Residency Permits in more than one GCC country

The Qatar Foundation publishes an Immigration and Related Services Guide for its employees

Now page 5 of this guide states:

"Those coming on Permanent Visa and have valid Residency Permit of any other GCC country are advised to cancel the same prior to their arrival as this will delay their Residency Permit process and they will need to pay additional cost. (Employee: QR.1500) (Family member: QR.500)."

The guide refers to delays in processing on another page in the guide as well. Now I'm wondering if this implies that IT IS possible except with an additional cost OR are these rules special for QF employees?

Another page in the guide discusses processing times with the following comment (Read the last bullet):

It might take more time for below listed cases.

  • Any one who arrive on Official Visit Visa and need the same to be replaced with a Permanent Visa.
    (This is necessary when there is not sufficient time to acquire a Permanent Visa).
  • Employee age 60 & beyond and under 35.
  • Any one who are holding GCC Residency Permit and like to maintain both.

Now this definitely implies that its possible... Comments anyone?

Oh BTW, I'm sorry if this guide is private property, its available on the web and I came accross it on Google (so blame them please!).

Comments

dweller

Why on earth would you need residence permits for more than one GCC country!

golu

I've got parents in Saudi Arabia that I'd like to visit every now and then. I'm willing to pay for the hassle of maintaining both permits, even though I understand that obtaining Qatari visit visa's for them shouldn't be a problem. It's obtaining visa's for Saudi thats a problem. Saudi Arabia is the only GCC country that doesn't issue on-arrival tourist visa's for GCC residents.

randelasalas

Ok thats a valid reasons, are you in QATAR now? and what happen to your Saudi visa?

golu

I've arranged to keep my Saudi visa but I want to get it cancelled IF it might give me trouble in Qatar.

Vishu

I have a residence visa of UAE, and will be getting employment visa of qatar. Can I get residence visa for me and my family without cancelling the work permit and residence visa of UAE. How much time generally it took in this type of cases. Somebody please advice.

vishu

Apple

You can only have one gulf residence visa to my knowledge. But not sure how much time it took, maybe other fellows can give you more input here. Good luck!

cyp

Obviously this response is kind of late but to those who are still wondering, yes it is possible... To have more than one GCC residence / work permit that is. I’ve UAE & Qatar both stamped on my passport and it only took like 3 working days after the finger printing process for the visa to be stamped. Aside from the 1,500 fee that your company should pay to have it processed, they’d only check if you have got the same sponsor from the other country.

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sly

I have a residenc permit in uae too and i am trying to get a residence permit here also. i have came here to doha last feb with my uae employer's consent they told me to send my passport for the rp cancellation so i did. after 2 days they sent me back my passport telling me that they have cancelled my uae rp already but there was no CANCELLED stamp on my uae rp on my passport. im wondering if this could affect my company here in doha in obtaining a RP for me.

some PRO said they could not give 2 GCC residence permit but some says its possible.

can you please advise if i could still get a RP here without any hassle.

sly

sly

I have a residenc permit in uae too and i am trying to get a residence permit here also. i have came here to doha last feb with my uae employer's consent they told me to send my passport for the rp cancellation so i did. after 2 days they sent me back my passport telling me that they have cancelled my uae rp already but there was no CANCELLED stamp on my uae rp on my passport. im wondering if this could affect my company here in doha in obtaining a RP for me.

some PRO said they could not give 2 GCC residence permit but some says its possible.

can you please advise if i could still get a RP here without any hassle.

sly

cyp

hey sly, sorry for the late response.. well i dont know much about the process, but yes it is indeed possible provided that you'd be under the same sponsorship.. i do travel to uae once every 2 weeks & so far haven't faced any problems yet & hopefully i wont :) -- as for your uae rp cancellation, they might have done that electronically... but still try to have it checked by someone back there if possible.

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Ramki

Sometimes what happens, while being employed in another country in GULF and due to buoyant market conditions, sometimes employers do not cancel the resident permit though employee properly resign and relieved from company premises. It is the employers responsibility to send a Public Relations Officer to the airport along with the employee to cancel the visa in the passport and also the residence permit. In some countries, like Oman, the employee can quit and exit the country (with visa cancelled in the Passport and Residence permit cancelled) and return within 1 week to another employer within Oman. Due to this policy of Oman Government, some employers loose their employees to other counterparts within Oman. So, rarely, employers take stand not to cancel the visa in the passport so that the employee cannot return to Oman for a minimum 6 months.(The rule says that if your residence permit is not cancelled or visa is not cancelled in the passport, you cannot enter again in employment visa to Oman for a minimum 6 months) . At the same time, in few cases, some employers do not wantonly cancel the visa in the passport thinking that the employee might return to Oman. As all agree, the employee can go to another country also for employment. In such cases, the persons will have already a resident permit in Oman before entering to another country like Qatar for employment.. I understand from the forum that Resient permit from other GCC to be cancelled before entering to Qatar. For no fault of employee, in this case, the Resident Permit will be open in Oman if a person chooses to go to Qatar.

1. Please advise what could be solution if someone do not have the visa cancelled in the Passport in Oman or not having the resident permit cancelled from Oman before entering to Qatar.
2. Does Qatar Government charge any penalty after landing in Qatar( employment visa) to cancel the Oman Resident visa.
3. Any cases happened to your folks though the employee properly resigns in Oman, clear the debt of loan from OmanBank and have a clean record in Oman, but due to the fault of employer at Oman, the employee facing problem in Qatar obtaining Resident Permit
Please guide and somebody share their thoughts in this matter.

Apple

I knew a friend. She went on vacation and never returned back to Qatar. She then applied and worked at UAE, but since her RP in Qatar still valid, her UAE company sent her back to her employer in Qatar to cancel her RP here which she did and went back to UAE and obtained the RP there.

I think same thing can happen to you, your Qatar employer will send you back to Oman for RP cancellation, of coarse with a job offer in your hands, so your Oman employer could believe you and will agree to cancel your RP.

golu

I got my Qatari RP after quite a few discussions with the personnel department on why I wanted to keep my Saudi RP. Eventually I got my Qatari RP valid for 1 year only. I have 1 year to either let go of my Saudi RP or have my Qatari RP renewed again for 1 year (which is fine by me).

I would not advise this to anyeone else, unless it was absolutely mandatory for you keep two RP's.

novita77

if you have a valid RP ... leaving the country and not coming back without cancelling it ... are you not consider as 'absconding'?

keepsmiling

dear friend novita

can i get my qatar work visa stamped in my passort

without cancelling my u.a.e work visa

if yes

the what should i do

waiting for your reply as it is veyr imp. for me

thnx in advance

keep smiling

Mahindra

As I undertand it is possible to have both UAE & Qatar residence visa by paying 1500 riyals.My question is..is it possible to get multiple entry business visa to Qatar?

My son is studying in Dubai & I donot want break his studies from his present school. I can cancell my UAE visa only in June (after the school term ends). Pls. somebody advise me!!!

Mahindra

I intend to travel via Soudi to Doha on road. Can I get my car (registered in my wife's name)with out any problems at both the borders?

How long I can use the car in Qatar with UAE registration
and me on business visa?

Mahindra

Hello friends I am still looking for advise...?!!!

batman79

Hello all, does anyone know if it is possible to hold a UAE Investor/Partner visa and a Qatar Residence Visa at the same time? Thanks!

baldrick2dogs

FYI, I have Qatar and KSA residence. I've not paid a penny more. My previous employer has kept my residence open so that I may return later (2 years exit permits= SR2000. New visa = SR2000. No brainer for them.) as my current project is 2 years and they have a 2 year gap till their next project :o)

All things are possible but a lot of it depends on wasta at both ends, and I guess, nationality, as a Filipino colleague was told he MUST cancel his UAE visa.

Monotone MIA

tannous

I know this question was asked on this forum few times already but with new immigration laws coming out in the GCC and with changing economic conditions I need to ask the question again just in case recent updates/development can be shared again. I now work with a multinational organization in the UAE and currently pursuing a new job with a semi-government organization in Qatar. Obviously I have a residency visa in the UAE so does my family. My question is related to my options if the new employer in Qatar extends an offer then the question what would I do. The dilemma is primarily due to the fact that my kids go to school in the UAE and they have to finish the year before we move. So, if I resign and manage to keep my residency in the UAE until May time for schooling related requirements can the new employer get me (only for myself for now) a work permit or residency in Qatar until my entire family moves to Qatar in June. Would be allowed to have both on my passport? Is this allowed by Qatar? Does it need to be residency permit in Qatar or can it be a simple work visa until my entire family move there in 4-6 months?

Your feedback is appreciated.

Jamal...

laxmiqatar

Dear All

I had been working in UAE for the last 3 years. I left UAE without cancelling my RP. It expired in February 2010. Now i am on business visit in Qatar. i got an offer from a company here. Can i get a RP here without cancelling the RP in UAE?

Please advise

laxmi

yv2r

A friend of mine have just resigned from a company as he has found another job here in doha, he says that he can come back with an exit and get his present RP cancelled on a GCC permit immediately and no need of 2 years ban period,is it correct ??

KHATTAK

As per Law...its possible...Fee is QR 2000/-

------------------------------------------------------Whenever I find the Key to Success, Someone Steals it.

yv2r

Khattak, what my friend is thinking is it correct to come back in GCC visa after cancelling his present RP, and he was told that fee is around 1800/-

abeeshsk

Dear all,
I have a residence visa of Saudi Arabia, and will be getting employment visa of qatar. Can I get residence visa for me without cancelling the work permit and residence visa of Saudi Arabia, Becoz I am on vacation ( India) now. How much time generally it took in this type of cases. Somebody please advice.

Abeesh

manasmanoj

I have got a job in saudi and supposed to join in October first week. But since my daughter is in 12th standard I wish to continue my family to stay in Doha until March'2011. My company here has agreed to not cancel my Qatar RP.
Once I go to Saudi in October is it possible to get my RP in Saudi even my RP at Qatar is not cancelled. Kindly advise.

jumpinjackoo

and i resigned via email to my boss while vacationing here in UAE. I a now a resident in UAE while my qatar visa is still valid until six months. no problem.

shadab121

If you are workin in Saudi Arabia having a Saudi RP with a good profession is enough, as for Bahrain Visa is free (14days) if you have a saudi rp compared to other gcc were they charge you 60 dhs for a 3 day visa. Travelling to uae, kuwait and doha will be coasting 100 Dhs which is cheap enough compared to geting a separate rp. Regarding oman i dont have any idea as i have not yet visited.

You can get multiple RP in gcc, as there's no prob. One of my uncle has 3 RP thats from Saudi, Bahrain & UAE.

1 Imran

can u tell how ur uncle got three RP?
I am having same problem. Me and my family have uae RP. Now I need to go to saudi arab for my business set up. but dont want to cancel my uae RP because of my kids studies what should I do?

dayamek

Without Cancelling the valid Qatar Employment visa i went to my native(India) by exit .may i enter to Saudi by employment visa.Please answer me Urgent

nadeem akhtar

i am having exit re entry from saudi can i join to qatar without final exit from saudi,my saudi employer is not giving me final exit.advise pls.i have to join doha soon

thawee_1

Hi

Currently I am residing in UAE under husband sponsored residence visa. If I get a job offer from Qatar. Without cancelling my UAE residence visa(husband sponsorship) Can I obtain a Work Permit Residence visa in Qatar. Because once in while I need to travel from UAE to QATAR. Both GCC countries need a valid visa to travel.
Please help

malik12311

i have multi re entry from sauddia arab can i go to doha qatar for visit i an pakistani national and i am electronics technition in saudia arab

Itsmeshey

Is it posible to have a resident visa in doha qatar, iam a immigrant here in US my husband working at qatar and we want to visit him once in a while, they say if iam a resident visa in qatar we can visit him without always applying for visa once we want to go to qatar? Is there any possible problem if i will have a resident visa in USA and in doha qatar? I dont want to lose my greencard in USA .... Thank you.... I hope anyone can help me, we will be living this october we will use the residency visa to qatar and i am wondering if this will affect my being an immigrant in US please someone help me!

NK83

Hi,

I am currently in Kuwait and will be moving to Qatar on a new job with a difference sponsor/employer. However, I am not willing to cancel my Kuwait residency.

Is this possible for me to get Qatar residency while retaining the Kuwait residency. Even if it is at a fees?

Thanks

nishadahmad

NK83, i am also in a similar situation as of yours and is trying to get a clear cut answer. can you please email me on nishadahmad@gmail.com with ur findings?
thank you.

nishadahmad

NK83, i am also in a similar situation as of yours and is trying to get a clear cut answer. can you please email me on nishadahmad@gmail.com with ur findings? I have to leave to Doha in a week because my entry visa will expire in a month.

One of my friend's friend in qatar told that Qatar does not allow multiple residencies at present, bcos many people from Dubai arrived in Qatar keeping many liabilities in Dubai, like bank loans.

thank you.

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