How to Apply for a Qatar Work Visa

Find out how to apply for a Qatar work visa and work permit, including the documents you’ll need, the cost, and how long it takes.

Check your eligibility.

Before applying for a work visa, you must check your eligibility.

  • Check if you need a visa. If you are planning to stay in Qatar for more than 90 days and have no other residency status, then a temporary resident permit may be required by the Ministry of Interior (M.O.I.).
  • Check if you are eligible for a visa or residence permit. Your nationality, country of origin, age, and marital status will determine whether these documents are necessary before applying for any type of visa or residence permit in Qatar.

Get a police clearance certificate.

To apply for a Qatar work visa, you must get a police clearance certificate.

Go to the standard operating procedures (S.O.P.) website of the Ministry of Interior of Qatar and click “Nationality” to find out what documents are needed by citizens from different countries who wish to work in Qatar.

  • Apply for a Certificate of Good Conduct.

If you are applying for a certificate of good conduct, your home country will need to prove that you have not been convicted of any crime in the past ten years.

Make sure your sponsoring employer may apply for a Qatar Work Visa on your behalf.

Before you begin, make sure that your sponsoring employer is authorized to apply for a visa on your behalf.

If they’re not and you apply without authorization, your application may be rejected.

To find out if your employer is an approved sponsor, check their website or call them and ask if they have any questions about their ability to sponsor foreigners in Qatar.

Have your sponsoring employer apply for a Qatari Residence Permit (R.P.) for you.

The R.P. visa allows you to work in Qatar, live in Qatar, and travel between the country and its citizens.

The R.P. can be applied for at the same time as your visa application, but it’s not required if your employer has already purchased one of these permits on their behalf.

Your employer will submit the documents required to apply for the R.P. online or in person.

Your employer will submit the documents required to apply for the R.P. online or in person.

  • You must have a sponsoring employer who can provide proof of legal employment, including:
  • A copy of their company’s license (if they are an individual), business registration certificate, and I.D. card.
  • Your employer will also schedule an appointment for you to have your biometrics captured at an Identity & Passport Authority branch.
After the biometrics are captured and verified, the R.P. will be sent to you by courier from Qatar’s Interior Ministry.

After the biometrics are captured and verified, the R.P. will be sent to you by courier from Qatar’s Interior Ministry.

The work permit application process can take anywhere from 3-5 days, depending on where your biometrics were sent.

Check if you need any other permits to work in Qatar, like an approval letter from the government of Qatar.

You might need an approval letter from the government of Qatar if you’re not working in one of their approved jobs.

An approval letter is a document that shows that your skills and qualifications are up to par for certain jobs or that you have completed specific training courses or workshops.

Here’s how to apply for a work visa in Qatar

Qatar Residence and Work PermitsThe first step to applying for a work visa in Qatar is to determine whether you’re eligible. You’ll need:

  • A police clearance certificate (if you’ve ever been arrested)
  • A certificate of good conduct (if you have any criminal convictions)
  • An invitation letter from your sponsoring employer and their authorized representative(s). This can be an official letter or email from the company’s H.R. department or head office.

But, it must state that they have permission to sponsor you on behalf of their company and that they will pay all fees associated with obtaining a Qatari residence permit (R.P.). If no such letters were issued, then this means that the sponsoring employer does not know about this process yet; but, if there are still questions about whether they can apply for one themselves without further communication between the parties involved, then contacting us will help clarify things further before proceeding further down this path!

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