Qatar extends grace period for expatriates, opens Visa on Arrival in Discover Qatar

In order to facilitate matters and to make visa status correction more convenient for expatriates, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has extended the grace period to correct illegal statuses until April 30th. Expatriates who have committed violations of the provisions of Law No. (21) of 2015 must correct their status before the deadline to ensure that they won’t have to face legal charges moving forward.

The aim is for a 50% reduction in the amount of reconciliation in order to alleviate matters for expatriate employees as well as for employers. The request for reconciliation must be submitted to the Search and Follow-up Department. This can also be done at the Umm Salal, Al Rayyan, Mesaimeer, Al Wakra or Umm Sanim service centres.

On the other hand, issuance and renewal of residence permits (reconciliation applications) can be done at Al Shamal, Al Khor, Al Daayen, Umm Salal, The Pearl, Onaiza, Souq Waqif, Al Rayyan, Umm Senaim, Al Sheehaniya, Mesaimeer, Al Wakra or Dukhan.

In order to avail of the grace period, those in question must be an expatriate in violation of residency rules, those who violated the work visa rules, domestic workers in violation of the law, or expats in violation of family residencies.

In other news, the Visa on Arrival hotel bookings are now back on the Discover Qatar website. According to the website, “the hotels available from this page are exclusively available for those who are required by the Ministry of Interior for the State of Qatar, to purchase a hotel booking in order to satisfy their visa request.” Accredited Travel Agencies can assist travellers via Cutting Edge India, PCG Iran, and Travel With Flair Pakistan.

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