Visa information

By bvv75

Hello everyone,

Good website and great people. I have read many of the posts and found them to be very informative about Qatar. I’ve been offered a job in QP. I have send all the relevant documents to them by mid Feb '06. Now I am waiting to hear from them about my Visa.

I had a few queries w.r.t Qatar.

1. How long does it take a company like QP to get a visa? What is the difference b/w an entry visa and a work/residence permit?

2. Other than the local health examination / finger printing (I gather it is very messy ;-)) what are the other mandatory procedures to be done on arrival?

3. How much time would it take to obtain a driver’s licence?

4. I am on a family visa. However I plan to travel alone initially. How easy would it be for me to bring my family to Qatar? Is there any website with the requisite information?

Appreciate any info you can provide on the same. Thanks in advance.

Best Regards.

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By dweller• 15 years 2 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
dweller

Anayeb,

The visa will be an antry visa that will cover you for the short visit. It shouldn't take long to issue and you may not actually receive it. You may receive a letter (or e-mail) from QP that you can show to the airline advising that one is waiting for you upon arrival in Qatar. You will probably receive a PTA (Passenger Ticket Advice or PTA number) that you can confirm with the airline.

You will probably be shown around Doha (after the interviews) with particular attention to the temporary accommodation provided (probably for the initial 3 month period) and other facilities.

Unless things have changed dramatically the above is probably correct.

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

I just finished getting all this stuff done myself so I'll try and help you out a bit:

1. The time to get your work visa depends on how the immigration office feels - expect 6 weeks or so. The difference between the visit visa and residence permit is that without your residence permit, you can't really do anything (except what a visitor would do) such as get a bank account, buy a car, get a cell phone, etc. You can arrive with a visitor visa and have it converted once your here (in case you're in a hurry).

2&3. To get a driver's license, you have to take an eye exam (really basic). A temporary drivers license is 150QR and when you get your permanent drivers license (after your residence permit) you pay 155QR. The licenses take about 1 day to actually receive after putting in the papers.

4. Can't help you with this one - I came alone. Try this website: http://www.e.gov.qa/eGovPortal/index.jsp

Just for general information: I came on a visit visa and had it converted to a work visa and got my residents permit and it ended up taking right at 8 weeks total for everything.

Hope this helps, good luck.

By Dilshad• 15 years 4 days ago.
Rating: 5/5
Dilshad

Visa information

I have submitted all the medical documents to QP on last week.They interviewed me in India.I have done the medical in India and send the document.They will send the entry visa first or the work permit visa.How much time it will take to get a visa after submittig the medical documents.If they are sending the entry visa ,work permit visa will be getting only after arriving in qatar.In that case family can also take along with entry visa.

By Moudir• 15 years 2 months ago.
Rating: 5/5
Moudir

Dweller, things have apparently changed,

the 3-month temporary accommodation period is gone... QP is taking charge of full accommodation with no allowances paid for housing.

Moudir

By tg• 15 years 4 days ago.
Rating: 4/5
tg

Missed your second Question..Yes Family can fly with you on a "visit Work Visa" Issued by QP..which is later converted to your sponsorship once your resident permit is stamped..

My suggestion..Always insist on bringing your family with you..it is really helpful during the initial setting up process..

I suspect..your being a One year contract they will insist that you stay in their compound ..which is a good facility compared to the commercial compounds which are too pricey..

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

Also be warned - the driver's licence office DOES NOT ACCEPT CASH - you must use a cashcard or credit card... I got caught out... :)

By steamy• 15 years 1 month ago.
Rating: 3/5
steamy

Qd06

I think every case is diffrent. Based on my inquiry getting WORK visa takes 2-8 weeks. I guess it all depends on, your sponsor, your position and probably your nationality.

If you look at the post above someone indicated that it took 4 weeks to get an ENTRY visa for him, however, for me it took 4 days .

I just sent all my documents to QP so they can apply for work visa. I had interview and med exam in doha in mid april. I also like to have a more realistic estimates as how long it takes to get work visa.

By tg• 15 years 4 days ago.
tg

Your visit Visa will have "WORK" written on it...The Visa is an entry visa into Qatar..Then QP within 8 Weeks arranges a "residence Permit" for you which is Valid for 3 years (For "Q" Employees only..Others generally have it for 1 Year)...

Your visa could arrive within 3 weeks..or more depending on your mobilization schedule...

After arrival at Doha..you will have to undergo medical again..Pay special attention to "audiography" test..

further questions??: continuing_infoway@yahoo.com

By bvv75• 15 years 2 months ago.
bvv75

Anayeb,

The entry visa took a month. I am told that the work visa processing will start only after arrival in Qatar. The entry Visa is valid for a couple of months after arrival in Qatar, during which QP will initiate the process of obtaining the Work Visa.

As you correctly said, QP will conduct the medical examination in Qatar. In my case I had met the QP people when they came down to India. They discussed a sample contract with me and later send an almost similar contract to sign and return by mail. I think all discussions on the same should happen prior to travel.

With respect to the time frame involved in getting the Work Visa, Chemist in an earlier post has mentioned a period of 8 weeks to get the Work Visa and the residence permit after arrival.

Hope this helps and thanks all for the info.

Best Regards

By flower little• 13 years 3 months ago.
flower little

My husband got his residence permit and he's in Qatar. This week his company has handed over the visa documentation to the immigration office for me to get a visa. How long does it take for them to issue my visa? It took over two months for them to issue my husbands residence permit.

By anonymous• 10 years 9 months ago.
anonymous

Hi,

Qatar is a very nice place to live with so much job opportunities. I've been hearing a lot of people being offered nice job and nice pay with great benefits.

Most of them didn't think twice since Qatar is known for having nice employers. Most of these people hired from other country didn't have any problem when they came here in Qatar.

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By Moudir• 15 years 2 months ago.
Moudir

bvv75, anayeb, etc.,

In order to avoid confusion, i think one has to stick with his or her contract offer and discuss it with your HR rep.

There seem to be a variety of scenarios for housing and transportation allowances, according to your job grade, marital status and most importantly your job 'location'.

Reading posts on this site, one would think it's total chaos out there, there is no uniformity and there's a new system every day. I do sincerely 'hope' that there are clear corporate guidelines that HR reps understand and apply. Each case seems to be unique and you can't compare.

One thing remains: you have to understand and accept your own contract conditions, and if you don't, keep asking questions to your HR rep.

Moudir

By anonymous• 15 years 4 days ago.
anonymous

I think you are right on this one. QP is an expereinced Company and a Government owned one so there the pilimaries are much easier. In fact if they need you quickly they will process your documents accordingly.

Other companies might not be so lucky in processing documents - it's the luck of the draw.

I am afraid TG I am not with you on bringing the families at the same time - if there are small kids it is better that their home is already settled and they can just move in. Security and the feeling of having a home means a lot to kids when they are going through a change.

By sammie1571• 14 years 7 months ago.
sammie1571

Also it depends where you come from as if you are not european it does take longer for a visa to come through!

By sammie1571• 14 years 7 months ago.
sammie1571

Also it depends where you come from as if you are not european it does take longer for a visa to come through!

By anayeb• 15 years 2 months ago.
anayeb

Hi everyone

I just sent my passport copy to QP so they get me visa for a visit. I guess it is an entry visa not work visa, since they are inviting me to go there for a couple of days. But, they did not tell me how long it takes to issue the visa. Does anyone have any idea? I need to plan and have no clue.

Thanks

By bu bu• 14 years 7 months ago.
bu bu

Same with nsy76, my husband already signed an Offer Job for a company at qatar since Sep 2006 but he not received visa yet. SOme of friend said during Ramadhan qatar employee only work for half day. It could make visa process become slower. The situation became bad because of Asean Gamaes. Maybe....

By Moudir• 15 years 2 months ago.
Moudir

No dweller, the probation period remains.

Except that, instead of paying a fortune on housing, plus getting people's continuous complaints about landlords etc., they've said fine: we'll take care of housing, but no more allowance. It seems to be a very sneaky decision and i don't want to go into detail here (on the Web) for obvious reasons, cuz it has many other ramifications which can only be seen if one has abundant grey substance. May be another time.

Moudir

By Safwany• 15 years 2 months ago.
Safwany

issuing a visa doesn't take much time, maybe 13-14 days.

Ayman

By anayeb• 15 years 2 months ago.
anayeb

Bvv75

is it your entry visa that took a month or work visa?

I am waiting for an enty visa to Qatar for a two-day visit with QP. Since you have gone through it can you tell me how it works? I guess when you go there for vist they give you the offer and do med exam on you. And then, they will apply for work visa for you whichmay take a month ....is that correct ?

Thanks

By sammie1571• 14 years 7 months ago.
sammie1571

Depends as they could reject your visa they never say say though! It should take about 2 weeks!

By bvv75• 15 years 2 months ago.
bvv75

Hi everyone,

I got my entry Visa a couple of days back. It took approximately a month from the time I sent in my medical documents to QP.

My offer letter still mentions the 3 month accomodation followed by the housing allowance. As MOUDIR mentioned earlier, if they have done away with the housing allowance, when will they communicate the same? I am on a fixed term contract, having a 3 month probation period...

Planning to travel in June. How would the weather be at that time of year?

Best Regards

By bvv75• 15 years 3 months ago.
bvv75

Thanks Helloqatar.

Best Regards

By anonymous• 15 years 4 days ago.
anonymous

HSBC does a better job as they furnish down to the last item

By bu bu• 14 years 7 months ago.
bu bu

Sammie1571

I am from Indonesia. How long it took for visa?

By nsy76• 14 years 7 months ago.
nsy76

Hi, every body

I am new in forum

Need help from you all to answer these question

I have been signed an Offer of Employment from RasGas in 14th October 2006, now I am waiting for my Visa, exactly how long the visa will be sent to us from the Offer of employment I have signed,

I heard from my friend, the Visa is pended until the Asean games is finished, is it true or not

When is exactly I will get it?

Thanks all for your help

By metoo• 15 years 1 day ago.
metoo

It takes more than 8 weeks.

By dweller• 15 years 2 months ago.
dweller

Moudir,

OK

By dweller• 15 years 2 months ago.
dweller

Hallelujah Moudir and thanks for that info,

I was against doing away with the free housing in the first place. It's taken a long time for them to realise that it is required. Have they also done away with the 3 month probationary period?

The temporary housing was initially for families to settle and see in which area they wanted to live.

By metoo• 15 years 1 day ago.
metoo

Steamy, sometimes it takes more than 8 weeks, I am wondering why it take that long? Are there a lot of poeple comming, at this time , which cause delay for getting visas.

By anayeb• 15 years 2 months ago.
anayeb

Moudir

If you have updated info about QP relocation procedure can you feed me please?, I have an offer and I need to plan ahead.

any infor about temporary accomodation, relocation or furniture allowance for north american employees, visa applicationa and family relocation

thanks

By Helloqatar• 15 years 3 months ago.
Helloqatar

Try this website

http://www.moi.gov.qa/English/index.htm

By toksyb1• 15 years 3 months ago.
toksyb1

Chemist really answered these question. I had the same concern as bvv75 and Chemist response seems to be all I needed.

Thanks

By jao_2006• 14 years 2 months ago.
jao_2006

Hi everyone!I work in HMC and I recently got my QID . I would like to get my husband and my son and bring them here in qatar. Can I get a visa for them now? What visa will I get for my husband? how about for my son?What are the requirements? What are the procedures? Thanks and your info is a big help for me.

By qd06• 15 years 2 months ago.
qd06

What are some of your experiences with the work visa? I know they say approximately six weeks. I think that is the official wording. I have been waiting a while for a visa. I am just wondering if it is politics within the organization or redtape from the government.

Abdul Qaadir

By metoo• 15 years 1 hour ago.
metoo

Anyone here tooks around or more than 8 weeks?

By dweller• 15 years 2 months ago.
dweller

This was a duplicate of the item below.

By tg• 15 years 4 days ago.
tg

CB

I said that because I KNOW that QP accomodations are fully furnished minus bedsheets and utensils..

By sammie1571• 14 years 7 months ago.
sammie1571

Just to let everyone know i have just got ANOTHER business visa for a memeber of staff it took 5 days!

By paradox3696• 13 years 2 months ago.
paradox3696

Chemist:

 

Were u allow to start working immediately upon arriving on Visit Visa?  thanks 

By Travler• 13 years 3 months ago.
Travler

I have just been offered a job with QG and am courious what I would need to do to obtain a visa for my fiance to accompany me. I am an American but she is from Kazakhstan... Can anyone point me in the right direction to get the necessary info??

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