Working/Resident Visa

By Mike Saunders

How long does it usually take for a visa to come through?  The company I am going to be working for applied for a Visa around 5/6 weeks ago and we are still waiting?

By Xena• 15 years 7 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
Xena

Guys,

Please could you be more specific about whether you are talking about a entry visa, to get into the country, or a residency/work permit which you get after all your medical tests and finger printing.

An entry visa, which could be either a visit visa, work visa or business visa, is normally issued within a few days of your company applying for it..... 10days the most. I have known them to take 2days.

But if you are talking about your residency/work permit, which you will only get once in the country, that will take anything up to two months.

Maybe due to the Asian Games, the entry visas are being slowed up, but generally, they don't take to long....

X

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
silvermoon100

Xena, yes, you can get into the country with the visitor's visa only and then you can wait for your working visa in the country. But usually the Company applies for the working visa/permit while you are out of the country (to make sure that you DO get a permit to work in Qatar), then the Company sends you a ticket. Once you are in the country they apply for your Permanent Residence, that's where you do your medical test and fingerprints. For example, for me as a canadian, I don't need a visa to entry the country (I can obtain a visitor visa upon my arrival in the airport), but I still do need a working permit to work in qatar. (And by the way I just GOT it!!) When I come to qatar next week, the company will apply for my residency..

good luck!!

By Terramax• 15 years 7 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
Terramax

Mike, welcome to Qatar. Waiting for visa is a part of the routine here. I've waited for mine for 2 months.

By swinglish• 15 years 7 months ago.
Rating: 4/5
swinglish

swinglish

Silvermoon....i can only speak of personal experience.....my husband and i were sent a ticket but had no Visa as of yet....we changed the date on it once the HR decided to let us come in to qatar on a visitors visa and they have dealt with it in country but believe me nothing will be done fast i think we were quite fortunant as my husband works for the gov. Therefore within 4-5 weeks he had his residency Best to check with your Employer

By Xena• 15 years 7 months ago.
Rating: 3/5
Xena

Silvermoon, it doesn't take very long to get visas done, meaning, not any of the initial ones, entry, work or business.

I got my job offer on the 15th July and had my visa and ticket two and a half weeks later. I arrived on 17 August and I already have my residency/work permit.

Usually companies already have the quota they can apply for, all it then requires is that they apply, get it approved and collect it.

X

By Don Corleone• 15 years 7 months ago.
Don Corleone

6 weeks, i hope it doesn't take 6 months

By Don Corleone• 15 years 7 months ago.
Don Corleone

Finally i received my visa today after 2 months of waiting, but to my surprise it is a busines visa valid for 6 months where it says also the profession. Doha here i come

By Don Corleone• 15 years 7 months ago.
Don Corleone

congratulations on ur visa, so all and all how long did it take u to get it since i've been waiting for mine for 6 months and still nothing yet

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
silvermoon100

I am a bit confused.. may we are talking about different kinds of visa. I was waiting for the business visa which I can use to entry the country.. it took about 2 weeks.. once I am in qatar, my company will apply for my Permanent Residency (or working permit).. I don't know yet how long it will take, but i will definitely let you know...:):):)

By Don Corleone• 15 years 7 months ago.
Don Corleone

i think you should start reading from top to botton:)

silvermoon, mine is not a buisness visa, i dont need one since a s a canadian i can enter without a visa, but i am waiting for my work visa

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
silvermoon100

randr88, are you still waiting in US? are you waiting for the working visa (PR) or for the visa to get into qatar? coz to get into Qatar you don't need visa as an american citizen, so you still can come over here and wait for your working visa here in qatar, if that Ok with your company, of course...

By Mike Saunders• 15 years 7 months ago.
Mike Saunders

Hi Silvermoon100,

I am waiting outside Qatar in the UK. Apparently Visas can take up to 8 weeks during normal periods and they applied for mine 2 weeks before the end of ramadam (about six weeks ago?) I am hoping it comes through within the next two weeks. However, I cannot then come out because all hotels are booked up until after the Asian Games. Hence unlikely to relocate until end of December/New Year.

By sammie1571• 15 years 7 months ago.
sammie1571

Asian Games has nothing to do with it i applied for a business visa on wednesday i got it today!

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
silvermoon100

I also would like to know the answer.. and also, I have heard that the issued visa is valid only for 2 weeks, after that it's expired.. is that true?

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
silvermoon100

my situation is funnier: i already have a ticket (for November 27!!!), but still NO VISA!! what to do???

By christhygesen• 15 years 7 months ago.
christhygesen

I am also moving to Qatar. The company did apply for our visa a week a go. So how long will we wait for it? Any idea

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
silvermoon100

Mike, did you get your visa? where are you waiting? in qatar or out of country? I also wait for mine one.. it has been for 2-3 weeks already.. just wondering how long it might take...

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
silvermoon100

thanks, swinglish... I will call them tomorrow..

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
silvermoon100

guys! the company sent me a ticket already, wich is in 1 week!!!.. but I still don't have a visa!! what should I do? should I come to qatar anyway and wait there? or ahould I stay in canada and wait here?? wow.. what a situation!!

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
silvermoon100

I am also canadian, hey? :):):) :):) so are you in Doha yet? I am coming there in 1 week - on Nov 28. :):):) see you one day .. :):):)

By Don Corleone• 15 years 7 months ago.
Don Corleone

no no ticket yet coz i still dont know the exact day. i am from montreal. see u soon:)

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
silvermoon100

I am HERE, and here is nice!!

By randr88• 15 years 7 months ago.
randr88

Same thing happened to me, don't sweat it they will be paying twice for the ticket if thye don't come across in time for the visa.

By FX• 15 years 7 months ago.
FX

Well, can someone please tell me whats the position of journalists there. Socially and professionally. i have heard they are not looked with respect. Aslo is the job worht financially.

By Diana• 15 years 7 months ago.
Diana

I know the guy who waited year and something for his RP. :)

By silvermoon100• 15 years 7 months ago.
silvermoon100

hey!! I am happy for you!! have you got your ticket yet? what city are you from in Canada? I am from Toronto.. ok see you in Doha!!! :):):)

By Don Corleone• 15 years 7 months ago.
Don Corleone

hey there:) no i am not in doha yet, i am still waiting for my visa but i should be there in december, see u there

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