Guide to Residency in Qatar

How to get residency in Qatar. A Guide for Expats, Retirees and Immigrants in Qatar.
|-Guide to Residency in Qatar

Obtaining a residency visa in Qatar is not always easy, but our Guide to Residency in Qatar gives newcomers an overview of the steps involved and advice from others who have already navigated the process.

  • Gather the necessary documents for residency status in Qatar. These include:
    • Valid passport
    • Copy of valid visa
    • Copy of valid entry permit
    • Copy of valid residence permit
    • Copy of valid work permit
    • Copy of valid Qatar ID
  • Visit the Ministry of Interior website and create an account.
  • Log in to the account and fill out the application form for residency status.
  • Pay the applicable fees for the application.
  • Submit the application form and the required documents.
  • Visit the nearest Immigration Department to complete the biometric process.
  • Wait for the approval of the application.
  • Once approved, collect the residency card from the Immigration Department.
  • Apply for a Tax Number from the Ministry of Finance:
    • Visit the Ministry of Finance website and create an account.
    • Log in to the account and fill out the application form for a Tax Number.
    • Submit the application form and the required documents.
    • Wait for the approval of the application.
    • Once approved, collect the Tax Number.

What tips do expats have about residency and visas in Qatar?

“If you plan to stay in Qatar for a while, you will need to obtain a residence permit. This document is issued by the Ministry of Interior and is valid for a period of one year. You may also need to apply for a visa, depending on your nationality. To apply for a visa, you will need to provide a valid passport, a completed visa application form, and other supporting documents,” said one expat living in Qatar.

“In order to visit Qatar, foreign nationals must obtain a visa prior to arrival. The process of applying for a visa involves submitting an application form, a valid passport, and a passport-sized photograph. Depending on the purpose of the visit, additional documents may be required. In order to obtain residency in Qatar, foreign nationals must obtain a residence permit. The process of applying for a residence permit involves submitting an application form, a valid passport, a passport-sized photograph, and proof of employment or sponsorship. Additional documents may be required depending on the purpose of the residency,” commented one member living in Qatar.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

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