Qatar’s New Residence Card : Top Questions and Answers

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[UPDATED : 26 February 2016]

In June 2015, Qatar’s Ministry of Interior announced that it will discontinue affixing Residence Permit sticker in expatriate passports. Instead of RP stickers, the new Residence Permit card will be used as travel document as well identity proof.

Considering that this would be new move affecting all expatriates in Qatar, NRICafe.com is trying to answer some of your possible questions, based on information provided by Ministry of Interior.

1. Will I still have RP sticker in my passport ?

No, the new residence card will replace residence permit stickers in the passports as well the existing ID card. The RP card will be the only document that proves the identity of the expatriate resident in Qatar as well his valid residence in Qatar.

2. When is this being implemented ?

The new system will be implemented starting Monday, 15 June 2015. It will be implemented gradually by issuing new residence cards for first time applicants and at the time of renewal of residence permit for existing residents.

3. My RP is still valid for few months. Should I apply for new Residence Cards now ?

No, you need not apply for new card as long as your RP is valid. You will get new RP card the next time you renew your RP.

4. Is the new Residence Card same as existing Qatar ID ? Is it more costly ?

The new card will be of similar type.  The design would be slightly different. The fee would be same as Qatar ID.

5. Are these smart cards with electronic chip?

Applicants can choose either normal residence card or smart residence card. The smart residence card will offer the same services rendered by the present smart ID card as per the request.

6. My kids doesn’t have Qatar ID card as their RP is in passport. Do they need Residence Cards ?

For the first time, the kids get a residence card which also serves as an identity card for them. This obliges separation of children added in the passports of their parents. Your kids will get this during the next RP renewal.

7. How can I renew my RP and get Residence Card ?

All residence renewal application for govt, public and private company sponsorships will be accepted only electronically. For family and personal sponsorship, applications can be done online or physically at MOI services centers. Residence renewal can be applied through Metrash2, MOI website and e-government website and get the card at applicant’s address.

8. What documents are required for issuing new Residence Card ?

Original passport should be produced for the first time only and renewal will not require the passport or any other documents. For renewal of children’s RP, you have to submit latest photo also.

9. How long is this card valid ?

The card will be renewed for one or two or three years or five years for some categories as per request for the same fee as before.

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10. What are the advantages of this change ?

The new card system will ease procedures, reduce rush at MOI centers and save passport pages of expats.  The new card system will ideally help the ministry in its bid to become paperless, and to speed up the process of obtaining visas.

11. If there are no RP stickers in passport, how do I enter/exit the country ?

Qatar residents should show the Residence Card whenever they enter and exit the country.

12. Will I have any issue while travelling abroad ?

Qatar has informed all countries as well as the airline companies around the world about the new system of Residence Card in Qatar and to consider it as the official document to prove the residence permit in Qatar. Airlines can verify validity and details of passenger’s residence permit via Interior Ministry website.

13. How many days does it take to get RP renewed ?

Renewal of RP and printing of new cards can be done within few minutes. However delivery time by Q-Post is not same for all. Some residents have complained that they did not get it even after 2-3 weeks, while it took only 2-3 days for some residents.

14. I am travelling next week. How can I get my RP renewed urgently ?

If you are planning to travel within few days, it is advisable not to opt for Q-Post delivery. If it is for someone on personal (or family) sponsorship, the sponsor can directly go to any MoI service center and get the renewal done on same day. If it is for someone on company sponsorship, the PRO / sponsor can try to do it get it done directly from MoI service center (in urgent cases).

15. My employer renewed my RP online, but the Residence Card has not been delivered yet and I need to travel soon. What should I do ?

If the renewal is already done online and Q-Post delivery takes longer than usual, PRO / sponsor can check with Q-Post Main Office. Q-Post officials can check on the system and try to locate them.

16. How can I track the status of my RP renewal ?

If you have Metrash 2 installed on phone, you will get notifications.

17. I lost my Residence Card inside Qatar. What should I do?

Visit any MoI service center with these documents : A request letter from sponsor / company, Company computer card, Copy of lost card – in case you have, Passport copy & Original passport. You will be charged QR 210 (to be paid using debit/credit card). Your sponsor / PRO can also do this for you.

18. I lost my Residence Card while abroad. What should I do to return back?

There are different options to this. Please refer to this link on how to proceed.

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If you have further questions, please fee free to ask through comments sections and we shall try our best to answer. Please avoid the questions already answered.

– NRICafe.com

771 Comments

  1. My family was travelling to India on 28/06/17 for 2 months vacation. On the previous day of travel I noticed that their RPs will not be valid until their return to Qatar and accordingly I renewed my wife and children RPs through Metrash (phone app). I opted to collect the QIDs from immigration office. I went to collect the RPs after 28th and Immigration is informing me that eventhough the renewal is effected, the RPs cannot be printed as status is “outside the country”.. The problem now is that without valid RP to demonstrate, my family will not be allowed to board the flights from India. I visited almost all the imigration offices in doha for a solution, but a solution is not offered yet. Looking for your valuable advice on this mater

  2. Venus Alcantara on

    If Qatar ID got expired, how many days or months extension or grace perion can i stay in Qatar without paying anything in the immigration the time i need to exit the country?

  3. maryjane utom on

    Im panic about this,schedule of my flight will be on sept 27 but this august 27 my eqama will xpire ,pls advice me

  4. I have special case to leave country and back to my home for few days.I’m holding working visa which is valid until 14 September But i’m still under medical check for RP. Is it posibble to leave contry without RP in this case

  5. Hi. Am a house wife.. mor i get call from ooredoo (fakecall) in viber.. they offer me a some prize but i get otp no in ooredoo msg queue.. i share me image of qatar id. Aft that they ask me 1200 rail halla card for that.i quit that call. Now am very affraid they misuse my id no .. am with husband depentatn visa. Please guide me. Am really worried what a great mistake i did..

  6. I resigned my job and I’m outside the country for more than six month and my RP valid till December 2017 . When I checked the RP status online it shows “Not allowed to enter the state of Qatar with this RP”.
    My company till now not cancelled my RP.
    Please let me know what’s the procedure I need to follow if I want to enter Qatar after 1year.

  7. hi,

    Currently my status of visa is “transferred to resident”, however i didn’t yet received any card.
    can i travel out of qatar with this above print out and exit permit?
    Kindly suggest me….

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