• Qatar becomes first Gulf state to offer expats permanent residency

    Qatar becomes first Gulf state to offer expats permanent residency File Photo Qatar becomes first Gulf state to offer expats permanent residency

    The state of Qatar is to offer permanent residency to a limited number of expats each year, it was announced today.

    H. H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, issued Law No. 10 of 2018 on Permanent Residence in the State of Qatar that included:

    - Forming of a permanent committee in the interior to deal with applications for permanent residence permits.

    - Permission for permanent residence will not be issued for more than 100 persons per year.

    - With the approval of His Highness and upon the proposal of the Minister of the Interior, the number stipulated for each year may be increased.

    - The holder of the permanent residence card may leave the country and return to it without obtaining permission or approval to do so.

    - The cardholder may invest in the activities of the sectors of the national economy determined by the Council of Ministers without a Qatari partner.

    - Permanent residence holder may own real estate for housing and investment in areas according to the terms and conditions.

    - The cardholder may obtain medical treatment and education in government institutions within the State.

    - The spouse of the holder of permanent residence and his children up to the age of 18 shall enjoy the same privileges in residence, health and education.

    - The application fee for permanent residency, provision of its card and determination of its tenure shall be issued by the Minister of Interior.

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