Qatar Family Visa (Residence): Requirements and Guide 2023

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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

26 September 2023 Family RP Status

Family Residence Visa (RP): The new Immigration office at Al Duhail is NOT allowing follow-up visits regarding Family RP applications. Those who visited this week were asked to come back in October.

Processing of Family RPs for private sector employees was normal from August. Many applicants with salaries above QR 10,000 received approvals in August and September. However, numerous applications with salaries less than QR 10,000 (even QR 9,900) were reportedly rejected.

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

Even though there was a hold on RP for children above 6 years, some of them have been approved recently.

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. assalamu alaikum ww

    we have approved rp visa but we r now under hayya can we go to the medical and finger print before exit?

  2. My wife rp is approved. She is already in qatar via hayya with me. does she need to exit qatar and come back or is there any other way?

  3. hi dg,

    -dec 2022 wife & son rp applied
    -under process
    -july 30 wife missing document – 3 months bank statement
    -aug 7 son visa approved
    -aug 15 wife missing document – noc
    -still under process
    -sep 10 visited moi duhail, lady talked to the senior officer behind her, printed receipt & said 1 week inshallah approve
    -under review
    -sep 14 went back to moi duhail;
    > lady scanned my qid & she said already approved waiting for captain signature but i asked her that i really need rp for my 6 yrs old son asap for school & told me talk to the captain
    > saw & took to the captain, told him i need wife rp approve asap so my son can have rp & allowed in school & he said go back to the lady ask a receipt
    > lady printed the receipt, i gave to the captain & he said in 3 days i will receive approved sms
    -sep 17 under review with visa number
    -sep 20 approved

    salary: 10k

    thanks for the informations here dg, more power!


    1. 20.09.2023
      As per msgs on group above 6 years age children many have got RP approval since yesterday. So, this is ur time. No idea if it change or not. *What u can do today, do that Today, Dont keep for tomorrow.* Nothing is predictable here or cant give assurance

      1. Hi Muhammed,

        Thanks for the update. Applied 1st Septemeber and still under process. What do you mean “what u can do today”? What can we do can you explain further?


          Dear Members ,You can Goto New Immigration Hall 11 for Followup even on the Family RP Application submission day(Dont waste your Time & Money Going to Other MOI for RP Followup).

          Try your level best in any manner to come out with a status change for the RP Application after your visit to Immigration. 

          First of all Observe, Try your luck with Different Officers if in case.

          Try at Less Crowded Times..

          Dont procrastinate and keep things for later.

          Anyways Choice is yours whether to go for RP Followup or not!

          RP Applicants need to find their own approach to obtain Family RP. Its our need..So Chase until you get Visa No(Under Process with visa no) is what I have to say to everyone, Visiting Main Immigration can expedite the process if allowed, rather than waiting for automatic progression. There is no priority with regards to Salary/Application No/Application Date. Also, no use in asking time frame of the processes. I have already said many times this. 

          Keep Looking out for Updates and plan your visit atleast once in a week accordingly.

  4. Hi DG Team Good afternoon,
    Mt husband had applied Rp visa through metrash on 16th of August .It’s more than a month but it’s still under process. Can you please suggest how much time it will take?

    1. There is no time Limit. Its upon MOI Decision.
      I applied Last year 2022 September & Got Approved August 2023.
      So dont know exactly some may got apporved in 1day , some got 1week, some got 1month..,etc.,
      Case by case Study.
      Its like Thesis. Its Going…

    2. Hi Mk, Sorry to say that there is no standard timeline. In some cases it gets approved in weeks, while it takes months for others.

  5. HI DG Team,

    First of all thank you for this post. It really helps a lot of people especially those processing their family resident visa including me. *sigh*

    My status now is on the stage number 4 (already under process and with visa issued number) -issued Sept 19, 2023.

    My question is that, my wife visiting visa will be expired on Sept 21, 2023 (after tomorrow) and my FAMILY RESIDENT VISA is still at stage 4 (with issued visa number) which normally will take one week, do I need to pay for the penalty once her Visit Visa expired?

    Or since my wife already have a family resident visa issued as mentioned then they will no longer run the penalty?

    I am looking forward to get an answer. Appreciated it in advance.

    Thank you so much.


    1. Hi Nimrod, As per the rule, current visit visa should be closed or visitor should exit before the deadline or else there will be a penalty of QR 200 per day. Since you are not planning to exit the country, your best option will be to request the Captain for a waiver. You can request this when you visit the Service Center for changing Visit Visa to RP. Usually they will waive it off if they are convinced. Good luck!

      1. Dear DG Team,
        Thank you for this very helpful reply. One last thing, where is the location of “service center” that you mentioned for changing Visit visa to RP?.

        I will try my best to convince them. Based on my experience you really need to pleased them and le them feel that its really a big help. Even sometimes its really hard and tough talking to them. After all, patience is a virtue.

  6. Hi DG Team,

    First of all thank you very much for very informative article.

    I have two questions, and I am looking forward to your response.

    1. My profession on my QID is Accountant, and I am a fully qualified ACCA member (professional qualification). I have no academic qualification such as a Bachelor’s degree. As there is no option to mention professional qualifications on the contract, my company has updated my education on my MOI contract to “Higher Diploma.” Will this be a problem?

    2. My MOI contract was recently updated to match my current salary, which I have been receiving for the last four months. However, I have not yet received a salary credit since the contract update, and will only receive one in another 10 days. Can I apply for RP now, or should I wait until I receive a salary credit post contract update?

    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Mohamed, (1) It is not yet clear what all professions require a bachelors degree. Since you have no other option, you can try applying with what you have.
      (2) Regarding the salary transfer it will depend on how much is the difference. If the difference is minor and your earlier salary was above QR 10,000 it should be alright.
      If there is a big difference in salary, you should wait for at least one transfer.

      1. Thank You DG Team. Will it be helpful if I merge NOC and my ACCA certificate, and upload in other documents while applying through metrash2?

  7. Hello DG Team,
    I submitted RP applications for my wife and child at the beginning of September 2023. The approval process seems to be taking longer than expected, and the Immigration office has suggested a visit in October. I’ve noticed on DG page that visit visas are currently being approved. Would it be possible to apply for visit visas for my wife and child in parallel with the RP application that’s already in progress?

    1. Hi DG Team,
      My son visa got approved yesterday, and my wife visa still under process.
      Any idea how long it will take to approve her visa.
      Thanks in advance and appreciated your usual updates.

      1. Hi Muhammed, Depends on what stage it is. If it is Under Processing with visa number it will be approved in a week.

      1. Thank you Doha Guide for your response.

        My wife was previously on a Visit visa in Qatar, and she exited the country at the beginning of August 2023. I’m interested in reapplying for her Visit visa now. However, I’ve come across conflicting information regarding the minimum duration required before reapplying for a Visit visa. Some sources suggest a minimum of one month, while others mention a requirement of at least six months before reapplying. Could you please clarify the exact policy and duration for reapplying for a Visit visa?

        1. Hi IK, You can check that by applying on Metrash. Most probably you will see an error message that you need to complete 180 days after exit. You can see this before you submit the application. So don’t take flight tickets in advance. Please let us know what happens.

  8. Thank you Dohaguides team for the wonderful info and guidance. My wife’s RP was approved today (private, 12k salary, applied august 5). Keep up the good work.

  9. Hi Admin,

    In my labour contract my profession mentioned as telecom engineer. But dgree mentioned as No dgree. Is it a issue for my family rp

    1. better ask ur company pro to endorse it, saw from a message on RP Updates Whatsapp Group, a member got rejection as its mentioned secondary on labor contract. if company not willing not change,then merge it with company noc into single jpg and upload in other documents to be on safer side

  10. I applied for my spouse and child at start of sep-2023 through Metrash. I visited New Immigration office today (19.09.2023). They did not allow me enter and asked me to visit again after 15th Oct. Apparently, they are allowing Govt. employees only.

    1. Hi Junaid, Earlier 6 months bank statement was compulsory. Nowadays they are verifying salary through WPS. So you can try with 3 months also. We are not sure if it will be approved.

  11. Hi DG Team,
    My husband applied for our family RP on 11.08.23, it’s more than one month nw, still system shows under process only.
    May I know wt is the reason for delay?
    or it’s a sign of rejection?

    1. Hi Fathi, It is not rejection, just means your application is not yet reviewed. Nowadays there is a delay in processing.

  12. Hello DG team,

    My profession in QID is foreman am I eligible to apply for family visit visa or family residence visa. My salary is above 10000QR.

    Please advise. Thank you

  13. Finger prints can be done from CID immigration at salwa road only. Go there and u will get your fingerprints done and wait for confirmation msg. After 2-3 days you can print your QID from immigration office.

    1. Hi Zainab, Could you please confirm source of this information? As far as we know nowadays it can be done at most MOI Service Centers as well as CID in Salwa. Have you done fingerprint recently?

  14. I can see that the tenancy contract is no longer required for RP visa application. Could you please confirm if this is true?

  15. My husband applied for my family visa on 12th of August, it still shows under process. He also visited both the offices they are not allowing him in and said keep on checking online only

  16. Hi DG team,
    My wife’s family residence got rejected for the reason “Reapply with the Latest Documents”. I went there direct to new immigration office, But from the gate they are not allowing inside and telling come after one month, I don’t know exactly what to do. what are the latest documents they need. because marriage certificate, NOC and Wife passport only I uploaded. please advise and help

    1. Hi Mushafiq, Please check if your NOC is dated within 3 months & marriage certificate is attested. If yes, you have to check with them what is missing. Since they are not allowing entry now, retry after some days.

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