MoI: Residence Permit sticker in the passport of expatriates to be abolished
In order to make the procedures easier for the expatriate residents, the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Expatriates Affairs (GDNPEA) has announced the abolition of residence permit (RP) stickers in the passports of expatriate residents. Instead, expatriates will be issued new Residence Cards, which will be used as identity card at the same time. The new system will be implemented starting from Monday, June 15, 2015.
There will be two types of cards – normal Residence Card and smart Residence Card. The smart Residence Card will offer the same services rendered by the present smart ID card as per the request. The passport along with the filled application form will be required for issuing the new Residence Card for the first time. The passport will not be required in the time of renewal, except in case of changing the passport.
By abolishing the sticker system, applicants can complete this service through the self-service machines available at commercial centers or Metrash2 service or the website of the Ministry of Interior and the card will be delivered to the place of applicant through postal service if he demands it. In case of the company applications, the new procedure will save the time and reduce the efforts of the company PROs as they can apply for the Residence Card electronically.
According to Brigadier Mohamed Ahmed Al Ateeq, this move will reduce the number of customers visiting the General Directorate or the service centers of the Ministry of Interior at a large level. He also said that the stickers for visa extension, entry visas, return visas etc. have been cancelled before and by the cancellation of RP sticker, there will be only lone residence permit in its new form which is only one document to prove the identity of the expatriate resident.
Family or personal residence permits can be renewed electronically or through the service centers of the Ministry of Interior as well. The renewal will be done for one or two or three years or five years for some categories for the same fee as before, except the fee for postal delivery.
The new residence cards will be issued automatically and gradually by granting new residence cards for first time applicants and at the time of renewal of RPs, which means that the expatriates who have valid RPs on their passports will not be given new residence cards before the expiry of their residence permit, except in case of transferring the residence permit from old passport to a new one, the assistant director general added.
Brigadier Mohammed Ahmed Ateeq also stressed that the Residence card requires the separation of the children added on passports of their parents because everyone will have their own Residence cards, even he is one day old. The normal cards will be issued for the children below 16 years and their signature will not be required on them.
On the other hand, an expat resident in Qatar should keep his Residence card always with him and show it to concerned authorities whenever asked to do so because it is the only card to prove his identity and residence permit at the same time. The expatriate has to show up this card on airports, borders and airline companies if asked by the concerned authorities. The authorities in Qatar have informed all countries of the world as well as the airline companies around the world about the new system of Residence Card in Qatar and to consider it as the official document to prove the residence permit in Qatar.
The airline companies can verify the validity and details of the residence permit of the passenger thorough the website of Qatar Interior Ministry www.moi.gov.qa. Also any airline company can make sure of validity of visa of the passenger through the website of the Ministry. The expat resident has to show up RP card along with his passport while entering or exiting the country.