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Posted On: 31 August 2020 10:40 am
Updated On: 11 September 2022 05:13 pm

How long is the grace period for Residence Permit (RP) expiry or cancellation?

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Grace period residence permits penalties

A Residence Permit (RP) is issued to individuals who are working and living in Qatar. Residence Permits have a validity period that is subject to renewal or may be cancelled by the sponsor of the individual. The expiration date is also indicated on the front side of the Qatar ID.

Expired Residence Permit

It is advisable that individuals renew their RP 3 months before the expiration date. However, there is a grace period of 3 months after the expiration date before the individual is subject to fines. According to Hukoomi, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) allows individuals and companies in Qatar to renew residence permits online for 1 to 3 years. The service is available for Qataris, residents, and companies holding Qatari Smart ID Cards.

  • Grace Period: 90 days

RELATED: How to renew your Qatar ID (QID)

Cancelled Residence Permit

Once the employer or sponsor cancels an individual's Residency Permit, the individual is given 1 month to either transfer sponsorship or leave the country.

  • Grace Period: 30 days

What are the penalties for staying in Qatar beyond the RP expiry or cancellation?

  • Family Sponsorship RP: QR 200 per day
  • Company Sponsorship RP: QR 10 per day

    How to check RP validity?

    Individuals may check their QID validity through the Ministry of Interior (MOI) website or Metrash2 mobile application.

    Ministry of Interior wesbite

    Ministry of Interior website
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    • Access the MOI website.
    • Click on "Other Inquiries"
    • Fill in the QID Number
    • Enter the verification code from the picture
    • Click on "Search"

    Upon filling in the information needed, you will be taken to the documents information page linked to the QID number provided where you will see the validity of your QID/Residence Permit and passport.

    Metrash2 mobile app

    Metrash2 app
    Screengrab from Metrash2 app
    • Log in to the Metrash2 application
    Screengrab from Metrash2 app
    • From the home page, select "My Info" on the top menu.
    • This will take you to your legal information. Under the "Official Document" section, you will find the validity dates of your QID, passport, driving license, and even your last travel date.


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