Qatar updates regulations and procedures for the entry process of a resident's family for visit and residency
04 Dec 2023News
A resident's family may now enter the country for visits and permanent residence under updated rules and procedures from the Ministry of Interior. The initiative's goal, according to a statement from the Ministry, is to "elevate the quality of services in alignment with the state's overarching approach." Sponsoring families must abide by the terms of the employee's electronic labour contract regarding housing and compensation under the revised processes.
Employees in the government and semi-government sectors are required to get family housing via their employer or maintain a wage of at least QAR 10,000, as attested to by a contract of employment.
Employees in the private sector must work in technical or specialised professions (as opposed to labour), earn at least QAR 10,000, or QAR 6,000 plus family housing as confirmed by the employment contract.
In addition, daughters must be single and children cannot be older than 25 in circumstances of family sponsorship. It is also required to offer health insurance that would cover them for the whole time they are in the nation, starting on the day of their arrival.
In addition, children between the ages of 6 and 18 who fall under the mandatory education age range must be enrolled in authorised schools within the nation or show proof of their enrollment abroad via the educational platform run by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. This prerequisite must be met in order for the residence permit to be issued or renewed.
The sponsoring resident's occupation must be in a non-labor sector and pay at least QAR 5,000 in order to be eligible for family visits. Family dwelling that has been approved by the appropriate authorities should be there. There is no age limit for the visitor as long as they are a relative within the acceptable ranges of the sponsored resident's relation; nevertheless, the visitor must have health insurance that will cover their stay in Qatar.
The Ministry added that the new policies and guidelines are currently in force. The General Directorate of Passports provides all of its services online via the Ministry of Interior's official website and the Metrash2 app in order to provide public comfort and ease.