We've reported recently the Ministry of Interior Qatar's (MIO) new project Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) which seeks to provide express employment services for expatriates—at the comfort of their home country!
Fifteen days after the announcement, the first overseas QVC branch was inaugurated in Colombo, Sri Lanka last Friday (October 12) as a part of the efforts of Qatar to facilitate and streamline procedures for bringing expatriates for work.
The centre—which was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Qatar to Colombo Dr Rashid bin Shafea Al Marri—will provide various services including fingerprint services, biometric data process, medical examination and signing employment contracts.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Al Marri said, "The Qatar Visa Center in Sri Lanka is the first of its kind in the world. Colombo has been selected to open the first Qatari Visa Center due to the distinguished relations between Qatar and Sri Lanka."
He added that the centre will enable completion of recruitment procedures through one channel easily and within a short period.
After the ceremony, the attendees and guests toured the centre and learned about the departments and units of the centre and the facilities available in it. They also learned about the mechanism of work procedures from the time a person entered the centre to the signing of the contract and obtaining a work visa.
The service aims to ensure the speedy completion of expatriate workers’ transactions so that they can start work immediately after entering Qatar, and avoid cases of workers returning to their home country if found that they are not fit for the role for which they are recruited, according to an MoI statement.
The newly-opened QVC also enables government, semi-government institutions, private companies and recruitment agencies from those countries to complete work visa procedures through a single window ensuring a simplified and quick process.
Furthermore, expatriates will be able to review and sign their employment contracts while they are still in their home country.
This step comes within the framework of the expatriate workers recruitment strategy that simplifies employment visa procedures and protects the rights of all parties involved in the process.
The project is supervised by the Visa Support Services Department at the General Directorate of Passports whereas it has contracted with a company as the service provider to provide all the required services.
Colombo's QVC branch is part of similar centres that will be opened in seven more countries—Indonesia, Nepal, Tunisia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and the Philippines—in the first stage.
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