How to check if you are eligible for 'permanent residency' in Qatar?

  • 11 months   ago

Do you want to know if you are eligible for Permanent Residency in Qatar? There is a quick way to find out.

Checking your eligibility for a permanent residency is fast and easy. All you need is to enter your Qatar ID number. 

Click the Permanent Residency Eligibility Inquiry page of the Ministry of Interior's website to check if you qualify to be a permanent resident in Qatar.

The Law No. 10 of 2018 on Permanent Residence stipulates the establishment of a committee in the Ministry of the Interior called the "Permanent Residence Card Granting Committee”, whose task is to carry out all the procedures related to the granting of the card. The committee will be formed by a decision of the Council of Ministers to form the committee, who will nominate its members and determine the duration of their membership and its working system.

The Committee shall decide on all tasks and procedures related to the requirements for granting permanent residence to eligible categories in accordance with its working mechanisms. The Committee shall submit its recommendations to the Minister of the Interior, in turn to issue the appropriate decision regarding the applications referred to.

The Committee has the right to communicate with relevant parties, whether concerned departments within or outside the Ministry of Interior or any other entity.

Terms and Conditions:

• Terms and Conditions to obtain permanent residency permit in accordance with the Law No. 10 of the year 2018

• The applicant should complete 20 years in Qatar on a legal residence permit if he/she is born abroad and 10 years if born in Qatar.

• He/she should have enough income to cover expenditures of him and his family.

• He/she should be of good behaviour and reputation and should not have been convicted of a final verdict on any dishonorable offence inside Qatar or abroad.

• He/she should have enough knowledge of the Arabic language.

Those exempted from the conditions and requirements:

• Children of Qatari woman married to non-Qatari

• Non-Qatari husband of Qatari woman

• The non-Qatari wife of Qatari

• Children of Qatari by naturalization

• Those who performed great services to the state

• Persons with special capabilities that the state needs

Permanent Residency Card

It’s a card given to eligible categories in accordance with Law No. 10 of 2018 according to specific regulations that the applicant deserves for him/her self and his / her family members under the age of 18 years.

In the provisions of Articles 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, the law specifies a number of privileges that the holder of a Permanent Residency Card enjoys:

1. Entry into and exit from the State during the period of validity without obtaining permission or authorization.

2. Access to treatment and education in government institutions within the State in accordance with the conditions and controls issued by a decision of the Council of Ministers.

3. The spouse of the holder of the Permanent Residence Card and his/her children until the age of 18 years shall enjoy the privileges granted to the holder of the Permanent Residence Card in residence, health and education.

4. Investment in the activities of the sectors of the national economy, which shall be determined by a decision of the Council of Ministers without a Qatari partner, provided that the company is established in accordance with the provisions of the law governing the commercial companies.

5. Ownership of real estate for housing and investment in the areas specified, in accordance with the conditions and controls to be determined by a decision of the Council of Ministers

The following requirements must be met for submission:

- The applicant must have a smart ID card with activation of the e-services on it.

- The applicant must have a smart card reader device.

- Connect the smart card reader to the computer to complete the application process.

Submitting the Application

• Access to the website of the Ministry of Interior

• Select the link "electronic services"

• Select "Residence Service" and choose "Permanent Residence Card".

• After clicking on it, the service options screen will appear. A new application window should be selected.

• Select the appropriate category for the advanced options available in front of it, then click the "Next"

• A list of qualified people will appear (persons will be selected by checking the box next to the person's ID number and then click on the "Next" box.

• You will receive a text message stating that your application for permanent residence has been received. A receipt will be given in the payment process that the applicant can print or save on the computer.

• Thus, as the applicant has completed the first stage of the application stages and has to wait until another message is received to upload the attachments

• In the case of the getting the message to upload the required documents, which are determined by the competent committee, the applicant must enter the website again in the same manner as the first and upload the required documents according to the ID number.

• Upon completing the process of attaching documents of the applicant, another screen will appear to attach the documents of the remaining ID numbers attached to the applicant's application

• The second phase of the submission phase is now complete

• The applicant can follow up his application through the "follow-up" option.

Submitting the Application

Those who meet the required terms and conditions and exempted categories by the law can submit their application through the link Electronic Services


Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the main features of the permanent residency law?

The Law No. 10 of the year 2018 issued by HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on 4 Sept. 2018 allows a non-Qatari to obtain permanent residence in the State of Qatar if he/she meets certain conditions in accordance with the provisions of this law. A competent authority has been established to examine applications for permanent residence permits, called the Permanent Residence Card Granting Committee, at the Ministry of the Interior.

2. What are the conditions and requirements for applying for permanent residence?

Legal residence of the applicant for 20 years in Qatar if he/she was born abroad and 10 years if born in Qatar.

• The applicant should have enough income to cover expenditures of him and his family, as determined by a decision of the Council of Ministers on the minimum value of this income, and exceptions

• The applicant should be of good behaviour and reputation and he/she should not have previously been convicted of a dishonorable offence unless he has been rehabilitated in accordance with the law.

• The applicant should have enough knowledge of the Arabic language.

3. How much is the application fee for a permanent residence card. Is it applicable for all family members?

The fee is QR 3,000/- (not refundable). It includes all members of the family. The fees should be paid by debit or credit cards.

4. What documents are required to apply for the card?

The applicant will receive text messages via Metrash2 and will be requested to attach the required documents to the application.

5. How much is the card issuance fee if the application is finally approved, and where to pay it?

The applicant who got final approval must pay its fees of QR 3,000/-.

6. How can an applicant track the permanent residence application?

The applicant can track his application online via the Ministry of Interior website, by clicking on the option of "inquiries", then "residence services", then "permanent residence" and then "application tracking".

7. What are the special competencies needed by the state?

They are the technical, scientific or administrative professions required by the State.

8. Is the application submission available on Metrash2?

In the first stage, the submission is open only through the website of the Ministry, and later the application will be through Metrash2 and the website of the Ministry together.

9. I am married to a non-Qatari woman 9 years ago and I have children from her. Are these years sufficient for the wife to get permanent residence?

The law excluded non-Qatari husband, non-Qatari wife and their children from these conditions. You can apply directly to the wife's permanent residence permit.

10. I am a Qatari man married a non-Qatari woman without prior permission. Can I apply for permanent residence for my wife?


No, you must get prior authorization for the marriage from Committee for the Regulation of Marriage of foreigners.

Source: Ministry of Interior