Exceptional Entry Permit application is open on Qatar Portal

Exceptional Entry Permit application is open on Qatar Portal

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions and temporary ban on international flights many Qatar Residents who are currently struck outside Qatar couldn’t return back to Qatar. Exceptional Entry Permit is a temporary service which helps residents of Qatar who wish to return back can apply to enter Qatar.

Exceptional Entry Permit to Qatar has gone live on the Qatar Portal Website, The Peninsula Qatar recently posted. 

Since yesterday (1st of Aug 2020) application has gone live on https://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/qsports/home It is a welcoming news for many residents who are waiting to return to Qatar to meet their family and / or to get back their work.

Exceptional Entry Permit service allows applications to be submitted under two types.

  • For Qatar Residents and Citizens (You need to enter your Qatar ID number and your personal mobile number)
  • For Visitors and Business Representatives (Have to provide the email and number before proceeding to add personal details)

Steps to Request Exceptional Entry Permit:

  • Create a new account on Qatar Portal or Log in to your existing account (if available).
  • Click on “Apply for Exceptional Entry Permit”.
  • Read terms and conditions and prepare all required attachments before starting the application.
  • Enter the application page and fill in the required information correctly and completely as shown in the passport.
  • Enter your email correctly to receive approval on your application.
  • Print permit after approval and keep a copy of it and a copy of the quarantine undertaking to be presented to airport officials.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar | Image Credit:Qatar Portal

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Have you completed your National Address Registration | Deadline ends on Sunday, 26 July 2020

Have you completed your National Address Registration | Deadline ends on Sunday, 26 July 2020

All Citizens and Residents (Expats) of Qatar under the National Address Law (Law No 24 of 2017) should register their National Address.

On 27th of Jan 2020, the registration for National Address has been started and 26th July 2020 has been announced as the last date to complete the National Address registration.

As the deadline to complete the registration is just few days away, The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has recently announced that 10 of #MoIQatar Services Centres will remain open this weekend (July 24-25) to make it easy for citizens and expats to complete their registration process.

Here is the list of #MoIQatar Services Centres and hours of service:

  • Mesaimeer | Al-Wakrah | Al Rayyan | Industrial Area | Onaiza | Al-Shahaniya | Al-Daayen | Al-Khor | Shamal | Um Salal
  • Friday and Saturday | 24th and 25th July 2020 | 8 am to 12 noon

Every Citizen and Resident is responsible to provide the correct information, failing which may result in a fine of QAR 10,000. For minor children, the guardians will be responsible to register their data and ensure its authenticity, the MOI had specified earlier.

The registration is available through Metrash2 and the Ministry website, in addition to the Ministry of Interior service centres in the country, but the Ministry earlier had urged people to register only online through its website or Metrash2 in order to limit spread of COVID-19.

For more information or details about any problems while you registering of the National Address through #Metrash2 or MOI websit: Call the ministry technical support number +974 2342000

Steps to register for the National Address:

  • Login to the MOI e-services portal with your Smartcard.
  • Choose “National Address” >> “National Address for Individuals”.
  • On the “Service Options” page find the options available for the National Address for Individuals service.
  • Choose “Register National Address” and add the home address of applicant or their family members (if available and only for their children – boys or girls – under 18 years old).
  • Update applicant employer address (for residents) and as an optional details update abroad home address.
  • Choose “Register National Address for Newborns” if the individual wants to include new family members, who do not have a previously registered home national address, to the registered home address of the individual.
  • Click on “Next” button and complete all the required information.

For more information or details about any problems while you registering of the National Address through #Metrash2 or MOI websit: Call the ministry technical support number +974 2342000


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National Address compulsory to complete many other transactions | July 26, Deadline to register

National Address compulsory to complete many other transactions | July 26, Deadline to register

The Ministry of Interior has renewed its call to citizens and residents to register their National Address before the deadline of July 26, 2020. The registration of National Address will be compulsory and required for public to complete many other transactions. So far, over one million people in Qatar have registered themselves in the national address while the registration process will continue until July 26, 2020.

‘The National Address will be one of the information required to complete (other) transactions. Register your national address to ensure the completion of your transactions in a proper time, said the Ministry on its Twitter account. The registration of the national address started on January 27, 2020 and will continue until July 26.

Every applicant is responsible for giving the correct information and there is a fine of QR 10,000 for giving false information. The fine also applies for not registering during the 6-month period. The fine can be reconciled to QR 5,000 before reaching the court.

Meanwhile according to a poll on the Ministry of Interior website, around 5,000 people preferred registering their national address through Metrash2. The poll was about which is the most suitable way for people to register their national address. The total number of people participated in the poll so far is 6,562 while the online survey started on May 1, 2020 will continue until June 30, 2020.

The result showed that 76 percent of voters which is 4,989 preferred Metrash2, while 20 percent which represent 1,312 participants prefer MoI e-services portal while only 4 percent (261) preferred MoI services centers.

The National Address data include one’s residence address in Qatar, landline and cell phone numbers, e-mail address, and work address for those who work in government or private sector.

The registration is available through Metrash2 and the Ministry website, in addition to the Ministry of Interior service centres in the country, but in order to limit spread of the coronavirus, the Ministry urged people to register only online through its website or Metrash2.

The National Address will serve many government entities such as the Ministry of Municipality and Environment; the Ministry of Justice; the Supreme Judiciary Council and Planning and Statistics Authority, a senior official had said earlier.

Source: The Peninsula Qatar

National Address Registration form asks for the below details (https://portal.www.gov.qa/wps/portal/services/inviduallandingpages/national+address+services/requesttoaddorupdatenationaladdressforindividuals)

  • Residential address
  • Land phone number
  • Mobile number
  • E-mail
  • Employer’s address for government and private sector employees
  • Permanent address abroad and any other information specified by the relevant authority.


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NRIs stranded in India urge Centre – “Don’t fly empty planes”

NRIs stranded in India urge Centre  – “Don’t fly empty planes” | US and Gulf expats want to return back to their second home.

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Stranded non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the country working/residing in US and Middle Eastern countries have urged the Centre to help them get back to countries of their residency, citing the threat of losing their jobs and livelihoods due to the delay among other reasons.

They say they could be put on empty Air India flights engaged in the world’s biggest evacuation named ‘Operation Vande Bharat’.

Some of them say they are separated from their minor children, who are now in dire straits as more than two months have passed. Some others stuck in India are facing innumerable problems and have no idea when they can join their ailing kin.

According to The Hindustan Times NRIs told them that they are more than 4,000 in numbers and have approached many without results. Around 2000 of these are from the Middle-Eastern countries, around 1000 from Europe and approximately 800 from the US. They have created WhatsApp and Telegram groups to stay in touch with each other and air their grievances.

“I came here for my mother’s cancer operation. I have a one- and- a-half-year breastfeeding child left with my husband in Qatar and I knocked on many doors to help me get back. My husband’s job is also in danger now,” said another woman from Kochi who did not wish to be named.

At least 50 per cent of the stranded NRIs had come to see their ailing relatives and they want the government to hear their woes before it’s too late.

Another woman came to Kolkotta to attend her father’s funeral service after leaving her two minor kids with her husband. “Initially I thought it will be there for a few weeks. But there is no sign of any resumption of flights. I am really worried,” she said.

Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan said the government was aware of their plight. “Many such cases came to our attention. We don’t have any problem in sending them back but the host country will have to allow flight services. Most of these countries have suspended international flights and are allowing only special ones. Once they begin service, they can go on the first flight. If their visas expire, we will help them in getting extension,” he said adding they will have to wait for some more time.

The government specified rules allow Indian nationals with at least a one-year-long visa to book flights for foreign destinations being serviced by Operation Vande Bharat Mission. It also allows Green Card and OCI (Overseas Citizen of India) cardholders to travel. In case of deaths and medical emergencies, Indian nationals holding six months visa can also be allowed to travel provided the conditions imposed for entry of people by the destination countries are met.

On the other hand, NRIs residing/working in the US but stranded in India are stressed about President Donald Trump’s uncertainty surrounding the revised rules for H1-B visas. “Lots of NRIs are stuck in India away from families, on the verge of losing jobs, visa expirations, with a financial crisis about to take over us. If we can’t go back to the US our life will be mere chaos. Please help us,” Aravind Bijjala told Republic World.com

In a petition on Change.org, called ‘Start International Flights in India’, the NRIs have expressed their distress asking the government to resume outbound flights, so that they can fly out of India to their respective destinations. Most of them argue that outbound flights do not pose a health concern. The petition has received over 8000 signatures to date.

The current H-1B visa rules require certain professionals, along with their family members, to leave the United States within 60 days of job loss. Since the NRIs stranded here cannot report to work, many have been threatened to be laid-off, something that could result in them losing everything that they have worked for over decades.

“Most of us are on work visas. Our stay in the US is directly tied to our employment. If say someone gets laid off or terminated while they are in India, they won’t be able to return. Which means they can’t go back to their families, their homes…Nothing at all,” said Shashank Ashtikar, a Silicon Valley techie who is stranded in India.

Being the worst-hit country during the pandemic the US faces a major recession and life does not seem brighter for the NRIs even in a post-pandemic world. In this situation, it is extremely imperative for them to make it back on time and hold on to whatever is left for them back in the states, to safeguard themselves from being laid off.

Along with repeated attempts of reaching out to the Centre and the MEA, the NRIs have also started an online petition to try and gain more attention to their problem. “I am a daughter who has lost her mother and a mother who can’t be with her minor kids.” This was the first thing that Poorva Dixit Talathi said while describing what she was going through. During the days India has been under lockdown, Poorva has not only lost her mother but has also had no time to grieve.

“I travelled to Mumbai on an emergency to take care of my ailing Mother. My kids aged 5yrs and 3 yrs stayed back with my husband in California. Unfortunately, my mom lost her battle to life on March 24. By then everything was under lockdown in India. Performing her rituals was a huge battle in itself. Younger one barely understands why mom is not coming back,” said Poorva. “I have already lost my mom and being away from my kids is killing me daily. Haven’t been able to grieve for my mother’s demise as I am busy finding ways to go back to the US,” she added.

Rashmi, another NRI stranded in India revealed that she flew in to the country to perform her mother’s last rites, leaving back home her 8-year-old son who is autistic. “I came to India because my mom passed away suddenly. I am stuck here now and I need to go back home to my family and especially my 8-year-old autistic son who really needs me.”

The NRIs have only one request from the Government– to start outbound flights. If not, send them back on the empty flights being sent to evacuate Indian citizens from the US.

While the US and the Middle Eastern countries are interested in allowing expats leave their country, NRIs who are stranded in India, continue to reach out for help urging the Center to let them go back to their second home in the planes that are flying out empty from Indian soil.

Source: The Hindustan Times | Republic World.com | Picture courtesy: Republic World.com



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National Address Registration has begun | MoI urges the citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country to register before 26 July 2020

National Address Registration has begun | MoI urges the citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country to register before 26 July 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has confirmed on its social media channels that Citizens, Expatriates, and legal person in Qatar in accordance with the National Address Law No. 24 of 2017 to register their National Addresses within six months. The Ministry of Interior has begun the National Address Registration from the 27th of January 2020 and registration closes on 26th July 2020.

National Address Registration can be done through Metrash 2 mobile app (Andriod / iOS) or MOI website or directly at Unified Services Centres of the Ministry of Interior. (Click here to access the form for individuals)

In accordance with the National Address Law, the Ministry of Interior urges the citizens, resident expatriates and legal…

Posted by Ministry of Interior – Qatar on Saturday, January 25, 2020

The National Address Law (Law No 24 of 2017) obligates all residents of Qatar (locals and expatriates) to register their data in a simple form. The National Address is defined as a set of data that every natural or legal person possesses, whether a citizen, an expatriate, or a person acting as such, to perform transactions with government and non-government entities and receive various services from the country easily.

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has called on citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country, in accordance with the National Address Law No. 24 of 2017 to register their National Addresses within six months starting today and up till Sunday, July 26, 2020, otherwise, violators will be subject to legal actions, including a fine of QR 10,000 maximum (source: portal.www.gov.qa

National Address Registration form asks for the below details.

  • Residential address
  • Land phone number
  • Mobile number
  • E-mail
  • Employer’s address for government and private sector employees
  • Permanent address abroad and any other information specified by the relevant authority.
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Advisory Council gives go-ahead to Permanent residency draft law

Advisory Council gives go-ahead to Permanent residency draft law

The Advisory Council which held its regular weekly session under the chairmanship of its Speaker H E Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud yesterday approved draft law on permanent residency. Under the provisions of the draft legislation, HE the Minister of Interior may grant a permanent residency identification (ID) card to a non-Qatari if the person meets the conditions specified in the law, reported thepeninsulaqatar.com

Also, a decision by the Minister of Interior may grant this ID to the children of a Qatari woman married to a non-Qatari, as well as those who offered valuable services to the country and people with special capabilities that the country needs, reported Qatar Tribune.

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Permanent Residency draft law to be presented to Advisory Council in Dec.

A draft law on the Permanent Residency Law, which would allow beneficiaries to undertake commercial activities and own residential and investment properties, will be presented to the Advisory Council (Shura) next month in preparation for its issuance, HE the Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani said yesterday.

“His Highness the Emir also gave directions to prepare a draft law for the ownership of real estate for non-Qataris. The project will be completed within one month of its date and will be implemented during the coming year,” he said in an interview to Qatar TV.

Answering a question on the future of Qatar’s economy, the prime minister said the government was working to create a more competitive economic environment that can better attract investment. “Many strategic projects for the state will be announced, including new free zones to attract domestic and foreign investments, the localisation of some industries in Qatar, the protection of local products, and the provision of low-cost storage areas, which will bring great benefits to the State, the private sector, citizens and residents.”

He said Qatar was seeking to open doors to new industries and build new partnerships with countries that are not strictly commercial, but rather real partnerships where “we work and invest together so that we reap the benefit of our investments”.

An agency to encourage investment in the country will be created soon, he said.

Highlighting the role of the Hamad Port in beating the siege, he said it is a strategic project not only for Qatar, but for the region. “Thankfully, we now have 10 routes, and have reached almost 70 destinations around the world. Through the port, we attracted international shipping companies, and have acquired about 27% of cargo in the Middle East.”

To a query on providing a full life for citizens as well as residents, he said: “The vision and directives of His Highness the Emir is that Qatar be a country capable of continuing to achieve progress in all areas, raising the standards of living for citizens, empowering our youth and giving them an opportunity to achieve what they aspire to. We in the government believe that our role towards the citizen requires us to provide five main pillars: 1. Appropriate health services, 2. High quality education, 3. Provide job opportunities, 4. Appropriate housing, 5. And, finally, an appropriate life after retirement suitable for those who served this country.”

On Advisory Council elections, the premier said the Emir has already given directions to finalise the process. “The government is about to finalise amendments to some laws and prepare a law on electing the Shura Council, which, God willing, will be presented to the Shura Council next year, as was stated in the speech of His Highness the Emir. The date of the elections will be announced after the issuance of the election law and amending the necessary legislation.”

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Qatar to approve permanent residency for some expats

Qatar to approve permanent residency for some expats

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The draft law will allow residence to the children of Qatari women married to non-Qataris, and to some expatriates.

According to Al Jazeera News, Qatar plans to allow some expatriates to obtain permanent residency, in the first move of its kind among Gulf Arab states.

A draft law approved at a cabinet meeting will allow permanent residence to the children of Qatari women married to non-Qataris, as well as expatriates who provide outstanding services to Qatar, the Qatar News Agency reported yesterday.

“According to the provisions of the bill, the minister of interior may grant a permanent residency ID to a non-Qatari if they meet the conditions specified in the law,” the cabinet statement carried by the agency said.
Gulf Arab countries have a high number of expatriate workers but do not allow naturalisation of foreigners except in rare cases.

Holders of the new permanent residency can for the first time access free state education and healthcare. They will also have the right to own property and run some businesses without needing a Qatari partner.

QNA said in a statement that the Cabinet approved a draft law on the permanent residency identification card. According to the provisions of the bill, the minister of interior may grant a permanent residency ID to a non-Qatari if they meet the conditions specified in the law.

A committee would be established at the interior ministry to review requests of granting permanent residency ID in line with the provisions of the law.

Also, a decision by the minister of interior may grant this ID to the children of a Qatari woman married to a non-Qatari as well as those who offer valuable services to the country and people with special capacities that the country needs.

The permanent residency ID carries some privileges for its holder as they receive the same treatment as Qataris in education and healthcare at government institutions, and are given priority behind Qataris in holding public, military and civil jobs.

In addition, holders of that ID have the right to own property and practice some commercial businesses without the need to have a Qatari partner, in line with the executive decisions that shall be issued by the Cabinet according to the provisions of the law.

A permanent committee shall be established at the Ministry of Interior under the name of the Permanent Residency ID Granting Committee in order to review requests of granting permanent residency ID in line with the provisions of the law.

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