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Posted On: 4 September 2018 09:25 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:19 pm

New permanent residency program approved for Qatar expats

Leena Chung
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The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani issued Law No. 10 of 2018 on permanent residency today.

The law is effective and will be published in the official gazette.

Under certain specific rules and regulations, expatriates are now permitted to obtain permanent residency permits of Qatar. These are given below:

1- The applicant should have completed 20 years in Qatar on a legal ordinary residency permit if he/she was born outside of Qatar. If the applicant was born in Qatar, the applicant needs to complete 10 years in Qatar. The residency duration must be consecutive without any breaks and should be prior to the submission date of the application for the permanent residency permit.
The continuation of the applicant's residency in Qatar should not be interrupted by staying outside the country for over 60 days in a year and the duration of the stay outside of Qatar will be deducted from the balance of the residency within Qatar.
If the applicant leaves Qatar after applying for the permanent residency permit for more than six months consecutively, the Minister of Interior (MOI)has the right to disqualify the applicant's previous residency duration in the country.

2 - The applicant should have enough income to cover the expenses of himself and his family. A cabinet decision will specify the applicant's minimum income along with exceptional cases.

3- The applicant should have a good conduct and reputation. The applicant should not have any previous convictions of any dishonourable offence unless he/she has been rehabilitated in accordance with Qatar's law.

4- The applicant should have sufficient knowledge of the Arabic language.

The provision of Article No. 1 is not applicable to some special categories of expatriates like the non-Qatari husband of a Qatari woman,any children of a Qatari woman married to a non-Qatari, a non-Qatari husband of a Qatari woman, an expatriate wife of a Qatari citizen, any children of a Qatari with naturalization, people with special capabilities who are needed by the state.

Clauses 1,2 and 3 will be applied on the expatriate husband of a Qatari woman,who applies for the permanent residency permit of Qatar.

The MOI will set up a permanent committee called the “Committee for Granting Permanent Residency Permit” which will be responsible for looking into applications for the permanent residency permit as per the provisions of this law.

The Committee will send its recommendations to the MOI which will make appropriate decisions about the applications.

According to the new law, only 100 applicants will be selected every year for the permanent residency permits. However, on the MOI’s request, HH the Amir may, at his discretion, approve more applicants every year.

Holders of permanent residency permits will be allowed to do business, without a Qatari partner, and invest in national economy sectors, which will be issued and identified by the Council of Ministries and the establishment of these businesses will be in accordance with the provisions of the law governing commercial companies.

The MOI will grant an ID card called the “Permanent Residency Permit” to the eligible applicant.

What do you think of this news? Have you lived in Qatar for more than 20 years? Were you born in Qatar? Are you eligible to apply for the permanent residency permit? Do let us know what you think of this new law in our Comments section. Like and share the article. It keeps us going!

Source: Amiri Diwan / The Peninsula Qatar