Qatar introduces new visa and business facilities

Qatar's Ministry of Interior announced Wednesday that it is embarking on the adoption of the service of issuing semi-government visas and completing the work of checking and documenting the files of workers and employees recruited through visa centers outside Qatar, in order to facilitate the recruitment of expatriates to Qatar and protect their rights.

The State of Qatar has announced a series of new facilities for expatriates to obtain visas and work procedures.

This came during a joint press conference of the Ministries of Interior and Administrative Development, on Wednesday, in the capital Doha, on updating laws and regulations governing the expatriates and the labor market.

"The new procedures will be introduced soon, allowing the children of residents to work in the private sector without the need to transfer their residence to these companies and keep their sponsorship on the head of the family," said Mohamed Ahmed Al Ateeq, Director General of Passports at the Qatari Ministry of Interior.

He pointed out that a new visa will be introduced for temporary work in some professions and jobs that meet the requirements of the labor market and create a suitable environment for domestic and foreign investment.

At the same time, Al-Ateeq revealed the introduction of a temporary work visa from one to six months, in addition to a 20% reduction in fees for e-services.

He also explained that temporary work visas will be granted to private companies, commercial establishments, and other licensed work entities in the country to perform some emergency, temporary or seasonal work.

The press conference stated that the visa fees for one month (one trip) will be QR 300 ($ 82.4), for two months (one trip) QR 500 ($ 137.3), and for three months to six months (for multiple trips) QR 200 ($ 54.9) ) Per month.

It is noteworthy that the number of expatriates in Qatar more than 2.1 million people, of nearly 100 nationalities around the world, representing 88% of the population in the country, mostly of Asian nationalities.

Meanwhile, the number of visitors to Qatar in the first eight months of this year rose 11.4 percent year-on-year to 1.346 million, according to official data.

The announcement of the Qatari Interior Ministry completes the project to complete the procedures of bringing foreigners through the Qatar visa centers, which aims to facilitate and simplify all procedures for entry into the country.

Protecting the rights and safety of expatriates, as well as scrutinizing and documenting their recruitment and accelerating their employment, according to Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, Director of Support Services for Recruitment at the Ministry of Interior.

Speaking at a symposium organized today, Al-Mohannadi explained to the representatives of the semi-government companies that the project is in its first phase targeting the expatriates from eight countries expected to host 20 visa service centers: Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Tunisia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the Philippines.

In October, Qatar inaugurated Sri Lanka's first overseas visa center, followed by the opening of two centers in the Pakistani cities of Islamabad and Karachi.

Al Mohannadi said: "Private companies and semi-government companies should commit to bring their workers through the Qatari visa centers in the mentioned countries according to the new electronic mechanism."