Published: 2018-09-05 13:03
Last Updated: 2018-09-05 13:38
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Ali Thani, has issued a first-of-its-kind law that grants permanent residency to expatriates and foreign residents in Qatar, Petra News Agency reported on September 5, 2018.
The law provides the possibility of permanent residence to non-Qataris according to specific conditions. The Qatari Minister of Interior may also grant permanent residency to children and spouses of Qatari women who are married to a non-Qataris. The law also grants permanent residency to women of different nationalities who are married to Qataris.
The permanent residency card grants its holders with equal opportunities in education and health care within government institutions. It also gives an equal chance in recruitment within both military and civilian public posts.
The first article of the law authorizes non-Qatari residents to reside permanently in the State of Qatar on the condition that they spent 20 years in the country if they were born outside Qatar and 10 years if they were born in Qatar.
The forth article of the law restricts the issuing number of permanent residencies per year, which is 100 permanent residencies for the current year, however; the number might change in consequent years. Each permanent residency should be approved by the Emir of Qatar, upon the proposal of the Qatari Minister of the Interior.