Qatar Family Visa Status Guide: Fee, Processing Time and Fingerprints

Qatar family residence visa status guide

If you’re working in Qatar and want to bring your family, including your spouse and children, to stay with you for the long term, you can sponsor them for a family residence visa. However, there are specific requirements that you need to meet in order to do this.

To be eligible to sponsor your family, you need to meet certain criteria related to your profession, salary, and accommodation. In addition to this, certain documents such as a marriage certificate, birth certificate, educational certificates, and bank statements need to be attested.

What is a Qatar Family Residence Visa?

In Qatar, foreign workers have the opportunity to sponsor their immediate family members, which typically includes their wife and children, so they can join them for an extended stay. It’s important to note that each family member, even infants, must have their own Residence Visa.

Our blog will guide you through all the details you need to know about obtaining a Qatar family residence visa, including the necessary documents, visa fees, and a step-by-step application process. So, if you’re planning to bring your loved ones to Qatar, keep reading for a comprehensive guide.”

Documents required for Family Visa Application

  • Complete visa application form
  • Copy of Passport with photo page and Bio page
  • Copy of Sponsor QID
  • Passport copies of all family members
  • Attested copy of marriage certificate by Qatar embassy. (Note: Qatar embassy in applicant’s country or Applicant’s country embassy in Qatar and Ministry of foreign Affairs)
  • Attested copy of each child birth certificate
  • NOC from applicant’s company and Letter should be in Arabic with date not more than three months back. Salary details with Certified copy of job contract. 
  • Copy of tenancy contract attested by municipality.
  • Bank statement for the last six months
  • Copy of Employer ID or Company Registration
  • Attested Educational Degrees or Certificates
  • Translation of Marriage, birth and education certificates.

Latest Updates and News for Qatar residence family visa

January 2024 Update Documents Required

Information available on the base of applicants experience

Family Residence Visa

Since last week of October, the Metrash application process has introduced some changes. Now, applicants are required to submit additional documents to complete their applications. These documents include:

  • A Salary Certificate
  • The Husband’s Salary Certificate
  • A Resident or Passport Copy of the Husband
  • A Copy of the Employment Contract

If you have  submitted your application before these changes, you may have received a “Missing Documents” notification. While the reason for this requirement change hasn’t been officially explained, here’s what some applicants have successfully done to move forward:’

Family RP Status 23 October Update

Since August processing of family resident visas or permits for the private sector has been normal. Hundreds of candidates with salaries above 10,000 have been approved. In addition, applicants with salaries less than 10,000 (even 9000) are officially rejected.

Apparently, on hold Family RP for Children have been resolved now. In the last week of September, Numerous children were issued approvals.

Family RP for Parents (Father and Mother) is now visible in the Metrash system. Though, they have not announced the eligibility criteria yet.

Follow-up visits regarding Family PR are prohibited in Al-Duhail Immigration Office. Visitors in the month of September were requested to come back in October.

                       Important  Note

Following updates are solely based on the experience of visitors or applicants.Information shared are not based on any Official resource or announcement. You may have different experience when you visit the office.

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Qatar Family Visa requirements

Valid Residence Permit or ID of sponsor is required 

Sponsor Profession should be Technical or Specialized (non-labour). Labour category foreign workers are not eligible to sponsor their family . 

Minimum Salary Requirements

Presently, for the private sector the minimum salary requirement is 10,000 QR, though employees with 7000 QR salary and housing are also eligible.

Qatar Family Visa Process through Moi Center

You can apply directly or online for the family visa

You have to submit all the necessary documents to receive a family visa. Your family will be allowed to enter on a one month visa. Medical tests and fingerprints would be done after arrival.

Documents required for Family Visa Application

  • Complete visa application form
  • Copy of Passport with photo page and Bio page
  • Copy of Sponsor QID
  • Passport copies of all family members
  • Attested copy of marriage certificate by Qatar embassy. (Note: Qatar embassy in applicant’s country or Applicant’s country embassy in Qatar and Ministry of foreign Affairs)
  • Attested copy of each child birth certificate
  • NOC from applicant’s company and Letter should be in Arabic with date not more than three months back. Salary details with Certified copy of job contract. 
  • Copy of tenancy contract attested by municipality.
  • Bank statement for the last six months
  • Copy of Employer ID or Company Registration
  • Attested Educational Degrees or Certificates
  • Translation of Marriage, birth and education certificates.

Online Process for Family Visa Application Qatar

A simplified application process has been introduced by Qatar MOI. Now, Applicants are allowed to submit their documents through Metrash2 Mobile App.First you have to register for Metrash 2, if you have not registered for it yet. 

Candidates are required to upload their labor contract and link it with Metrash system to see the visa option available or active. 

Step1: Log in to Metrash and “Click” on vIsa Button

Step 2: On the next menu, click on “Issue Visa” tab

Step3: On the next page, click the “Family Visit” option

Step4: on next screen, click the “Family Resident Application”

Alert

You should change the default  selection to “Family Resident Applicant” 

Step5: Select “New Application”

Step 6: Carefully, provide the details of your family members and Fill out the form.  Press “Validate” button. 

Step 7: On the next page, verify the details, Choose ”I agree with  the validity of the Data”. Enter “Next” button

If you accidently make any wrong entry or mistake, you can click on the Back button. Ensure your data before entering into the system.

Step 8: Upload scanned or photographed documents by following the instructions on screen. 

Images or scans of documents should be readable 

Only JPG images are accepted on Metrash, It does not accept Pdf files

Multiple pages documents should be combined into a single JPG file.

Combined documents should not exceed 500 Kb. Documents exceeding this limit cannot be uploaded and should be resized.

Bank statements should be from 1 to 2 pages with minimal information.

Education certificates, Bank Salary statements are required to upload on the first screen. In other Documents you can add NOC and any other translation.

Upload a marriage/birth certificate and a passport on second screen. And enter Next

Step 9: Next screen confirm your submission by clicking “Yes”

Step 10: It will generate your application number. After submission, it will be termed as “under process and then to under review. Later, you can find the reason for rejection, in case your visa got rejected.

Payment for Visa

You can pay visa fees (QR 200) online via Metrash or at the Immigration Office after your visa gets approved.

Offline Application Process for Qatar Family Visa

Above mentioned documents are required to fill out this offline application. You can take help from any typing center.You have to visit Immigration Department at Al Gharafa in order to obtain this document.

What to do if Family visa is rejected?

If your family visa application gets rejected irrespective of meeting all the requirements. Immigration officer may consider scheduling your meeting with the visa approval committee. 

You will be interviewed about a few basic questions and if you are found confident and clear, you will be issued a visa. Ensure to keep copies of all your documents with you on interview day. Within two working days you will get approval, if this process goes smoothly.

Family Members Entry in Qatar

Once it has been approved, family visa provides  opportunity to your family members to visit Qatar.Normally, visa holders have 180 days to enter into Qatar after they receive their visa. After entering you are supposed to go through medical and Fingerprints within the 90 days.

Undergoing the Medical Test

The new visa holders are supposed to undergo a medical examination before applying for residence. The main objective and purpose behind this test is to prevent infectious diseases from newcomers to other citizens.

Official Medical tests are conducted by the Qatar Medical Commission. They will take blood samples in order to ensure that you don’t have Hepatitis B/C or HIV/AIDS. X-ray and physician check up will also be performed to make sure you don’t have T.B or any other contagious disease.

Documents Required

Below mentioned documents are required for the medical test.

  • Original passport of Family Members
  • Passport copy
  • Copy of the residence visa with the sponsor’s mobile number written on it
  • Sponsor’s Qatar ID copy
  • Debit/Credit card for payment of fees

QR 100 per person is the fee for the Medical Test.

Results of medical are sent internally to the ministry of interior. Once your results are declared you will be notified through SMS or Metrash Mobile App.It may take two to three days to display the results on MoPH website.

Medical Test and Fingerprints For Children

Usually children under the age of 15 are not supposed to undergo medical tests. Metrash app would show the “issue residence permit” option for the child soon after their arrival in qatar.

In case, if this option does not appear, you are suppose to pay QR100 at medical center and they will update your status. 

Adults are required to register their fingerprints digitally and they can perform at the ministry of interior service center.

Applying for Qatar ID Card

Final step to get a Resident Permit is applying for a Qatar ID. This can be done online through Metrash or Moi service center.

Documents Required

Completely filled Application form. This can be filled out at a typing center.

Family member’s original passport

Sponsor’s Qatar ID

Passport-size photo of a family member.

Fee for Qatar ID 

For the first year, a Residence Permit or QID costs 500 QR. QID will be printed within 5 five minutes of paying the fees.

Process to apply for Qatar ID through Metrash 

If  you are unable to visit the MOI service center due to any reason, you can apply online through the Metrash App.

Open the Metrash2 app

Click on the “Residency” tab

Select “Issue Residence Permit”

Enter the required details

Upload a passport-size photo (blue background)

Take a picture of your family member’s signature and upload it. Write your child’s name on a piece of paper and upload it as their signature.

Qatar Family Visa Fees

Qatar Family Visa Fee (Per Dependent)   200

Medical Commission Test Fee (Per Dependent) 100

Residence Permit Fee (for one year)   100

Registering New QID for National Address

Once QID is printed, ensure that the National Address of the card holder is registered. It can be done through the Metrash App or Moi service center. Children’s national address can be registered via the sponsor’s Metrash App. 

Rules for Sponsoring Adult

Boys above the age of 25 can not be sponsored by parents, though girls can enjoy this facility as long as they are not married. 

However, there is an exemption for a boy with an existing QID , he would be given one more year to transfer his sponsorship to any other employer.  Dependent who desire to start work needs a special work permit and it also can be applied through Metrash.

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FAQs

Who can apply for a Qatar Family Visa?

Any foreign worker employed in Qatar can apply to sponsor their immediate family members, including their spouse and children, for a family residence visa.

Can I sponsor other family members apart from my spouse and children?

Generally, immediate family members like parents and siblings are not eligible for sponsorship under a Qatar Family Visa. The visa is primarily for spouses and children.

Can my family work in Qatar with a Family Visa?

Family members under a Qatar Family Visa are usually not permitted to work. They are in Qatar for the purpose of family reunification.

What happens if I don’t meet the visa renewal criteria?

If you no longer meet the eligibility criteria for sponsorship, your family’s visa may not be renewed, and they might have to leave the country.