* Disclaimer- All the information is to the best of our knowledge and is based on our experience and those of our friends.
After going through the “gruelling” process of getting a spouse RP stamped, applying for visit visas seemed like child’s play. (To know our interesting RP story click here http://jaznajalil.com/2014/06/28/how-to-get-a-qatar-rp-visa-for-your-spouse/)
We have had several family members visit us here in Qatar. Usually in batches of two! We have till date, applied for visit visas for parents and in laws (including brother in law). These are the steps we followed :-
STEP 1 – Getting the documents in order
Download, print and fill the requisite application form (http://www.moi.gov.qa/site/english/forms/index.html).
To fill the form in Arabic- Take it to the nearest “typing” centre and get it done for a nominal fee.
We also obtained a letter from the sponsor’s (in whose name the application is) company stating his/her position, salary and “no objection”.
Other documents submitted
- Copies of passports of individuals who intend to visit
- Copy of sponsor passport
- Copy of the sponsor RP page
- Copy of the Qatar ID (and carry the original during application)
The first time, we also obtained a statement from the bank (six months). But it was returned to us at the counter, apparently it is not necessary. Possibly because, we were already here as a family (with a valid RP) and therefore were in the 10,000 QAR and above salary bracket. This is just a presumption.
STEP 2 – Applying
Visit any of the immigration services centres (http://www.moi.gov.qa/site/english/channel/ServiceCentre.html) and submit the documents with the typed application form. No fee needed at the time of application.
STEP 3- Visa granted!
Each time, the visa was granted within 24 hours. Your can check online (by typing in the application no. and the passport details at http://www.moi.gov.qa/VsaWeb/Actions?action=getVisaInfoInput&language=English ).
Once the visa has been approved, a 100 QAR fee has to paid (visit a service centre)- 100 QAR per person, per month.
STEP 4- Extension and Medical Commission Testing
If the visitor intends to stay for more than a month, he/she will have to visit the Medical Comission for blood tests and Chest X-Ray. Once the results come in, visit the immigration service centre to pay a 100 QAR fee to extend for another month. Upto three months, things are fairly straight forward; any extension beyond that seems to be up to the discretion of the “captain”.
All the best, folks!
Hope your family comes in soon…
Kindly note– I do not claim to be an expert or an official spokesperson. All this information is to the best of my knowledge. Rules change every day. So, please do cross-check. This is how we did things. I remember being frustrated because we could find any information online. That is the only reason I am doing this- to help fellow expats.
Till next time…