Virginia, US

Qatar

Whether your company is sending employees to Qatar or expanding outside of Qatar to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our experienced immigration professionals partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

The immigration law of Qatar law is relatively restrictive and it is vague in many respects, leading to a great deal of discretion at all steps of every process.

Requirements, processing times, employment eligibility, and benefits for accompanying family members vary by visa classification.  

Work - Business Visas allow an initial stay of up to 30 days, with two 30-day extensions available at the Qatari authorities’ discretion for a total stay of up to 90 days. Qatar is unique in that hands-on work activities are permitted in business visitor status.  

All individuals wishing to seek employment in Qatar must secure a Work Visa and Residence Permit through the sponsorship of a Qatari host entity. If the sponsoring entity is established in Qatar mainland, a labor quota Block Visa must be obtained. The Block Visa specifies the number of visas awarded for individuals of a specified nationality and gender for a defined job title.   Once a Block Visa that matches a candidate's profile — based on job title, nationality and gender — is available, a Work Visa, valid for up to 180 days for entry to Qatar, is issued. Extensions are possible. Block Visas are not required in the free zones.  

Note that nationals of the following countries may be considered restricted, and their work authorization applications will be reviewed on a discretionary basis: Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Russia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam, and Yemen.  Affected nationalities may change frequently and without notice.  Additionally, if operating in one of Qatar's free trade zones or free trade zone-like areas, the Department of Labor is not involved in the work permit process, and the requirements may be more lenient.     

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.

Fragomen in Qatar is Fragomen Services LLC, an immigration consultancy.
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