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 was on 1 October 2023.

What is Family Residence Visa in Qatar?

A Family Residence Visa is a visa that allows a foreign worker to sponsor his immediate family members, such as 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 must meet eligibility requirements such as profession, salary, and accommodation.

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

Qatar Residence Family Visa Latest News And Updates

01 October 2023 Family RP Status

Family Residence Visa (RP): Processing of Family RPs for private sector employees is normal from August. Numerous applicants with salaries above QR 10,000 received approvals. However, applications with salaries less than QR 10,000 (even QR 9,900) were reportedly rejected.

The hold on Family RP for children seems to be removed now. Many children received approvals in the last week of September.

The new Immigration office at Al Duhail is NOT allowing follow-up visits regarding Family RP applications. Those who visited in the last weeks of September were asked to come back in October.

Family RP applications can be submitted online using the Metrash app.

Below are the updates based on available information derived from the experiences of other applicants. Please note that the information provided is not based on any official announcement. Individual outcomes may vary depending on various factors:

Aug 2023 Update: No Bank Statement And Education Certificate

Since the first week of August 2023, there is no option to upload bank statements and education certificates on the Metrash mobile app.

Salary credit is now verified through your employer’s Wage Protection System (WPS) transfer. Before applying for a Family RP, please confirm with your employer that your salary is credited through WPS.

Education is now verified through the labor contract. You can check the status of your labor contract on Employment Contract page on Ministry of Labour website. If you cannot find your contract, please contact your employer’s PRO to update it before proceeding with the application.

Applicants whose WPS and labor contract were not in order received a “missing documents” status, while some applications were cancelled

Sep 2023 Update: Family Visit Visa Applications

Family Visit Visa applications are now being accepted for visitors above 60 years of age. Many recent applicants have received visa numbers.

For spouses and children, visit visa extensions of up to 6 months are allowed. Applications can be submitted online using the Metrash app.

Qatar Family Visa Requirements

Here are the major requirements for an expatriate to sponsor his family:

1) Residence Permit

The first requirement is that the applicant (the sponsor) must have a valid Residence Permit. Your Qatar ID / Residence Card should be ready before you apply for a residence visa for your family.

2) Profession Requirement

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

3) Minimum Salary For Family Visa in Qatar

Currently, the minimum salary (official requirement) for a Family Residence Visa in Qatar is QR 10,000 for private sector employees. Those with a minimum salary of QR 7,000 + free family accommodation are also eligible (if family accommodation is provided by the employer).

Until July 2023, approvals were given only to those with a minimum salary of QR 15,000. This requirement seems to have relaxed in August 2023.

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

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. Employers are not obliged to process or pay for Family Residence Visas, but some companies handle this process as part of their employment policy.

The Qatar Family Residence Visa process can be summarised as follows:

  • Step 1: Apply for a Family RP Entry Visa (through Metrash or offline)
  • Step 2: Family members enter Qatar
  • Step 3: Undergo Medical Test
  • Step 4: Undergo Fingerprints Process
  • Step 5: Apply for Qatar ID
Qatar Family Residence Visa Process
Qatar Family Residence Visa Process

Let’s examine the above steps in detail:

Step 1: Apply for Family RP Entry Visa

The first step is to submit all the necessary documents to obtain approval for a family residence visa, allowing your family to enter Qatar. However, please note that other formalities such as medical tests and fingerprinting must be completed after their arrival.

Alternatively, you can bring your family on a Family Visit Visa, which involves a simpler process.

A visit visa can be converted into a Family Residence Visa after submitting the same documents. To change your visa type without leaving the country, you will need to pay an additional QR 500.

Here is our comprehensive guide on how to convert a Family Visit Visa to Family RP visa.

Documents Required for Qatar Family Visa Application

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

  1. Passports of spouse and children (front and back pages).
  2. Marriage Certificate for spouse (Attested*).
  3. Birth Certificates for children (Attested*).
  4. NOC (No-Objection Certificate) in Arabic from the employer with position and salary (dated within the last 3 months). Please upload this document to the “Other Documents” placeholder.

Declaration of non-marriage for daughter is required if she is above 18 years of age and unmarried. Please note that married daughters are not eligible for sponsorship under their parents.

If you have adopted children, you will need to provide statements of adoption along with the reasons for adoption. For step-children, you will need legal documents to prove the relationship.

Attestation and Translation of Documents

*Documents that require attestation should be attested by the Qatar Embassy in your country OR your country’s Embassy in Qatar. You should also get it attested from Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Doha.

If documents such as Marriage Certificates or Birth Certificates are not in English or Arabic, you will need to have them translated. Translations should be uploaded to the “Other documents” section of Metrash.

There are many attestation service providers & typing centers in Qatar, who can help you with translation and attestation.

Important Information About Documents

  • 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). You can achieve this by keeping both pages together side-by-side and taking a single photo. Ensure that the text is clear and legible. For improved clarity, you can use any software to scan two pages and place them side-by-side before saving as a JPG file. Here is a helpful online tool for merging documents.
  • The maximum size of the merged JPG document should be less than 500 KB. Any document with a size above 500 KB will not be uploaded and you need to resize it.
  • 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.

How To Apply Family Residence Visa through Metrash

Qatar MOI has simplified the application process by enabling applicants to submit their documents through the Metrash2 mobile app. If you haven’t registered for Metrash2 yet, please refer to our comprehensive Metrash2 User Guide.

For the family visa option to be active, the applicant’s labor contract should be uploaded online and linked to the Metrash system. In most cases, this will have already been done by the employer. If you receive a notification on Metrash, please contact your employer to resolve this matter.

Here are the steps 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 “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 Visas, you have to change this selection as shown below:

Metrash Family Resident Visa Selection

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

6. Carefully fill in the form with the 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 it. Make sure to review the data before confirming, as any mistake in the application can prevent the visitor from entering the country.

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

The documents required are a Marriage / Birth Certificate, NOC, and the Visitor’s Passport (front and back).

  • For the spouse, upload the front page of the marriage certificate in the “Marriage Certificate” box.
  • In the “Marriage Certificate Others” box, you can upload the attested page, usually the back page. If the file is a single page, then upload the same file in both boxes.
  • In “Other Documents”, upload your company NOC in Arabic, with salary and profession matching the labor contract.
  • On the next page, “Visitor Documents”, upload the visitor’s passport.
  • For children, you need to upload MOFA attested birth certificate. If the child is born in Qatar, attestation is not required.

After uploading all the 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 from this link.

“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” in most fields. Please note that this is normal for all applicants. This document is only an acknowledgement that they received your application. Your application details will be in the system.

How To Check Qatar Family Visa Status

You can check the status of your Qatar Family Residence Visa application on the Metrash mobile app. From the home screen, click on “Visa,” and then select “Visa Follow Up.” Now, you can see all your applications. Click on the arrow icon on the right to check the status of your application.

Family Visa Application Status (Under Process & Under Review)

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.

Below is a typical flow of status for visa applications and what each stage means:

StageMetrash StatusWhat This Means
1st stageUnder ProcessApplication is submitted.
2nd stageUnder ReviewThe file is currently under review by a junior officer. This stage may take several days or even weeks.

If the sponsor fails to meet eligibility conditions, the application may be rejected. If any document is missing or doesn’t meet the requirements, the sponsor will receive a notification. Once eligibility is confirmed, and the documents are in order, the file will proceed to the next stage
3rd stageUnder ProcessThe file is with a senior officer (usually the Captain) for final approval. Rejection at this stage is very rare.
4th stageUnder Process with visa number issuedThe file is approved from Duhail Immigration. Now the file is under CID clearance. Usually, it would be approved within one week. Visiting Duhail will not help.

For children below 15 years, CID clearance is not required. The status will be “Ready To Print”. However, the visa can be only printed after the mother’s application is approved.
5th stageVisa Approval / Ready To PrintAfter CID clearance, the sponsor will get approval SMS. Now the visa is fully approved. You can pay QR 200 and print the visa.


  • Under Review to Under Process means almost approved.
  • Under Review to Under Process can be done only by the Captain (senior officer) at Duhail Immigration. Even if your application is in Stage 1, the Captain has the authority to move it directly to Stage 4.
  • For children below 15 years, it will be direct approval, after the 3rd stage (as they don’t need CID clearance). However, the visa can be only printed after the mother’s application is approved.
  • If your application status changes between Under Process and Under Review, you do not have to do anything. In most cases, the application will be approved within a few days of a change in status.
  • The status we see on our Metrash and the status on their system may vary.

Time Required For Family RP Approval

Unfortunately, there is no exact timeframe for the process. It varies from person to person; some may have their changes processed in several days or weeks, while for others, it may take months.

The only consistent timeframe we have seen is that if it’s in the 4th stage (Under Process with a visa number), then CID clearance is usually completed within a week for full approval.

Keep checking your Metrash for updates and if you don’t see much movement in your file even after several weeks, you can consider visiting the Duhail Immigration office. However we do not suggest that you visit Immigration within 1-2 week of application.

Mistake In Family RP Visa: What To Do

Once you receive the approved entry visa, ensure that the visa contains accurate information such as the name, passport number, etc. For the wife, the profession should be mentioned as ‘Housewife,’ and for children, it should be mentioned as ‘Student/Child.’

If the information is incorrect, visit any MOI office and meet with a Captain, providing a printed RP visa and a copy of the passport. Corrections for individuals below 15 years of age will be made on the spot, while those above 15 will need to undergo CID clearance once again.

“Missing Documents” Error For Family RP

If anyone receives a “Missing Documents” SMS on Metrash, follow these steps:

  1. Open Metrash mobile app.
  2. Click on “Issue Visa”.
  3. Select “Family Visit”.
  4. Check the box for “Family Resident Application”.
  5. Click on “RP Application”
  6. Click on “Upload Documents”
  7. You will find a box indicating the required document. Upload that specific document only.
  8. If it shows “Other Document” normally it would be the Company NOC in Arabic.
    • If you receive the “Missing Documents” notification multiple times for “Other Documents,” verify the accuracy of the content in the Company NOC with a typing centre. Make sure everything is correct and add any necessary information.
  • Many individuals see the “X” error after submitting the missing documents.
  • Try compressing images to a size under 100KB. You can use online tools for “Compress Image” or try using a different phone or an iPhone.
  • Note: If the documents are successfully submitted, the Metrash status will usually change from “Missing Documents” to “Under Process”.

What to do if the family visa application is rejected?

Sometimes, your visa application can be rejected even if you meet the requirements. In such cases, you can visit the 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. They will give you a copy mentioning 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.

During the meeting, the committee will ask you simple questions such as your qualifications and profession. Take the originals of all documents you submitted, including your education certificates, in case they ask for them. If everything is OK, you will get approval in two days.

Step 2: Family Members enter Qatar

Once the Family Entry Visa is approved, family members can travel to Qatar.

Documents Required For Travel

The following are required when travelling to Qatar under Family RP (for the first time):

  1. Passport
  2. One way flight ticket
  3. RP visa (Entry visa) copy
  • Return flight ticket is not required when coming on Family RP visa.
  • Health insurance is not required when coming on Family RP visa (as of Sep 2023).

Family Residence Visa Validity

Usually, visa holders can enter within 180 days of visa approval (note that in some recent cases, the validity was only 90 days, while some others got one year). The last entry date will be given on the visa. The validity is counted from the date the visa number is issued (not the date of printing the visa).

How To Renew Visa If Not Able To Travel

If you can’t travel within this period, there is an option to extend the entry visa by paying QR 200, which will further extend the validity by 180 days.

To renew the entry visa before entering Qatar:

  • Open Metrash mobile app
  • Go to “Visa Services”
  • Select “Renew Visa”
  • Click on “Personal”
  • Select the visa and pay the visa fee (QR 200)
  • The visa will be further extended for 180 days.

Note: This renewal has to be done before expiry of the entry visa.

Period To Complete RP Process After Entry

Once a person enters Qatar on a Family RP visa, medical examinations and fingerprinting should be completed within 90 days from the entry date, and the QID should be printed.

Note that the same duration applies to someone whose entry is converted by paying QR 500 (everyone requires conversion regardless of age) from a Family Visit Visa to a Family RP Visa. In other words, medical fees payment and fingerprinting must be completed within 90 days from the conversion date, and the QID should be printed.

Step 3: Undergo the Medical Test

The visa holder shall start the Residence Permit (RP) procedure by completing a medical examination. This test aims to protect population health and prevent infectious diseases spread by newcomers.

The Medical Commission is responsible for conducting visa-related medical exams in Qatar. The Medical Commission Department is located on Al Muntazah Street, off the E-Ring Road (Google map). The Medical Commission’s working hours are Sunday to Thursday, 07:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m.

The medical examination may include a blood test for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. You will also undergo a physician’s check-up and chest X-ray for screening for Tuberculosis,

Documents Required

The following documents are required for the medical test:

  • Family member’s original passport
  • Passport copy
  • Residence Visa copy with sponsor’s mobile number written on it
  • Sponsor’s Qatar ID copy
  • Debit/Credit card for payment of fees

The fee for Medical Test is QR 100 per person.

Here is our detailed guide to Medical Test for Family RP 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. If you have already done the medical for a visit visa extension, they may not do the test again.

The medical examination results are electronically sent to the residency system at the Ministry of Interior. You will receive the result on your Metrash mobile app or as an SMS two or three days after the medical test. You can also check the results online on the MoPH website.

Average time required for updating the medical results in the system is 3 days.

If you don’t receive any SMS within 3 days, you can call MOPH helpline 16000 or visit Medical Commission office.

Check Qatar Medical Test Result Online
Screenshot from MOPH Website

Medical Tests For Children

Normally children under 15 years do not have to go for a medical test. When the child arrives in Qatar, check the sponsor’s Metrash app to see if the “Issue Residence Permit” option is available to them.

If the option is not showing, you have to pay QR 100 at the Medical Commission (show original passport and visa copy). They will update the status in the system.

Step 4: Undergo the Fingerprints Process

After completing the medical test, adults must register their fingerprints digitally with the Ministry of Interior. Fingerprinting is not required for children under 15 years.

Traditionally fingerprint was only possible at the CEID office on Salwa Road. Nowadays, you can also do fingerprints at most Ministry of Interior (MOI) Service Centres (except Gharaffa and Souq Waqif).

Documents Required

The following documents are required for the fingerprinting:

  • Fingerprint Application Form. You can get this filled out from a typing centre*. (This may not be required at some MOI Service Centres)
  • Family member’s original passport
  • Passport copy
  • Residence Visa copy
  • Sponsor’s Qatar ID copy
  • Medical Receipt

Once the fingerprint process is complete, you will receive an update on the Metrash2 app or SMS.

Average time required for updating the fingerprints results in the system is 3 days. If you don’t receive any SMS within 3 days, you may have to go back and check.

*You can also get the Qatar ID application form (needed in the next step) typed at the same time.

Step 5: Apply for a Qatar ID Card

The final step is to apply for a Residence Permit Card (Qatar ID). You can do this at the MOI Service Centre or online through Metrash.

Option 1: Applying for Qatar ID at MOI Service Centre

If you are applying for Qatar ID directly, you can apply at any Ministry of Interior (MOI) Service Centre.

Documents Required

The following documents are required to apply for Qatar ID at the MOI Service Centre:

  • Completed application form (download link). You can get this filled up from a typing centre**.
    Family member’s original passport
  • Sponsor’s Qatar ID
  • Family member’s passport-size photo (35 x 45 mm with a blue background)

MOI officials will ask the family members to sign on the form near the photo. For children, you can write their name instead of their signature.

Screenshot of the Application Form for Qatar ID
Screenshot of the Application Form for Qatar ID

**Some MOI Service Centres require applicants to bring the completed application form, while some MOI centres will give a paper to sign.

Qatar ID Fee

The Residence Permit costs QR 500 for the first year.

Once the fee is paid, the Qatar ID will be printed within 5 minutes.

Option 2: Applying for Qatar ID through Metrash

This option is required only if you do not want to visit the MOI Service Centre. Once you receive a message that the fingerprint is OK, follow the below steps:

  1. Open the Metrash2 app
  2. Go to the “Residency” section
  3. Select “Issue Residence Permit”
  4. Enter the required details
  5. Upload a passport-size photo (blue background)
  6. Take a picture of a family member’s signature and upload it. For children, write their names on a piece of paper and upload it as their signature.
  7. Pay QR 500 + QR 20 as a QPost delivery charge.

You can track your QID delivery on the MOI website. The sponsor’s QID number can be used for tracking.

QPost Request Tracking On MOI Website
QPost Request Tracking on the MOI website

Qatar Family Visa Fees

Below is a breakdown of all costs associated with a family residence visa:

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

Document attestation and typing centre fees (if required) will be extra. There will be an additional charge of QR 500 per person if you transfer a visit visa to a residence visa without exiting the country.

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Registering For National Address

Once the QID is printed, ensure that the National Address is registered for the new QID holder. You can do this at any MOI service center or through the Metrash mobile app.

Children’s National Addresses can be registered using their sponsor’s Metrash app. For the wife to register on Metrash, she needs to obtain a SIM card with her own QID and then proceed to register a National Address.

Please note that a resident’s Qatar ID cannot be renewed without registering his/her National Address.

Rules For Sponsoring Adult Children

When applying for visas, it’s important to know 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 QIDs exceeding the legal age may be granted a Residence Permit under their parents’ sponsorship 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 under family sponsorship. This work permit can also be applied for using the Metrash app.

Here is a detailed video explaining the residence visa steps:

READ NEXT: How To Convert Family Visit Visa To Residence Visa

FAQ on Qatar Family Residence Visa

What is the minimum salary for family visa in Qatar?

As of September 2023, you should have a minimum salary of QR 10,000 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 the Duhail 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 to immediate family members like spouses and children. Parents can be sponsored in exceptional cases.

How much does a family visa cost in Qatar?

The cost of an initial entry visa is QR 200 and Qatar ID is QR 500 per year. There are other expenses like Medical Test fees (QR 100) and miscellaneous expenses like attestation charges.

What to do if the application is “Under Process” for a Family Visa in Qatar?

If the application status of your family visa is still “Under Process” after submission, there is nothing much to do except wait. Note that as of 2023, there is a delay in most applications.

What is the meaning of Family Visa “Under Review”?

If the family visa status is under review, it means the file is being processed by an officer. This is normally a good sign.

Is health insurance required for Family Residence Visa?

No, health insurance is not required for Family Residence Visa. It is only needed for visit visas.

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  1. Hi All, I got RP visa for my wife recently. I wanted to share my experience so that it might help others. I work in public sector my salary is 10k now, after my wife arrives, company will provide allowance with that it will reach 15k, however i provided 10k as salary proof requirement. Metrash status changes as follows
    1st May: Under process
    2nd May : Under review
    Status got stuck for almost 20 days. I was afraid it will be delayed for months after reading comments here. With the intervention of my PRO
    22 May : Under process
    23 rd May: Under process with visa no.
    28 th May : Approved received SMS
    I believe if your PRO is strong he can make things done.

  2. Hi DG,
    My daughter (India) staying in Qatar on Hayya visa. and waiting for RP.

    And her passport will expiring on October 2023. Please advise how can i renew her passport inside the Qatar and what are the possibile way?

    If she can get the passport from home country only, Then Same time RP if get approved with old passport number. Is there any entry problem in airport for old passport number issue on visa?

    Advance Thanks team DG.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi CR, We are not sure if Indian Embassy will renew passport for visitors. Usually they ask for QID. You need to confirm this with Embassy or ICC.
      If the passport number changes, after RP approval you can visit MOI Service Center and get it updated (to avoid issues at airport).

  3. Hi DG,

    Any hope for below 15K salary person family RP!!

    I had followed for RP 2021 to 2022, That time application was rejected.

    07 June 2022 to 07 June 2023 This time my application status is under process to under review changed on first week of may 2023 but still same under review status and my application will expire tomorrow.

    How can I approach further?

  4. I got my NOC one month ago from my company. For some reason still i did not upload the documents. How long my NOC valid

  5. Hii any hope or any idea ??? Pls anyone pls tell … it’s been more than 5 week still under review… when will they show kindness .. pls anyone visited gharaffa

  6. Hi DG, I have received message that documents are missing, when I open Application in metrash all my documents are showing as missing, and when I tried to attached missing documents and proceeding further and pressing yes to submit I am getting message as family visit and cross ❌ mark what does this mean and not proceeding further, if anybody faced same problem please help me to upload documents.

    1. Shahid Rizwan

      Hello Mohammed,
      I faced same issue and then I tried uploading documents from another phone (both Andriod) and it worked for me. Please try through a different phone either Android or iOS and it should work. Thank you.

  7. My Application status
    Under process – march10
    Under review – may 9
    Under process – June 5

  8. Hi!

    I had applied for my wife’s RP and the same is under process from last 9months. To be on a safer side I have again taken updated salary statement from the bank. But there is no option in Metrash for updating new statement. My wife is into 9th month of pregnancy , In last 9 months I have tried to get approval by visiting Al Gharrafa Immigration many times but either the department is closed and when it got open they checked my application and said it is approved you will get message within 2 weeks but it did not happened again when I visited they said after Eid it will be approved and after Eid it again got closed.

    I am eligible for family visa and I have all the required documents with me. In case I am going wrong can someone help me to get a RP for my wife and then for my baby.

    1. Prakash
      The best time to go to immigration for private 1.30pm _2pm. Alest u get to see officer who will explain d situation of ur visa.remenber private was put on hold becos of world cup. I think u need to go there in d afternoon to update ur record.

      1. Today I visited immigration at 1.30 PM, no one was their and was informed by security inside that working timing is now 6.30 – 12.30PM.

  9. Dear DG

    My application moved to under process from under review on 27nth May , but still Visa number not available . How long will it take now for approval and fi al RP

    1. Hi Prabhat,

      Under process status changed automatically in metrash or you met the captain for status change. Please advise

    2. It changed from Under Review to Under process automatically but I don’t know when its going to be with visa number and final approved status

    3. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Prabhat, There is no standard time nowadays. It needs to be reviewed by an officer and then approved by Captain (will go to Under Process again). After this visa number will be issued.

  10. Dear DG
    I have my application under review to under process almost 10 days ago.
    how long need to wait for visa number or still have chances for rejection my application?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Saif, There is no standard time nowadays. It needs to be reviewed by an officer and then approved by Captain (will go to Under Process again). After this visa number will be issued.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Anika, If you want to work under Family RP, your employer has to apply for work permit. You cannot apply yourself.

  11. Hi Everyone

    Can anyone share their experience of how can one sponsor mother because he is unable to leave her alone in the home country? How can I file a case so it is given special consideration ? I earn 20k+ with accommodation given by employer.


  12. I have submitted RP application for my wife on april 2.Status changed from under process to under review on april 15. After that no update and i have been visiting the immigration office every week but always they say come next week sometime they say private sector is not open.My wife is in visit visa and it is expiring in two days. If she exit the country existing RP application will cancelled? Please advise

    1. Hi Sabari
      No it will not be cancelled.. but u have to wait and bring them back only after residence visa gets approve which now days is not possible soon and soon after they says come after bakid (execturation)

      Suggestions not to have hayya as again it will cost for exit if got approved in this period.

      Note : Visit visa once get exit .. 180 days you can not apply new one .

  13. Hi DG…

    Is there any chance of getting admission of kids into Indian schools on Hayya card entry???….as we don’t have ID’s yet.
    Plz suggest any possible ways

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Raju, Unfortunately it is a requirement from Ministry of Education that students should have Qatar ID before taking school admission. You can check directly with the schools if they can give any exception.

  14. Hi,
    For my case I visited captain and it changed from under review to under process. Now for my wife under process with visa number issued but for my children below 5 years only under process showing (no visa number shown). Is it all ok?

    1. Hi irfan,
      When did you meet the captain?
      Are they allowing or you knew someone inside?
      My application is under review since one month

  15. frustratedexpat

    the update from this article is outdates, as of last two week, they have told everyone at gharaffa that the gate 03 is closed for 2 weeks, now as of June 1st they are only entertaining walking in for gov and semi gov, private are asked to come back in two weeks again. I have been asked to come back in 2 weeks since first week of may. so the update about gharaffa taking family RP for private is wrong. please update to reflect reality and avoid wasting people time standing in queue for hours to be asked to leave.

    1. Hi , are you sure they are allowing walk in for government sector ?? I am working in govt. but my application also under review since one month and they didn’t allow me to go inside
      I went there 4-5 times

    2. Doha Guides Team

      Dear Expat, We can understand your frustration. But we don’t understand what update you are referring to. We have clearly mentioned in all our RP Updates (May 2023) that “Gharaffa Immigration is not entertaining walk-in follow-ups for private RP”. Many applicants who submitted by Metrash have received approvals and document submission requests in May. We are updating based on the experience of others. Please read the updates and comments from others before visiting.

  16. Hai,

    Anyone here visited Garafa for family RP followup with captain. Are they allowing Private sector applicants to meet the captain now?

    1. Yes Boss, Same story from the Jan month and the default template message in the Garafa gate come after two weeks.

  17. Any advice what should we do since my wife is in hayya visa here, we need to exit the country. What are the requirements coming back to qatar we are planning to exit to dubai. Thanks a lot dohaguides.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Razon, If your Family RP is approved, you can simply exit to another country and come back using the Family RP Visa. During entry show the RP visa and inform the immigration officer that you want to enter on RP. If you don’t tell them they may mark entry on Hayya visa. If the entry is on RP, the sponsor (husband) will get a message from Metrash.

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