Qatar Permanent Residency Eligibility with Residence Card

As one of the world’s most rapidly growing economies, Qatar can be seen as the ideal location for you to obtain your dream job. With its title of having the highest income per capita in the world, Qatar is a land of abundant opportunities, with something for everyone, regardless of what skills and experience you hold.

If you are a foreign national looking to work in Qatar, you will need to have documents that prove that you have both a work permit and a permanent residence visa in Qatar. This was established in 2004 by law no.14 of under the labor law act.

In order to obtain these, this process will have to be initiated and sponsored by your employer.

At this point, you will understandably be feeling reservations about this entire process, however, if you contact us at S & F Consulting, we will be more than happy to help you with the process. As officially registered agents in Qatar, we act as the middle man between you and your sponsor, thus simplifying the process as much as possible. Therefore, enabling you to sit back and enjoy the process. In the meanwhile, we’ve provided a summarization of what the process entails, below.

If you are a foreign national looking to register your own business in Qatar, do read our guidelines here, as well as contact us if more help is needed.

Documents required to Obtaining a residence card in Qatar

In order to begin this process, you will require the following documents to be submitted and/or ready at hand:

A copy of your passport

Copies of all your identifying documents (birth certificates, etc.)

After your sponsor has filed for your applications if successful you will be asked to come to Qatar on a single-entry visa in order for you to begin the administrative work for your residence card in Qatar. This visa is valid for a period of three months so all relevant processes can be completed. 

Formal processes required

Once your sponsor has filed for your application, you will be required to take a medical examination.

The medical exam usually consists of the following tests:

  • A blood test
  • An X-ray of your chest
  • Screenings for the following diseases:
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Tuberculosis

In order to receive permission to do these tests, you will need to have the following documents ready:

  • Your original passport
  • Your debit/credit card (as no cash payments are allowed)
  • The receipt as proof of payment of QR 100

In addition to this test, you will be required by law to work under your sponsor for a minimum of two years before filing for employment elsewhere. To file for a different job, you will be required to switch to a different sponsor. Note, that this will only be approved if you’ve received a Certificate of No Objection from your initial sponsor. You should need to know about police clearance Qatar to stay there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a sponsor for this process?

The Qatar employment policy requires it.

Can I switch my job after my work visa is issued?

By law you may only switch your job after you have worked with your initial sponsor for a minimum of two years.

How long will this process take?

This process will take upwards of a month, but will not usually take more than three months.


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