Most people try to get into Qatar without a Resident Visa but with limited success. This is because the only way to get your visa is through presenting your Home Country Sponsorship Letter. The company must be established for longer than one year, should be an active company (meaning it’s not in liquidation) and it must be registered with the Qatari Chamber of Commerce. No other proof of income will be accepted by the government.
The resident visa or work permit as it is better known as serves as a sponsor to foreigners who wish to reside in Qatar and also to employers who have sponsored the employees.
Resident Visa In Qatar
If you intend to live in Doha for an extended period of time, you need to apply for a resident visa. This is a permit that allows you to stay in Qatar, and to remain at your current address. As soon as you have the resident visa, you can arrange all the paper work for your accommodation and start living there.
Residence and Work Permits
The issue of residence and work permits in the State of Qatar has become easy and simple following the recent amendements introduced by the Government on the Labor Law, which has been marked by having flexibility in protecting all rights of the two working parties. Therefore, you can bring your family, to live with you in Qatar. Meanwhile, your wife can work in Qatar, by registering in Recruitment Department at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs.
The Residency Permit – the basics
All newcomers wishing to work and live in Qatar require a Work Residence Permit (commonly referred to as an RP) for which they will need a Qatari employer (company or individual).
It is typically the responsibility of the employer to handle all paperwork required to obtain the Residence Permit on behalf of the expatriate. When a expatriates first enters Qatar, their employer will arrange for a temporary visa which is then converted to a Work Residency Permit – a process that typically takes 2-4 weeks and sometimes longer. Applicants may not leave the country during the period of visa-to-permit conversion.
The Residency Permit
Once an expatriate receives the Work Residence Permit, he or she can then access many other services, apply for further permits and licenses, sign a rental accommodation agreement, apply for a loan, and the list goes on.
Another key benefit of the Residence Permit is that it allows the worker to personally sponsor their immediate family members (spouse, sons, daughters) to join them and live in Qatar (see Family Residence Visa below).
Work Residence Permits are renewed annually by the expatriate’s employer.
Family Residence Visa – permission for your family to stay
Expatriates can sponsor their immediate family members. Every family member, including infants, must have an individual Family Residence Visa. The Visa can be purchased for a period of 1-5 years and is stamped in each family member’s passport.
Applicants are required to submit a number of documents, including authenticated marriage and birth certificates, no-objection letter and salary certificate from their employer.
Registering as a Working Woman
A woman who is in Qatar on a family sponsorship and who has approval from her husband may register to work without obtaining a separate work permit. Applicants may visit the Labor Department to complete the application process.
- Request to Issue or Reactivate Residence Permit by Visa NumberThis service enables individuals and establishments to issue a new residence permit (RP) for the expatriates who entered the country by a visa number and have no QID number.
- Apply for Consuming Approvals to Change Resident Permit SponsorshipResidents and companies may submit a request online through the Ministry of Interior (MOI) website to obtain the approval on changing their employer/sponsor.
- View My Visa ApplicationsMembers of the public may check for the latest status on a visa application online. This service allows the user to search and view visa applications based on his/her log in, and can display more than one application status at once.
- Business Leave NotificationAll expatriates except wives and children under the sponsorship of their family members are required to obtain a business leave notification when leaving Qatar.