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Posted On: 7 April 2019 09:44 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:20 pm

Qatar opens 5 visa centres in India

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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The State of Qatar has opened five new visa centres in India as part of its Qatar Visa Centres (QVCs) project, launched last year, targeting eight labor-exporting countries.

The opening of the five centres in Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai, and Kochi, comes within the framework of the efforts of the State of Qatar to facilitate and streamline procedures for bringing expatriates to work in the country, as well as facilitating visa procedures of all kinds.

With the opening of the new five centres, the number of centres opened by the State of Qatar in India has increased to seven after the opening of New Delhi and Mumbai centers earlier this year.

Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, Director of the Visa Support Services Department at the General Directorate of Passports, said that QVCs project targets the opening of 20 service centers in eight countries: Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Tunisia. He pointed out that QVCs are characterized by rapid completion of procedures for the residency of expatriates and follow-up by the relevant authorities in Qatar.

Al Mohannadi added that QVCs are equipped with modern technological means to assist them in carrying out their duties, facilitating and simplifying procedures, and shortening the stages of completion of transactions, including fingerprinting, recording vital data, conducting medical examinations, and signing the contract of employment. He explained that this will help the expatriate to join his work after arriving in the state, and avoid the cases of return to their country due to incapacity.

Al Mohannadi stated that all applications for recruitment through QVCs are available on the website of the Ministry of Interior and Metrash 2. He added that the recruitment procedures are the same as the previous procedures, but was transferred from the State of Qatar to the countries of expatriates to facilitate the procedures.

He pointed out that the QVCs are operating in cooperation between the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in accordance with their competence to enhance the services provided.

QVCs are now opened in four countries Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. The QVCs project has been successful in providing distinct services in a simplified and more advanced way. (QNA)