Work Permits in Qatar

Work 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.

Applications for 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 dependents also receive residence permits, and are deemed under the sponsorship of the family member employed in Qatar.

For long-term visitor's 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.

Related link : The Labour Law

Driving License

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.

Health Cards

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.

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