Qatar Family Visa (Residence): Requirements and Guide 2022

What is Family Residence Visa in Qatar?

A Family Residence Visa is the type of visa using which a foreign worker can sponsor his immediate family members like his wife and children for a long-term stay in Qatar. Every family member, including infants, must have an individual Residence Visa to stay in Qatar.

To sponsor his family members, an expatriate resident has to meet some eligibility requirements like profession, salary, and accommodation.

Applicants are also required to submit several documents, including an attested marriage certificate, birth certificate, tenancy contract, and salary certificate from their employer.

7 NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE: Ministry of Interior’s mobile app Metrash2 is now accepting family resident visa applications from all nationalities. To apply for a family residence visa, residents can fill in the details and submit relevant papers through Metrash2 as explained below in this article.

This article explains the eligibility requirements, documents needed, visa fees, and step-by-step procedure to apply for Qatar Family Residence Visa.

Qatar Family Visa Requirements

Here are the major requirements for an expatriate to be eligible for sponsoring his family:

The sponsor should have Residence Permit

The first requirement is that the applicant shall have a valid residence permit in the country. Your Qatar ID / Residence Card should be ready before you apply for residence visas for your family.

Profession Requirement

The sponsor’s profession as per his Qatar ID should be technical or specialised (non-labour). Those belonging to the labour category like drivers, delivery boys, cleaners etc. may not be eligible to sponsor their family irrespective of their salary.

Salary Requirement

The applicant should have a minimum salary of QR 10,000 to be eligible for sponsoring his family.

Those who have a minimum salary of QR 7000 + free family accommodation can also apply (if family accommodation is provided by the employer).

The salary requirements are in place to ensure that the sponsor is capable of supporting his family expenses like accommodation and groceries.

9 NOVEMBER 2021 UPDATE: As per the information received from recent applicants, MOI is now processing only applications with salaries above QR 15,000. However, there is no official announcement on the change of minimum salary requirement. We assume the current restriction is in place to control the high number of applications received after the suspension of visa services in 2020. Those with salaries between QR 10,000 and QR 15,000 may be processed at a later stage. We shall update this article if we receive any information on this subject.

Housing Requirement

If your salary is QR 10,000 or above you have to provide a tenancy contract attested by Municipality.

If your salary is above QR 7,000 but less than QR 10,000, then your family accommodation should be provided by your employer. If not, you have to produce an employment contract that specifically mentions family housing allowance will be provided in addition to your salary. 

Qatar Family Visa Process

Qatar Family Visa Process

Before you begin the application process for Family Residence Visas, check with your employer to see if they can assist you in the process. Employers are not obliged to process or pay for Family Residence Visas, but some companies do take care of this process as part of their employment policy.

Qatar Family Visa and Residence Permit process can be summarised as below:
Step 1. Apply for Family Entry Visa online or directly
Step 2. Family members enter Qatar on entry visas
Step 3. Undergo the Medical Test
Step 4. Undergo the Fingerprints Process
Step 5. Apply for Family Residence Permit Card

Let’s examine the above steps in detail:

Step 1: Apply for Family Entry Visa online or directly

The first step is that you should submit all necessary documents to get the family residence visa approved. This one month visa will allow your family to enter Qatar. However other formalities like medical tests and fingerprints have to be done after arrival.

Another way is to bring the family on a visit visa which will have a simpler process. A visit visa can be converted to Family Residence Visa after submitting the same documents. You have to pay an additional fee of QR 500 if you are changing the visa without leaving the country.

Since employees working with private companies are required to submit 6 months bank statement, many people opt to first bring their families on a visit visa until the 6 months period is completed.

Documents Required for Qatar Family Visa Application

When applying for a Family Residence Visa, you will need to prepare the following documents:

  1. A completed application form (Download Form) – Not needed when applying online
  2. Copy of your Passport (photo page + bio page)
  3. Copy of your Qatar ID card (both sides)
  4. Passport copies of all family members to be brought in
  5. Copy of Marriage Certificate (for spouse) –  attested by the Qatar embassy in your country, your country’s embassy in Qatar, as well as Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  6. Copy Birth Certificates (for children) – attested by the Qatar embassy in your country, your country’s embassy in Qatar, as well as Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  7. No Objection Letter (NOC) from your employer stating your profession and salary – in Arabic and dated within the last 3 months OR A certified copy of the employment contract with profession and salary
  8. Copy of Tenancy Contract attested by Municipality or letter from your employer stating that family accommodation will be provided
  9. Bank Statement for the last 6 months to prove your salary credit. Get this stamped from your bank
  10. Copy of the Employer QID / Company Registration Card*
  11. Copies of your attested educational certificates*

* Items 10 and 11 may not be needed in some cases, especially for public sector companies.

If documents like Marriage Certificates, Birth Certificates or Education certificates are not in English or Arabic, you will have to get them translated.  Many private attestation companies in Qatar can assist with attestation and translation works.

If you have adopted children, statements of adoption, as well as reasons for adoption, will be required.

Option 1: Applying for Family Residence Visa through Metrash

Recently Qatar has made the application process easier by allowing applicants to submit the documents via the Metrash2 mobile app. If you haven’t registered for Metrash2 see our comprehensive Metrash2 User Guide. Here are the steps to follow to apply for Family Residence Visa on Metrash2 mobile app.

  1. After logging to Metrash, Click on the “Visa” icon.
Qatar Family Residence Visa Metrash Step 1

2. On the next page, click on the “Issue Visa” icon.

Qatar Family Residence Visa Metrash Step 2

3. On the next page, click on the “Family Visit” icon.

Qatar Family Residence Visa Metrash Step 3

4. On the next page, select the “Family Resident Application”.

IMPORTANT NOTE: By default, this will be selected as Family Visa Application (which is for Family Visit Visa applicants). For Residence Visa, you have to change this selection to be as shown below:

Metrash Family Resident Visa Selection

5. Click on the “New Application” (bottom right of the page).

6. Carefully fill up the form with details of your family member. Click on “Validate”.

7. Follow the instructions on the screen and upload the scanned copies or photos of the documents.

  • The document scans/photos must be clear and readable.
  • When uploading passports, both the photo page and bio page should be on the same side. You will need to combine both the photos/scans to create one JPG file.
  • Similarly, when uploading Qatar ID, both front and back should be on the same side of the JPG file.

8. You will receive a confirmation message, and then an update after a few days.

If the visa is approved, you can pay the visa fees (QR 200) online via Metrash2 or pay at the Immigration Office. The visa can be downloaded on this link.

Option 2: Applying for Family Residence Visa Directly

For the offline application, you would need a completed application form (Download Form) in addition to other documents mentioned above. You may also get this application form filled in from any typing centre.

Application For Family Visa Qatar
Screenshot of the Application For Family Visa

Take the required documents to the Immigration Department in Al Gharafa (Location Map). It is better to go early morning between 6 and 9 am.

Take a token number from the Reception, and wait for your turn. When your number is displayed on the screen, go to the counter and submit the documents. If the documents are in place they would accept the application and you will be notified in a few days.

If the visa is approved, you can pay the visa fees (QR 200) online via Metrash2 or pay at the Immigration Office. Note that you would need a Debit or Credit card for payment.

What to do if the family visa application is rejected

Sometimes the visa application can be rejected even if you meet the requirements. In such cases, visit the Gharafa Immigration Office and request a meeting with the visa approval committee.

Take a copy of the visa application receipt as they will keep the original receipt with them and give the copy on which they will mention the meeting date.

If there is no serious problem with your submitted documents after their scrutiny, you will be given an appointment date with the visa approval committee.

On the meeting date, the committee will ask you simple questions like your qualification and profession. Take originals of all the documents you submitted including your education certificates, in case they ask for it. If everything is OK, you will get the approval in a couple of days.

Step 2: Family Members enter Qatar on Entry Visas

Once the Family Entry Visa is approved, the family members can travel to Qatar. The entry visa is valid for 30 days from the date of entry, within which the next steps like medical tests and fingerprints should be done.

If the family members are already in Qatar on a visit visa, you can proceed to the next steps after approval.

Step 3: Undergo the Medical Test for Residence Visa

The Visa holder shall start the Residence Permit (RP) procedures by completing the medical examination. The purpose of this test is to protect the health of the population and prevent the spread of infectious diseases from newcomers.

The Medical Commission is the authority responsible for conducting the health exam in Qatar. The Medical Commission Department is located on Al Muntazah Street, off the E-Ring Road (Location Map). The Medical Commission working hours are Sunday to Thursday, 07:00 am to 07:00 pm.

The medical examination may include a Blood Test, Chest X-Ray, Screening for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C.

The following documents are generally needed for the medical test:

  • Original passport
  • Two clear copies of the residence visa with the mobile number to be contacted, if necessary
  • Debit/Credit card for payment of fees

The fee for Medical Test is QR 100 per person. Children do not have to go for a medical test. However, you have to take their passport and visa copy to Medical Commission and pay QR 100 to mark as fit in the system. Here is our detailed guide about Medical Tests in Qatar.

If you are converting a visit visa to a residence visa, you have to inform the officer about converting the visit visa into a residence visa.

The results of the medical examination are sent electronically to the residency system at the Ministry of Interior. Two or three days after Medical Test you would receive the result on your Metrash mobile app. You can also check the result online on the MoPH website.

Check Qatar Medical Test Result Online
Screenshot from MOPH Website

Step 4: Undergo the Fingerprinting Process

After completing the medical test, adults are required to register their fingerprints digitally with the Ministry of Interior.

For Residence Permit, you should obtain a blood-type (blood group) certificate from any local clinic. This costs around QR 30 to 50.

The Criminal Evidence and Information Department (CEID) is responsible to collect the fingerprints of all residents in Qatar. The CEID Headquarters is located just after the Industrial Area flyover on Salwa Road (Location Map).

The following documents are generally needed for the fingerprint process:

  1. Sponsor’s passport & QID copy
  2. Applicant’s original passport and copy
  3. Blood group report
  4. 2 x passport-size pictures on blue background

In addition to the above, you have to fill a fingerprint application form which is available at the CIED. If you are provided with a receipt after your fingerprint, you have to keep it for future reference.

Once the fingerprint process is complete, you would receive an update on the Metrash2 app.

Step 5: Apply for Family Residence Permit Card

The final step is to apply for a Residence Permit Card (Qatar ID). You have to go to any Ministry of Interior Service Centre with your Qatar ID, the Passports of the family members, and passport-size photos (35 x 45 mm with a blue background).

The Residence Permit costs QR 500 for the first year. After payment of the fees, they would advise you when the cards will be ready for collection.

Qatar Family Visa Fees

Qatar Family Visa Fee (per dependent)QR 200
Medical Commission Test Fee (per dependent)QR 100
Residence Permit Fee (for one year)QR 500

In addition to this, there may be charges for Documents Attestation, Blood Group Report etc. There would be additional charges if you are transferring a visit visa to the residence without exiting the country.

Rules To Sponsor Adult Children

One of the things to be aware of when applying for visas is that male children aged 25 years and over are not eligible to be on either parent’s visa; there is no age restriction for daughters, as long as they are not married.

Children with existing QID and exceeding the legal age may be granted a Residence Permit under their parents for one more year to find an employer during the following year.

Work Permit for Spouse and Children

Dependent spouse and children above 18 who wish to work, require a special work permit in order to be able to work while in family sponsorship. This work permit can also be applied using the Metrash app.

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FAQ on Qatar Family Residence Visa


How much is the minimum salary to sponsor my family in Qatar?

To be eligible for sponsoring your family in Qatar, you should have a minimum salary of QR 10,000 or QR 7,000 with family accommodation provided by the employer.

What to do if my family visa application is rejected?

If the family visa application is rejected you can visit Gharafa Immigration Office and request a meeting with the visa approval committee.

How can I renew the Residence Permit for my family?

You can renew the Residence Permit (QID) for family members using the Metrash2 application. The payment can be made online and delivery will be by QPost.

Can I get a residence visa for extended family members?

In Qatar, family residence visas are generally issued for immediate family members like spouse and children only. Parents can be sponsored on exceptional cases.

How much does the family visa cost in Qatar?

The cost of an initial entry visa is QR 200. However, there are other expenses like Medical Test fees, Residence Card fees and miscellaneous expenses like attestation charges.


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  1. Hi
    Please guide me
    To upload documents for family residents… What to upload in Marriage ceritificate (other) and where to upload visa application form

  2. Hello,
    I am planning to bring my family here(My wife and 13 years daughter). Suppose, If my wife gets a job and both of our salaries are above the amount criteria, do I get a family visa and I can bring my daughter in dependent visa? Anyone can help?

  3. Can a woman who is working in a private sector company as an engineer be a sponsor for her husband’s residency permit? (Considering she meets the salary requirements.) Or will she be rejected just because of being a woman?

  4. Hi , I’ve heard that now RP permit is banned for Bangladeshi citizenship , could you please let me know that is it true?

  5. Hi,
    Can someone help? i tried applying a family resident visa for my son however there is a missing documents when i open and tried uploading the documents it says educational certificate, bank statement, additional documents & Student Enrollment Verication for son. I did upload all the documents previously but an sms from MOI mentioned there is a missing documents. Please help how can I upload clear photos through metrash2 as some documents is too many and not sure if the one I have uploaded is readable in which I have converted it all to jpeg & compressed it kindly help maybe you have some idea how to upload photos if documents is more than 1. Also I don’t understand what is the student enrollment verification for son? my son had recently graduated from College and I want to get him as Family Resident he will not study here in Qatar. Hope someone can help me thank you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sulman, Digital print may not be approved. It is better to request your bank for a hard copy on their letterhead with a stamp.

  6. Hi Experts,
    My family in qatar on family visit visa, i’m receiving 20,000 QAR per month am i eligible to apply residence visa for my wife and son?
    my designation on visa is ‘Inspector’ please suggest that whether i can apply residence visa or not and how many months bank statement is required in this case

  7. Hi Sir,
    My salary is 20,000 per month and I joined on dec 2021. Can I bring my 4year son in visit visa? Do i need to submit the certificates with attestation even for visit visa? After how many month i can able to change my son’s visa from visit to RP?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Eesa, Certificate attestation is not required for a visit visa. For a residence visa, you need 6 months bank statement and attested certificate.

  8. Hi,

    I got family pr rejected by sponsor does not meet criteria, as I uploaded only few months bank statement on metrash.

    Now I cannot apply again via Metrash. My salary is above 20,000. After how much time will Metrash application unlock? Or is there a way I can apply offline?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Anas, If you have six months statement, you can apply offline at any MOI Service Center. Please check with any typing centre for filling up the form.

  9. In metrash2 i am getting wierd problem.While applyying for new application In relation only son and daughter are visible there is no entries seen for wife, can some has any clue?

  10. Dear All,
    I am planning to bring my family on VISA ON ARRIVAL (from Pakistan).
    Is it possible that Visa on Arrival Can be transfered to Family Visa so that they can stay with me for 06 months time.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ahmad, If your family visa gets approved while they are here, that may be possible. Please note that such decisions depend on the officer and their policies keep changing frequently.

  11. Hi Team,
    My wife has completed fingerprint process for QID on 3rd Jan 2022 and result is still awaiting.usually how long is it taking to reflect the status of fingerprint process and where can i check fingerprint status so that i can go for QID printing process.
    Thanks in advance.

  12. Is it a must to have a degree for my husband to apply for residency permits?
    What is the minimum educational qualification?
    Please add them in your guide as well

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Isha, There is no official announcement on the minimum requirement. Sometimes they would approve even without a degree (if salary and profession are good enough).

  13. Hi Team,
    I am planning to apply Family RP and i dont have Marriage certificate, but other documents are ready. Also salary range as mentioned more than QAR 15000+. Can we produce any other supporting document instead of Marriage certificate. Kindly confirm.

  14. Hi,
    I will shift to Qatar by Jan 2022 and plan to apply for family visa once ready my Qatar ID and 6 month bank statement, i have only diploma certificate with me and 10,000 monthly salary, can you help me to advice on the possibility to get family visa as i don’t have any degree certificate ( recently heard attested degree certificate required to apply for a family sponsership in Qatar )

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Prasad, Currently they are only approving those with salaries above QR 15,000. We have to wait and see if the salary range would be bought back to QR 10,000 in the future. We cannot confirm regarding diploma now. Anyways you can attest your diploma certificate and try once the salary range is lowered. Good luck.

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