All seven Qatar Visa Centers now open in India
In a move to make it easy for Indian expatriates to acquire a visa to Qatar and enjoy a number of visa-related services in the comfort of their homeland, seven Qatar Visa Centers (QVC) have been opened in different cities of India.
Director of the Visa Support Services under the Ministry of Interior (MOI), Major Abdullah Khalif Al Mohannadi made the announcement last month at a seminar in Doha.
As reported by Gulf Times, all seven QVCs are now operational in Indian cities: New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kochi.
The first Center opened in New Delhi on March 27 in the presence of senior officials of both countries.
The State of #Qatar launched its first Qatar Visa Centre (#QVC) in #India today, Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at the capital city of New Delhi in the presence of officials from both countries. #MoIQatar #QatarVisaCentre pic.twitter.com/FT5hpGDUY2— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) March 27, 2019
The openings of the QVCs will streamline and ease the visa procedures for Indian expatriates travelling to Qatar for work, the MOI has said.
With the opening of these seven centers in India the total number of QVCs established by MOI has reached 12 including centers in other countries such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Major Al Mohannadi stated that MOI targets the opening of 20 such centers in eight countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, and Tunisia, according to The Peninsula.
He further mentioned that these QVCs will expedite the process of various services by the authorities concerned in Qatar for expatriates.
The State of #Qatar represented by #MoIQatar opened Qatar Visa Centres #QVC in Indian cities of #Kolkata, #Lucknow, #Hyderabad, #Chennai and #Kochi in addition to #NewDelhi and #Mumbai where QVC’s were opened earlier. #QatarVisaCentre pic.twitter.com/QURXzvEu1J— Ministry of Interior (@MOI_QatarEn) April 6, 2019
“QVCs provide expatriates with a wide range of services, including fingerprinting, biometric data recording, medical examinations and employment contract signing before their departure to Qatar,” Major Al Mohannadi said.
“Besides, they ensure the protection of both expatriates' and employers' rights. The QVCs will help avoid cases of an employee returning in case of ineligibility and will also enable employees to start working at the earliest once they arrive in Qatar,” he explained.
Highlighting that this new imitative by Qatar’s government aims to ensure the protection and safety of expatriates coming to Qatar for work.
The employer has to start the initial registration through the MoI website (www.moi.gov.qa) or app, Metrash2.
The recruitment procedures are the same as before, but have been transferred from Qatar to the expatriates’ own countries.
The QVC services will be available from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm, and customers can contact the centers by telephone at 00914461331333 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Taking a tour of the newly launched Qatar Visa Center with the Ambassor of Qatar to India, Mohammed Khater Al Khater and Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, director of Qatar Visa Center, Dept of Ministry of interior. pic.twitter.com/yU6BZ7W96T— Vikas Kumar Gurjar (@VikasMikaGurjar) March 27, 2019
Locations of QVCs in India (As shared by Gulf Times):
- New Delhi: Unit No 2, lower ground floor, Parsvnath Mall, Akshardham Metro Station, Akshardham, New Delhi - 110092
- Mumbai: Hallmark Business Plaza, Sant Dyaneshwar Marg, Near Gurunanak Hospital, Bandra East, Mumbai - 400051, Maharashtra
- Chennai: Shyamala Towers, first floor, East Wing, 136 Arcot Road, Saligramam, Chennai - 600093
- Hyderabad: ground floor, South Wing (Krishe Block), Krishe Sapphire Building, Hitech City Road, Madhapur, Hyderabad - 500081, Telangana
- Kolkata: Bengal Intelligent Park, Gamma Building, first floor, Block EP and GP, Sector V, Salt Lake Electronics Complex, Kolkata - 700091, West Bengal
- Lucknow: BBD Viraj Towers, second floor, TC G/1A - V/3, Vibhuti Khand, Shaheed Path, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow - 226010, Uttar Pradesh
- Kochi: Door No 38/4111/D, ground floor, National Pearl Star Building, near Changampuzha Park Metro Station, Edappally, Kochi - 682024, Kerala.
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Kindly advise if the same procedure can be completed here also. Because every indian is not residing in india. For example a person in Kuwait willing to join work in Qatar may not be comfortable in travelling to India to complete the procedures.
Also there should be a dedicated Qatar telephone number and email to register compaints for these Qatar Visa Centre