MoI highlights terms for permanent residency
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has reiterated the conditions that have to be met by non-Qataris seeking to apply for the permanent residency (PR) card and the procedures involved.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani had issued Law No 10 of 2018 on permanent residency for non-Qatari individuals in September last year.
In a video posted on social media yesterday, the MoI said one of the conditions is that applicants must have completed 20 years of residency in Qatar if they were born abroad or 10 years if born in Qatar.
The applicants must have adequate income to cover expenditures for themselves as well as their family members. They should also be of good behaviour and reputation, and should not have previously been convicted by a final verdict, the advisory states.
Also, the applicant should have sufficient knowledge of the Arabic language.
The following categories of applicants are exempted from these conditions: children of a Qatari woman married to a non-Qatari man; non-Qatari husband of a Qatari woman; non-Qatari wife of a Qatari man; children of a Qatari by naturalisation; those who have provided great services to the state; and persons with special capabilities needed by the state.
Applications need to be submitted through the electronic services portal of the ministry’s website. If the applicant fulfils the requirements, she/he will be contacted by SMS to submit the necessary documents.
The applicant will pay the prescribed fee of QR3,000.
If eligible for permanent residency, the applicant will be contacted to complete the procedures and obtain the card at the nearest services centre. The applicant is required to pay a final fee of QR3,000 upon collection.
The initiative to grant permanent residency to non-Qatari individuals is expected to help increase investments and attract more capital, contributing to further economic growth in the country, while the State can also benefit from people with special competencies.
The rights and privileges a PR cardholder would enjoy in accordance with the law cover areas such as health, education, investments among others.