Permits in Qatar
Work permits may be
obtained only by local sponsors. Employees satisfying
certain criteria may sponsor their immediate family to
enable them to obtain a residence permit. Holders of
work visas require an exit permit to leave Qatar,
however, their dependents do not require such a permit
while traveling abroad.
It is essential for
permanent residents in Qatar to obtain an identity card.
The ID card is essential when dealing with Government
ministries on a day to day basis.
There are no
restrictions on the employment of women. Opportunities
for such employment are determined by market demand and
lie mainly in the teaching and medical professions, and
in administrative work.
residence permits are made after arrival in Qatar
through the Immigration Department. These are becoming
increasingly straightforward to arrange, and are
normally available within 6 weeks of arrival. Family
dependentsí also receive residence permits, and are
deemed under the sponsorship of the family member
employed in Qatar.
For long-term visitorís and residence
visas, it is necessary to complete various health and
fingerprint examination procedures.
Most companies have
well established departments to assist new arrivals in
the completion of all necessary formalities.
A person employed in Qatar may not work for anyone other
than his or her sponsor. Sponsorship cannot be
transferred until an employee has worked with the
original sponsor for at least 2 years, and has been
granted a release letter by that sponsor.
Foreigners resident in Qatar are advised to register
with their embassy on arrival.
All residents driving vehicles in Qatar are required to
hold a valid Qatari driving license. These are obtained
after the residence permit has been issued, and usually
involve a driving and eye-vision test.
In order to receive medical treatment from clinics and
hospitals, it is necessary for foreign residents to
obtain health cards. On payment of a nominal fee (QR 100
per person), these are issued by the nearest clinic on
production of relevant residence permits. Health cards
must be shown on all clinic and hospital visits.