners are not recognized as eligible dependents under the Cigna International benefits plan.

Returning from Doha, Qatar:

  • If you return to the United States after holding a Qatar campus position, you are no longer eligible for international benefits. You must change your benefit elections online via myHR within 31 days of the change in employment status to update your enrollment. The stateside plans will not populate as an option until 24-48 hours after your job transfer is recorded in myHR.