UPDATED : 23 NOVEMBER 2015
The standard immigration procedure for obtaining a residence permit is divided into the following stages:
- Medical Check: A blood test for HIV and TB and a chest x-ray.
- Fingerprinting: Once your medical results are published online, your fingerprints must be taken by the Criminal Evidence and Investigation Department (CEID).
- Residence Permit and ID card.
For employment visa, your company’s PRO or sponsor will apply for these through the Immigration Department.
Getting your RP takes about 2-6 weeks and you cannot leave Qatar during the process.
Qatar ID (Identity Card)
Once your RP is issued, you would be provided an Identity Card (Also called QID). According to Qatari law, all permanent residents in Qatar should carry the Qatar ID with them or at least be able to produce it when requested by an authorised officer.
The ID card is required for all dealings with Government ministries on daily basis. An ID card is often required for registration at clubs, bank accounts, schools, nurseries and so on.
Recently Qatar has replaced the RP sticker in passport with new Residence Card.