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11 October 2018 06:07 am

First Qatar visa center opens in Sri Lanka today

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Visa Center In Sri Lanka

The Qatari authorities will launch the first overseas Qatar Visa Center in the Republic of Sri Lanka on Thursday, 11 October 2018, in a series of similar centers to be opened in eight countries as a first stage.  This initiative comes as part of simplifying the procedures of expatriates’ recruitment and to preserve the rights of all parties involved in recruitment.

The project is overseen by the of Recruitment Support Services Department at the General Directorate of Passports in collaboration with an assigned company as a service provider to take fingerprints and vital data and conduct medical examination of expatriates and complete signing contracts for work.
A number of government officials will attend the inauguration ceremony from Qatar and the Republic of Sri Lanka, as well as members of the Qatari embassy and media representatives in Colombo. These centers enable the government, private and recruitment enterprises in the country to complete the process of bringing expatriates for work from abroad and through a single channel, in order to speed up all procedures.
The services to be provided by the Sri Lanka Center and other centers to be opened later in a number of other countries include fingerprinting services for the expatriate worker, registration of biometric data, medical examinations and the signing of the work contract. The centers would ensure that these procedures are simplified, to document the contract of employment in his country, and to avoid cases of returning to the country in the event of incapacity to work, as well as it would enable expats starting work immediately after the entry to Qatar. The center of Sri Lanka, along with the other centers facilitates both the recruiter and the expatriate to play their role accurately through an integrated recruitment system. The role of the employer is to register the worker through the Ministry of Interior website, where the ministry assesses the registration process and then the employer pays the service costs through the ministry's website followed by the approval and extraction of the reference number to determine his role in the service center.
The role of the worker is to go to the Qatar visa center in his country and register his entry and then receive the contract of employment and sign it and then go to the fingerprinting and registration of vital data and medical examination in order to reach the final approval and issuance of the visa. These procedures take maximum one hour and the results of the tests will be known after 48 hours.
The project is implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It will be implemented in several phases and new services will be added in the future. The Ministry of Interior is seeking to expand the scope of the project, In order to make it mandatory for any visa applicant to conduct medical examinations and capture fingerprints and conduct all other tests before entering the country.
The authorities called on all companies operating in the country and providing Sri Lankan manpower to learn more about the new recruitment mechanism through the Ministry of the Interior website and Metrash 2 service.

Cover image courtesy of QVC