Qatar Family Visa (Residence): Requirements and Guide 2023

Doha Guides Team regularly reviews this article to ensure the content is up-to-date and accurate. The last editorial review and update were on 27 January 2023.

What is Family Residence Visa in Qatar?

A Family Residence Visa is a 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 must also submit several documents, including an attested marriage certificate, birth certificate, education certificate, and bank statements. This article explains the eligibility requirements, documents, visa fees, and step-by-step procedures to apply for Qatar Family Residence Visa.

Qatar Family Residence Visa New Updates

27 JANUARY 2023 STATUS

As per the available information (based on the experience of other applicants):

(1) Family Residence Visa applications can be submitted online using the Metrash app. However, processing priority is given to public sector employees. Some private sector employees with salaries above QR 15,000 have recently received applications.

(2) Several Family Visit Visa applicants have received approvals this month (January) while some applications are still under processing. Applications can be submitted online using the Metrash app. There is no announcement on the time required for approval.

(3) MOI Centres are still not entertaining walk-in visitors for new visa applications or follow-ups (except in rare cases). Most applicants who visited Gharafa MOI Centre after 23 January 2023 were asked to come back after 1-2 weeks.

Note that the above information is not based on any official announcement, but on the experience of recent applicants who visited MOI Centres. Individual experiences may vary depending on several factors.

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. Your Qatar ID / Residence Card should be ready before you apply for residence visas for your family.

Profession Requirement

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

Salary Requirement

27 JANUARY 2023 STATUS: As per the information received from recent applicants, MOI is only approving applications from private employees with a minimum salary of QR 15,000 (since 2022). Recently some public sector employees have reportedly received approvals with salaries between QR 10,000 and QR 15,000.

However, there is no official announcement on the change in the minimum salary requirement. We shall update this article if we receive any information on this subject.

Earlier, those with a minimum salary of QR 10,000 were eligible to sponsor their family. Those who have a minimum salary of QR 7,000 + free family accommodation were also eligible (if family accommodation is provided by the employer).

The salary requirements are in place to ensure that the sponsor can support his family’s expenses like accommodation and groceries.

Housing Requirement

If you have rented a house/apartment on your own, a tenancy contract attested by Municipality may be required. A tenancy contract is not being asked if you are applying through Metrash.

If your family accommodation is provided by the employer, you have to produce an employment contract that specifically mentions family housing 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 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 must be done after arrival.

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

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

Documents Required for Qatar Family Visa Application

For applying through Metrash

When applying for a Family Residence Visa through Metrash, you will need the following documents:

  1. Passport of spouse + children (front + back pages)
  2. Marriage Certificate for spouse (Attested*)
  3. Birth Certificates for children (Attested*)
  4. Bank Statement for the last six months to prove your salary credit. Get this stamped from your bank.
  5. Your Education Certificate (Attested*)
  6. NOC (No-Objection Certificate) from the employer with position and salary (dated within the last 3 months) – This should be uploaded on the “Other Document” placeholder.

*Documents that need attestation should be attested from the Qatar embassy in your country, your country’s embassy in Qatar, as well as Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Many private attestation companies in Qatar can assist with attestation and translation work.

If documents like Marriage Certificates, Birth Certificates or Education certificates are not in English or Arabic, you will have to get them translated.  Translations should be uploaded to the “Other document” section on Metrash.

If there is more than one page in one document, you have to merge both pages into one JPG file as Metrash only allows JPG files. You can keep both pages together and take one photo (but the text should be readable). For better clarity, you can scan two pages and place them side to side using any software.

For applying through MOI Service Center

When applying for a Family Residence Visa directly through MOI Service Center, you may also need the following documents (in addition to the above):

  1. A completed application form (link) – You can get this typed in Arabic from any typing centre.
  2. Copy of your Passport (photo page + bio page)
  3. Copy of your Qatar ID card (both sides)
  4. Copy of your Employer’s QID / Company Registration Card (May not be required for the public sector).
  5. Copy of the Tenancy Contract attested by the Municipality or a letter from your employer stating that family accommodation will be provided. Tenancy Contract is not required for Metrash application but it may be asked if applying directly (in some cases).

Declaration of non-marriage for daughter is required in case the daughter you are sponsoring is above 18 years and not married. Note that married daughters are not eligible for parents’ sponsorship.

If you have adopted children, statements of adoption and reasons for adoption will be required. Legal documents proving relationship will be needed if you are sponsoring step-children.

Option 1: Applying for Family Residence Visa through Metrash

Recently Qatar has made the application process easier by allowing applicants to submit their 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 the Metrash2 mobile app:

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

2. Click on the “Issue Visa” icon on the next screen.

Qatar Family Residence Visa Metrash Step 2

3. Click on the “Family Visit” icon on the next screen.

Qatar Family Residence Visa Metrash Step 3

4. Select the “Family Resident Application” on the next screen.

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 “New Application” (bottom right of the screen).

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

Qatar Family Residence Visa Metrash Fill Details

7. Verify the details on the next screen. Select “I agree on the validity of data”. Click “Next”.

Validate Data Qatar Family Residence Visa Metrash

If there is any mistake you can click “Back” and edit that. Make sure to review the data before confirming as any mistake in the application can prevent the visitor from entering the country.

8. Next screen will have placeholders for uploading the documents. Follow the instructions on the screen, and upload scanned copies or photos of the documents.

  • The document scans/photos must be clear and readable.
  • Metrash only accepts JPG images. PDF files are not accepted.
  • For documents with multiple pages, combine both pages into one JPG file (side to side).
  • For the bank statement, inform your bank that it is for the RP application so that they will print one or two pages with minimal details.

The documents required on the first screen are Education Certificate, Bank Salary Statement, and Other Documents. Upload NOC and translations (if any) on “Other Document”.

The documents required on the second screen are a Marriage / Birth Certificate and the Visitor’s Passport (front and back). After uploading all documents, click “Next”.

9. On the next screen, confirm your submission by clicking on “Yes”.

10. Your application number will be generated after this step. You can click on the arrow sign on the right to check the status. Once submitted it will be “Under Process”. Later it will change to “Under Review”.

If the application is rejected, the reason will be given as notes on this page.

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 at this link.

Option 2: Applying for Family Residence Visa Directly

For the offline application, you would need a completed application form (Download Form) and 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 satisfactory, they will 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, you can visit the Gharaffa 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 simple questions like your qualifications and profession. Take the 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 two days.

Step 2: Family Members enter Qatar on Entry Visas

Once the Family Entry Visa is approved, the family members can travel to Qatar. Usually, the visa holder can enter within 90 days of visa approval. The last date of entry will be given on the visa.

The entry visa is valid for 30 days from the entry date, 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. This test aims to protect the population’s health and prevent the spread of infectious diseases from newcomers.

The Medical Commission is 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’s working hours are Sunday to Thursday, 07:00 am to 07:00 pm.

The medical examination may include a Blood Test, Chest X-Ray, and Screening for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, and 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 must take their passport and visa copy to Medical Commission and pay QR 100 to mark them 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 must inform the officer about converting the visit visa into a residence visa.

The medical examination results are sent electronically to the residency system at the Ministry of Interior. You will receive the result on your Metrash mobile app two or three days after Medical Test. 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) collects all Qatar residents’ fingerprints. 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 must fill out a fingerprint application form available at the CIED. If you are provided with a receipt after your fingerprint, you must keep it for future reference.

Once the fingerprint process is complete, you will 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 Passport 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 will 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, there may be charges for Documents Attestation, Blood Group reports etc. There will be an additional charge (QR 500) if you transfer a visit visa to a residence visa 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 exceeding the legal age may be granted a Residence Permit under their parents for one more year to find an employer the following year.

Work Permit for Spouse and Children

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

“Null” Status on Family Visa Application Receipt

Some of our readers have raised concerns that the acknowledgement receipt they received after application submission has only “null” on most fields. Please note that this is normal for all applicants. This document is only an acknowledgement that they have received your application. Your application details will be in the system.

Visa Application Under Review and Under Process Status

Applicants often get confused about changes to their family visa application status. It is normal that each application goes through “Under Process” and “Under Review” statuses multiple times before getting approved.

If your application status changes between these two, you do not have to do anything. In most cases, the application will be approved within few days of a change in status.

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FAQ on Qatar Family Residence Visa


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

As of 2023, you should have a minimum salary of QR 15,000 to be eligible for sponsoring your family in Qatar.

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 only for immediate family members like spouses and children. Parents can be sponsored in 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. Hello DG
    My wife and kids left Qatar on the 11th of September, their visit visa came to an end. The RP that I applied for in July is still under review. Can I apply for a visit visa so soon.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Feroz, You can try if visit visa option is available on your Metrash app. Most probably you would see a message about 180 days requirement. In that case you have to wait till 180 days is completed.

  2. Hi DG,

    Can a residence permit holder exit qatar and re enter if the passport’s validity is set to expire a month from today? Or is there a minimum requirement?

    Thanks,

    Bassem

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Bassem, One month passport validity is OK if the traveller has residence permit. Minimum requirement is for visit visas.

  3. Hi DG Team,

    There are lots of documents in your list of documents required for Family RP that Metrash online application does’nt ask for. For instance, when i applied for family residence permit online, Metrash did not ask me to provide tenancy contract or proof of accommodation or employer QID etc.

    I was just required to upload marriage, birth certificates, degree, 6 month salary statement and passport copies.

    Is this normal or am I missing something?

    Raza

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi Ssud, Some documents are only required for direct application. We have updated the article to make this clear.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Raza, Most of these documents are only required when applying offline (paper application). Metrash requires fewer documents because your employment contract is already linked with the system. Anyways we have updated the article to avoid this confusion. Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. Hi… I would like to know the process of changing my sponsorship from company to under my husband’s, as we put the application through MOI website to change employers\ it got rejected by ADLSA, we went through this process as I am working in Qatar, so now we are little confused that do we need to go through the metrash process? also my husband is working in govt sector and I am from the private sector. please let us know if you have any information regarding this.

    1. Hi Akansha,
      Same is the case with me also. I discussed the case with PRO in my company and they said, first you have to get family RP approved then you can request for the RP transfer from the company to under my sponsorship by giving the RP of my wife as a reference document.
      Did you also discuss with someone before undergoing the process you mentioned above?

    2. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Akansha, ADLSA’s change of employer is for changing to another job. It is not needed for changing to your husband’s sponsorship. If your husband meets the requirements (15k salary), he can apply for sponsoring you with all required documents (bank statement, employer NOC etc.) as well as NOC from your current sponsor. Direct application is better. Please contact any typing centre and they would help you with the application form.

      1. Hi DG,
        What is meant by Direct application ?? Is there any portal on the Metrash 2 or somewhere else? Do you have any guideline which can serve our purpose ? Please help..

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Joseph, The easiest (and recommended) option is to apply using Metrash 2 mobile app. The second option (direct application) is to submit a paper application with all document copies at any MOI Service Centre. We do not recommend this now as applicants are not allowed to enter MOI Service Centres (at least till February). Both options are explained in the article.

  5. Good Morning!!

    Dear DG,
    On 24-Jan-2023 Tuesday earliy Morning 6 am i was apply my family visit visa for my wife on next day 25-Jan-2023 morning 10 am i got it approved within one day.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shoaib, That’s fantastic news! Congratulations and thanks for sharing here. It would be helpful to others.

  6. My wife has 2 daughters from a previous union (without being married) so they are born under the father’s family name.
    We would like to apply for family visa. Is there any special additional document to provide to apply for the visa ?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Pascal, You will need adoption certificates or other legal documents showing their relationship with you.

  7. Hi Doha Guide Team,
    I applied for Family resisdence visa and got rejected with remarks” Refer to immigration department”. I have all supporting documents with salary of 15000. Whether MOI Garraffa will allow to enter office ??

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Kumar,

      Sorry to hear, May be they will allow you to enter, because you need to find the reason. You’re in Public/Private, did you apply recently?

      1. i applied long ago in april 2021 and it got rejected in that month itself. Now i need to either cancel old application or to reapply with all new supporting documents.
        For that I need to visit captain in MOI garaffa.

        1. April 2021? That’s so Old application bro…..
          Anyway as I know it has to be removed from the system, you can speak to them, as of now getting inside & meeting captain is difficult task.

    2. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Kumar, You can show this remarks to the officer in the Reception. Most probably they would let you enter. Take all your original documents.

  8. I applied for family visit visa and got rejected so when I went to gharaffa on 23 Jan they said to come in next month. One of my friend went with vasta his visa got approved. And we are standing in line from morning and send back. So I may know when can I go and meet Capitan. This month I can go or it’s better to go next month …

  9. Hello Doha Guide Team
    for tenancy contract : in my contract not mention family accommodation provided by sponsor
    but if my sponsor giving letter mentioning that providing family accommodation is this sufficient for Family RP
    Rest of the Require documents, as per MOI
    plz guide
    thanking in Advance

  10. Hi DG
    As i see, those who applied for RP recently working in private sector getting approval, i too works in private and applied in July 2022. still it’s shows under process being visiting many times to Garrafa office which remains fail. can you please guide or someone let me know the next step please

    1. Hi Bro,

      I am also in the same condition. Almost all private sector employees are in the same state (there seems to some rare exceptions, no idea how priorities are being given). Unfortunately we don’t have anything to do rather than waiting for the approval. Most of us made multiple visits to Gharrafah, Walkins are not being entertained. Hope that we will get it ASAP.

  11. Hello, my husband applied for family residency on metrash since 6 January and no answer yet the status is still under process .he works in private sector. Any idea till when should we wait?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Hanin, This is the case with most applicants. Unfortunately, there is nothing to be done now except wait.

  12. Hi DH Team,

    Urgent Query here!

    I have applied for my family residence permit for my wife and two kids, but as usual its taking a long time for the same to get approved (I meet all requirements, 15k + salary etc.).

    Now i just want to bring my family here ASAP, so is it possible for me to apply for a family visit visa simultaneously (while the family residence permit is Under Process)?

    Raza

    1. Hi Reza,

      I think yes, few people already commented here, Applied for both RP & visit.
      Seems visit visa approval is faster.

      1. Thanks Rajesh, yes the family visit visa approval is much faster, but I wanted to know that I can apply simultaneously right? While my Family Residence Permit application is under process?

        Raza

  13. Hi DG,
    My Family Residence Visa application status turns to Under Review sometime last week, this morning it turns to Under Process. Any guidance on how long will it takes at this stage? Thanks!

      1. Hi riazy
        Same happen in my case too.last tuesday it was under review today mrng changed to underproces.
        Did you went gharaffa?If yes can you please share the reply and nxt process
        Thanking in advance

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Riazy, This is a normal status change. Usually, the final approval will be within a few days of the status change.

  14. Hi DG,
    I have applied for family residence visa two weeks before. the application status changed to under review two days before. What does it mean?

    1. Hi, if it change from under process to under review. You will know when if approved or rejected soon. Are you working on public or private ??

    2. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Saravanan, Each application goes through the Under Review and Under Process status before getting approved. Hopefully, yours would be approved soon.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Maryam, We don’t think so. If you apply on Metrash, the system would show an error due to age. Direct applications for visit visas are not entertained now.

  15. Hello,

    Please how much time would it take to have an answer to family residence visa ? I have applied on the 12th of Jan. salary +15k with semi public company.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sam, Unfortunately, no one can answer that. There are many applicants waiting for several months. Since you are with a semi-public company, it may be faster.

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