Doha

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Services Offered by the Community Welfare Wing, Embassy of PAKISTAN, Doha

 

Question No 1: Why Character certificate from Pakistan Embassy, Qatar is required?

Ans:- Pakistan Embassy, Qatar issues charcter certificate to facilitate Pakistanis residing in Qatar in order to get their Police clearance certificate from local authorities. The local authorities do not issue police clearance certificate unless Charcter certificate is issued in favour of applicant by the Embassy of Pakistan, Qatar. Police clearance certificate is pre-requisite for securing jobs, registration as Engineers or doctors in Qatar and immigration purposes. The certificate is issued on same day.

Question No 2: How Pakistani national residing in Qatar can acquire character certificate?

Ans:- Applicant has to submit dully filled form alongwith copies of his valid passport, CNIC/NICOP, QID, contact letter or NOC from previous sponsor and two fresh pictures. Further, copies of valid passport, CNIC/NICOP and QID of two witnesses are also required. Application form can be provided at the spot or applicant may download from the website of Embassy

http://www.mofa.gov.pk/qatar/documents/CC.pdf

 

Question No 3: What are the requirements for issuance of NOC in case of transportation of body of deceased to Pakistan?

Ans:- Upon submission of following documents, this Mission issued NOC for transportation of body of deceased to Pakistan

    1. Original Passport of deceased.
    2. Copy of QID/Visa and CNIC/NICOP of deceased.
    3. Copy of Death Certificate issued by Public Health Department, Qatar.
    4. Copy of Transfer of Dead Body Certificate issued by Ministry of Interior, Qatar
    5. Copy of Notification of Death issued by Ministry of Public Health, Qatar
    6. Copy of Passport & QID of Relative.

 In case of local burial all the aforementioned documents are required with the exception that burial authorization letter from Public Health Department, Qatar is needed instead of transfer of dead body certificate. The respective NOC is issued on same day.

Question No 4: What are the requirements for issuance of transfer of residence certificate?

Ans:- Embassy of Pakistan, Doha issues Transfer of Residence (TR) certificate to Pakistani nationals who are moving to Pakistan on permanent basis. TR is used by applicant on relaxation of tax on used household items. Following documents are required:

  1. A written request from the applicant.
  2. Copies of valid CNIC/NICOP, Passport and Qatar ID.
  3. Termination letter from Company/Sponser.
  4. Applicant must have minimum of 05 years service in Qatar.

 

The said certificate is issued on same day.

 

 

 

Question No 5: How Pakistanis can lodge their complaints in Pakistan?

Ans:- Pakistani nationals residing in Qatar can lodge their complaints regarding matters of property disputes, illegal occupation etc in Pakistan by submitting following documents:

  1. Written request from applicant.
  2. Copies of valid Passport, QID and NICOP/CNIC of applicant
  3. Contact Number (Qatar) and email address of applicant
  4. Contact No. of focal person in Pakistan on behalf of applicant (if any)
  5. Address, CNIC No. and contact No. of the person(s) against whom complaint is lodged (if any)

Pakistan Embassy, Qatar forwards the applicant for redresal of grievances to Overseas Pakistani Foundation, Islambad for appropriate action.

Question No 6: What are requirements for issuance of Emergency Travel Document (ETD)?

Ans:-

  1. Pakistani nationals who are staying Illegaly or lost their passport and wants to travel to Pakistan

 

  1. Written request from applicant
  2. Copies of NICOP, Passport and QID of applicant
  3. Two fresh photographs.
  4. Police report

 

  1. For New Born Baby (Emergency Travel)

 

  1. Written request from both parents
  2. Copy of Birth Certificate (Baby).
  3. Copies of Passport, NICOP/CNIC and QID /Visa of Parents.
  4. Copy of Marriage Certificate.
  5. Two fresh photographs
  6. Copy of CNIC/NICOP /Token of newborn baby

 

The respective ETD is issued in one day.

 

Question No 7: How Pakistani nationals residing in Qatar can protect their visa?

Ans:- Embassy of Pakistan, Doha-Qatar also protects the visas of working Pakistanis in the State of Qatar upon provision of following documents in triplicate. The benefit of visa protection is the insurance of 01 Million Pakistani rupees which is given to family of applicant in case applicant dies or injured while performing job.

  1. Application form for membership of OPF
  2. Insurance form
  3. Copies of valid Passport, CNIC/NICOP and QID
  4. Copy of Contract
  5. Three fresh photographs
  6. Bank Draft of PKR 2000/- in favour of OPF from UBL Bank, Doha
  7. Bank Draft of PKR 2500/- in favour of State Life Insurance from UBL Bank,        Doha.

 

Question No 8: How Pakistani nationals can apply for Overseas Pakistani Foundation Membership card?

Ans:- All Pakistani nationals residing in the State of Qatar can apply for OPF Membership card by submitting following documents in the Embassy of Pakistan, Doha.

  1. Application Form
  2. Copies of valid Passport, QID and CNIC/NICOP
  3. Copy of Visa Protector stamp on passport
  4. In case visa is not protected then applicant has to submit PKR 2000/- Bank Draft   issued in favour of OPF from UBL Bank branch, Doha.

Moreover, Pakistanis can also apply online for OPF membership card through OPF website:

https://www.opf.org.pk/opf-membership/

 

Question No 9: How Pakistani nationals can apply for Remittance Card?

Ans:- Government of Pakistan has replaced the Remittance card (FERC) with digital Sohni dharti Remittance app. Through this app overseas Pakistanis can now avail benefits in the fields of Passports, PIA tickets, Car and mobile duty tax etc. The app can be downloaded from playstore or apple store. For further details applicants can visit the following website:

https://www.sbp.org.pk/sohnidharti/index.html

 

Question No 10: What is the latest Covid related policy of the State of Qatar?

Ans:- Ministry of Public Health, Qatar regularly updates the Travel and Return Policy on account of Covid-19 and the latest information can be obtained through the following link:

https://covid19.moph.gov.qa/EN/travel-and-return-policy/Pages/default.aspx

 

Question No 11: What is the procedure for transportation of dead body to Pakistan from Qatar?

Ans:-

 

Step

Department

Certificate

Requirement

1

Concerned Deptt of Hospital/ Ministry of Public Health

Notification of Death

QID/Passport

2

Humanitarian Services Office

(Public Health Deptt)

Umm Al Obairyat St. near Hamad Hospital Mortuary

Death Certificate

QID/Passport of deceased  and Applicants QID/Passport + Death Notification

 

Humanitarian Services Office

 (Ministry of Interior)

Umm Al Obairyat St. near Hamad Hospital Mortuary

Transfer of Dead Body Certificate

-do-

3

In case of Police case; Concerned Police Station

NOC/Letter

-do-

4

Embassy of Pakistan

Issuance of NOC for Transportation of Dead Body

Application Form available with the Embassy signed by Relative/Representative of Company/Employer

Original Passport  of Deceased.

QID of Deceased

CNIC of Deceased

Death Notification

Death Certifiate

NOC from M/o Interior

In case of Police case, a Certifiate from Police Station concerned.

Applicant’s:

QID/Company Card

Passport

CNIC/NICOP

5

Humanitarian Services Office

 (Representative of Qatar Airways)

Cargo/Booking of Dead body for transportation

Above mentioned all papers

6

In case of carrier is PIA

 

Booking Office PIA, Burwa Village

and come to Darwish cargo office, get requisite papers:

QNT Cargo Department - Darwish Holidays,  Building No 212, Shop No 526, Zone 45, Street No. 310, Old Airport Road, Doha – Qatar

Above mentioned all papers + the requisite papers from Darwaish Cargo Office.

7

Qatar Airways Cargo Head Office. Cargo Terminal Doha International Airport Road

Immigration Clearance

Set of Complete papers

8

Custom Clearance

Qatar Airways Cargo Head Office. Cargo Terminal Doha International Airport Road

Custom Clearance

Set of Complete papers

9

Mortuary of the Hospital concerned

Transfer of Dead Body

Set of Complete papers including Immigration/custom clearance papers.

On the scheduled time of flight the Ambulance picks the dead body to shift at cargo of the flight concerned.

 

Question No 12: What are the general etiquettes observed in the State of Qatar?

Ans:- Qatar is a contemporary and forward-thinking country but it holds its heritage very close and when it comes to traditions, customs and culture there are certain etiquettes that are still being followed to this day. As an expat in Qatar, you may be aware of some of these etiquettes, but maybe not all of them. And, if you're new to Qatar, this is a great guide to help you integrate into Qatari society and learn more about the country and its values.

  1. Visiting Qatari homes

 

  1. Greeting etiquettes

When you visit a Qatari home, greet people according to their status and age (the elderly and those that have a higher status must be greeted first, and also the women). If you touch a child on their head, it's also a sign of respect for them and means may God bless the child. Some people in Qatar prefer not to shake hands with the opposite sex as it is deemed religiously inappropriate, but they may hold their right hand on the heart as a sign of greeting.

  1. Removing the shoes

You may be expected to take off your shoes when you go to a Qatari home because it's part of Qatari traditions, but this varies from home to home. You can keep your socks on, but if you take them off, make sure your feet are clean.

  1. Arabic coffee etiquettes

Arabic coffee (gahwa) is served from a traditional coffee pot known as the ‘dallah’ in a mini delicate cup called the ‘finjaan’- that does not have a handle - and even that is not filled to the top. It should be filled up to 1/4th of the cup, so it isn't too hot when the guest sips it. The Qatari host will always try the Arabic coffee first to ensure it's good enough to serve the guests. Each guest is served in the same way individually; the coffee is never poured into ‘finjaans’ and served in a tray. The guest must always drink from the right hand. Do keep in mind that if you hand the 'finjaan' back to the person serving the Arabic coffee, it means you want a refill, and if you don't want any more coffee, you must jiggle (shake from side to side) the 'finjaan' which indicates that you've had enough.

  1. Dining etiquettes

Don't be surprised if you sit on the floor to eat and everyone eats the machboos (rice and meat/chicken) from the same huge platter. This is common in Qataris and is a way to bond and share. If someone puts food on your plate with their hands, don't mind it, as they wash their hands before the meals. This is a gesture of welcoming guests and letting them know they are important. Food is generally eaten with the hands (but this may differ from household to household). Only the right hand should be used for eating. When you are full, it's common to leave a tiny portion (a smidgen) of food on the plate to indicate to the host that you enjoyed the food and are now full. It's also a way of telling the host that they were very gracious. End your meal by saying "Alhamdulilah" (thanks and praise be to God) out loud. When the meal is over, someone will go around with bukhoor. You can place your hands above the smoke and wave the aromatic scent towards you so you can eliminate the odour of the food.

  1. Majlis etiquette

 

            If you're invited to a Qatari majlis, that's a sign of great respect and trust. It means that you've got an open-ended invitation to pass by and have some refreshments (even if someone isn't there). There are usually separate majlis's for men and women. Women cannot enter the men's majlis and vice versa. Dress modestly for the majlis; if it's a formal majlis, dress formally, if it's a casual one, you can be as casual as you want. When you enter the majlis, you must remove your shoes. Greetings are also very important. The formal greeting extended to the host and other guests upon your arrival is “Salaam Alaikum” (peace be upon you) and reply to this is “Alaikum As Salaam” (and         on you, too, peace). Usually, Arabic coffee and/or refreshments will be offered upon your arrival and should be accepted only with your right hand.

 

  1. Clothing

 

            When you're out and about, it's better to dress modestly and appropriately to          respect the Qatari culture and traditions, as you will see that Qataris are always            modestly dressed.

  1. Dressing etiquettes for women

Abayas are not compulsory for Qatari women; however, a lot of local ladies do wear them as a symbol of their culture and heritage. And, yes, if you want to have the full cultural experience, as a non-Qatari woman you can wear an abaya, too, and it doesn't have to be black. If you are planning on visiting a government building or a mosque, wearing shorts, skirts and sleeveless tops are prohibited. For the mosque, you will also need to cover your hair.

  1. Dressing etiquettes for men

For men, they should keep their shirts on, unless they're at the beach and if they wear shorts, it should preferably cover the knees. If you go to a government building you must not be wearing shorts or a sleeveless T-shirt. And, yes, non-Qataris are allowed to wear thobes. In fact, Qataris will feel honoured that you want to try their national dress and embrace the Qatari culture.

 

  1. Public spaces

 

  1. Queuing etiquettes

If you're standing in a queue or you're having a conversation with a Qatari, they may stand at a little distance. They are not being rude or offending you; they are just respecting your personal space. In Qatar, you'll often find places like hospitals, government buildings, banks, etc. where there are separate queues for men and women. Please respect the segregation and stay in your own line.

  1. Photography etiquettes

If you're taking photographs in public, be cautious and avoid taking pictures of the locals, especially Qatari women, as many don't like being photographed. Also, for security reasons, you should avoid taking pictures of government institutions, some archaeological sites, and other sensitive areas in Qatar like military sites and refinery areas.

  1. Don't stare

Don't stare at people; it's just very rude and inappropriate to stare at anyone.

 

  1. Workplaces

 

            Meeting and greeting etiquette

            If you're a man who has a business meeting with a Qatari woman, it’s best to not extend your hand for a handshake but greet verbally. In some cases, especially if meeting a woman, a Qatari man may not shake hands, but hold his right hand against the heart as a sign of greeting.

 

  1. Weddings

 

            There are two wedding parties in Qatar: one for the man and one for the woman because weddings are mostly segregated with men in one place and women in another.

  1. Men's wedding etiquettes

      When a Qatari man gets married, anyone who knows him can come to the wedding reception which is usually held in a huge dedicated wedding tent, wedding hall or even in a hotel. As a guest, you should greet him; eat the wedding feast and leave. You don't need to necessarily bring anything to the wedding; just make sure you're well-groomed and neatly dressed.

 

 

  1. Women's wedding etiquettes

      A Qatari wedding reception for women is invite-only; it's quite the lavish set-up and an honour to be part of something so intimate. There are no men at the women's reception. Photography is not allowed so don't be surprised if someone takes your mobile or camera for the time you're there. Qatari women like their privacy and since it's a women's only gathering, they will be without their abayas and hijabs, dressed up in their finest clothes, and it's offensive and     very inappropriate to even consider taking their photographs in this kind of        setting. In between, the groom comes for a wedding shoot, but before he             enters, the women put their abayas and hijabs back on. The groom stays for a short while, and after he leaves, the women take off their abayas and hijabs,           and the wedding celebrations continue. You don't have to bring a gift. In fact, in many Qatari weddings, you'll end up taking home a gift instead, when you leave!

 

  1. Funerals

 

            Ladies are not allowed at funerals. If you're attending a Qatari funeral, avoid         wearing something that's too casual (likes jeans and a T-shirt) or something that's    too dressy, and don't bring anything with you. Your presence is more than         enough            for the family of the    deceased. When you attend a funeral, pay respects        to the   family of the deceased and if you are served refreshments like coffee, take             it with the right hand only. When you leave, you don't need to go seek them out to          say goodbye, because they are probably busy with other guests or handling             funeral details.

 

  1. Right is right

 

               The right is always the right side in Qatar. So, whether you're stepping out of an elevator or a door, off an escalator or stairs, through revolving doors, the             person on the right side should move out first. If a Qatari gives you something, you must receive it with your right hand, even if you are left-handed.

 

  1. Offensive gestures

 

            Qataris also find it insulting if someone puts their hand behind their neck unless    they are friends or have that kind of comfort level. Pointing fingers at someone is    also considered rude. In a meeting or a conversation with a Qatari, avoid looking         at your watch, it's considered insulting, and the other person may just stop the      meeting or conversation with you.

 

  1. Crossing your legs

 

            Never sit with your legs crossed in such a way that the foot of one leg is resting     on the knee of the other leg, with the foot facing another person's face. This is   considered an insult in Qatar.

 

  1. Tipping

      In Qatari tradition, there is no tipping culture, but since many expats live in the country, you will find them tipping in restaurants, cafes and other places. However, there's no specific amount or fixed percentage that you have to tip. It's entirely up to you.

 

Question No 14: How the manpower demand attested by CWA wing Qatar?

Ans:- The following documents having the requisite information are required to be submitted to the CWA Wing for manpower demand attestation.

  1. Demand Letter, Power of Attorney, Sample Employment Contract and       Undertaking for Quarantine, Covide-19 test expenses and payment of salary,          food, accommodation & medical, if pandemic here again, on letterhead pad of   the company attested from MOFA and Chamber of Commerce Qatar.
  2. Minimum Wage according to Qatar Labour Law as QAR (Basic-1000+Food-        300 + Accommodation-500).
  3. Visa Approval Tracking number.
  4. Establishment/Computer Card.
  5. QID of the sponsor.
  6. Copy of CR of the Company.
  7. Business card of HR Manager of the Company/Contact Number and Email of        HR Manager.
  8. Contact Number and Email of Qatari Manpower Agency
  9. Fee QAR.33 for each document/demand +QAR 3(POS charges).

In case of Short Term Visas:

  1. Copy of Contract Award Letter.
  2. Copy of Letter of Assistance (LOA).
  3. Copy of Letter addressed to Immigration Dept. of State of Qatar for approval of visas.
  4. Visa Approval Tracking Number for short term visas.

Question No 15: How to change of sponsorships/jobs?

Ans:-

  1. Applicant has to submit an application online for change of jobs through Ministry of Labour’s (MoL) Electronic Notification System. Go to the Ministry’s website and print a copy of the “Change Employer” form. Fill in the form with all the requested information about yourself and about your new employer, and then sign it. Also ask your new employer to put the official stamp of the company and sign the form.

(https://www.adlsa.gov.qa/en/E-Services/EServicesAttachments/Change%20Employer%20Form.pdf

  1. Take a picture or scan the complete & signed form, and log onto the MoL’s electronic notification system using your Qatari ID (QID) number and your mobile phone number. Remember the mobile phone number you use to log in must be linked to your QID. Once you have entered the system, upload the completed & signed “Change Employer” form.
  2. Once applicant submits his application, the system will generate an EC (Employer Change) number that will appear on screen. The EC number is very important, so make sure you write it down for record purpose.
  3. Once the application for change of sponsorship has been approved by the Ministry, applicant will receive an SMS from the Ministry confirming change of jobs and notify him about his notice period. Both the current employer and new employer will also receive an SMS. If applicant has worked with his current employer for two years or less, your notice period will be 1 month. If applicant has worked with his current employer for more than two years, his notice period will be 2 months. The end of notice period will be indicated in the SMS from the Ministry. You have to continue working for your current employer during the notice period.
  4. Within three months from the end of your notice period, your new employer has to submit the details of your employment contract through MoL’s Digital Authentication System for a Multi-lingual Employment Contract. This will generate your new employment contract, which both you and your new employer need to sign. Once signed by both of you, the new employer will upload it on to the MoL’s digital platform for authentication. Your new employer must give you a copy of the contract authenticated by the MoL. You can also download it from MoL’s website.
  5. Finally, your new employer will log into the Ministry of Interior’s Metrash services webpage to request a new QID for you. Your new employer must provide you with the new QID.

 

Question No 16: How to change Jobs during Probation Period?

Ans:- It may be stipulated in your employment contract that you shall be subject to a probation period agreed upon with your employer. However, this probation period must not exceed six months from the date of commencement of your work, and you cannot be subject to more than one probation period with the same employer. You may terminate the employment contract within the probation period, provided you comply with the following:

    1. Submit your application to change jobs through MoL’s electronic notification system as described above at least one month before you plan to leave your job.
    2. Your new employer must compensate your current employer a portion of the recruitment fees and one way air ticket at the level that was agreed to by the current and new employers, though not exceeding two months of your current basic wage.
    3. Upon the Ministry’s approval to change jobs, you will receive an SMS from MoL confirming your change of jobs and notifying you about your notice period. The end date of your notice period will be indicated in the SMS. You must continue to work with your current employer till the end date unless otherwise agreed with your current employer.

Question No 17: What Happens If Applicant does not complete the Notice Period with my Current Employer?

Ans:-If you decide to stop working before the end of your notice period, you will have to pay your current employer for every day of the notice period you do not work. This is calculated as an amount equivalent to your basic wage for the remaining part of the notice period on a pro rata basis. For example: If you want to stop working two weeks before the end of your notice period and your basic wage is QAR 1,500 per month, you will have to pay your employer QAR 750 to terminate the contract legally.

Question No 18: Can my Current Employer Cancel my QID after I Submit my application to Change Jobs?

Ans:-Once you have submitted your application to change jobs through MoL’s electronic notification system, your current employer cannot cancel your QID or file a false absconding case.

Question No 19: What Can I Do if My Current Employer Cancels My QID before I Submit My Application to Change Jobs?

Ans:-In case your current employer cancels your QID before you have submitted your application then you need to first submit a complaint either through the MoL’s Unified Platform for Complaints and Whistleblowers or by going to the MoL. Upon the Ministry’s review of your complaint, you will have to submit a signed letter in Arabic addressed to the Head of the Labour Relations Department requesting to reactivate your QID. In the letter, you should include a brief explanation on why you are requesting for your QID to be re-activated. Make sure to mention your QID and mobile phone numbers in the letter. In addition to the signed letter, you should also submit a copy of your QID, copy of the SMS notifying about the cancellation of your QID; and copy of the new job offer. Remember to keep a copy for these documents for your record. MoL will coordinate with the Ministry of Interior to reactivate your QID. You can check the status of your QID through Metrash.

Once your QID is re-activated you can then to apply to change jobs using MoL’s electronic notification system.

Question No 20: Can I just Leave Qatar and Come Back Again to Start a New Job?

Ans:-If you leave Qatar without giving a notification or completing your notice period, you will not be able to return to work in Qatar for one year. In order to avoid such a situation, you should follow the below procedures:

If you wish to leave Qatar during your probation period:

  1. You should notify your employer through MoL’s electronic notification system. The notice period should be agreed with your employer but should not be more than two months.
  2.  If you wish to leave without finishing your notice period, you should pay compensation to your employer amounting to your basic wage for the remaining part of the notice period, provided that this amount does not exceed two months basic wages.

If you wish to leave Qatar after your probation period:

  1.  If you have worked with the employer for two years or less, you have to notify your employer one month prior to the termination of the employment contract, through MoL’s electronic notification system.
  2. If you have worked with the employer for more than two years, you have to notify your employer two months prior to the termination of the employment contract, through MoL’s electronic notification system.
  3. If you wish to leave Qatar without observing the above notice period, you should pay the employer a compensation amounting to your basic wage for the remaining part of the notice period.

Question No 21: How can applicant lodge a labour complaint in the State of Qatar?

Ans:-The Qatar Government has provided many channels to lodge Labour complaint. Applicant can lodge complaint through any of the following channels:-

  1. In-person: Applicant can visit the Ministry of Labour Office, either in Al-Khore (only for men), Industrial Area or Al Huda Tower (only for ladies to raise complaint in person. Evidence of mistreatment and violations must be provided while lodging a complaint.

 

  1. Online: Applicant can lodge a complaint online at the following address

(https://www.adlsa.gov.qa/en/site/contact/complaints-and-suggestions).

 

  1. “Amerni mobile application: Applicant can also lodge complaints through the ‘Amerni App’. This app has electronic services in 33 different languages and enables you to submit your labour complaint. App can be downloaded from Google store and apple store.

 

  1. Labour Dispute Settlement Committees: Applicant can lodge a complaint through The Labour Dispute Settlement Committee. This Committee operate to improve employee’s access to justice. When dispute arises, employees and employers first present the dispute to the Ministry, which will take the necessary measures to resolve the issue amicably and examine the dispute raised within a period not exceeding seven days. When a complaint is raised the Labour Dispute Settlement Committee, the Committee arbitrates all disputes and its decision is issued with immediate enforcement within a period that does not exceed three weeks:-

 

SMS: 92727

Helpline: 16008

Email: LBR-complaints@adlsa.gov.qa

Website: https://www.adlsa.gov.qa./en

Note Applicant can check the status of his labour complaint: https://e.adlsa.gov.qa/labourComplaints/Default.aspx

 

  1. National Human Rights Committee: Applicant can also lodge a complaint to the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) at the following address

https://nhrc-qa.org/en/submit-a-complaint/

NHRC Telephone: 0097444048844
NHRC SMS Number : 119
NHRC E-mail: c@nhrc.org.qa
NHRC  Fax: 0097444444013

 Question No. 22: What is the process of Labour Dispute Resolution Mechanism?

Ans:-The basic guide for workers of the Labour dispute resolution system is attached at Annex-I.

Question No. 23: How to enquire the authentication of issued visa in the State of Qatar?

Ans:-The issued visas in the State of Qatar can be verified online by provision of visa number / passport number from the Ministry of Interior, Qatar. Applicant can check the authenticity of visa at the following address:

https://portal.moi.gov.qa

Question No. 24: What is the concept of Azad Visa?

Ans:-It is an illegal phenomenon under the Labour Laws of Qatar. Like other Gulf countries, in Qatar, many Pakistanis are working on the illegal phenomenon of Azad Visa. Under the law, no one can work with other employer/company/kafeel but many Pakistanis are working on these illegal set-ups which is popularly known as Azad Visa. During odd situations, Azad visa holders cannot challenge their wages/earnings through legal means and even face deportation in extreme situations. It is generally observed that almost all workers know and understand the consequences of Azad Visas but again they prefer to come on these visas so that they are not bound in one company/employer and may work as per their convenience. Moreover, many Pakistani obtain such visas and start their small business activities like supply of daily wagers, transport vehicles, constructions related machinery etc. However, their businesses are at high risks because they cannot declare the ownerships of such items on their own names. Therefore, in odd situations, they cannot claim legally their business interests

Question No. 25: How can applicants get work visa in Qatar?

Ans:-All available jobs in the State of Qatar for Pakistanis are uploaded on the website of Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment (https://beoe.gov.pk/foreign-jobs). Applicant can apply for the job matching to his /her qualification on the lines prescribed for the job by making contact with the authorized Overseas Employment Promoter (OEP). Moreover, many corporations / companies like Qatar Airways; Ashghal etc. recruit employees directly by advertising jobs on their websites. Applicant has to apply directly for jobs according to their matching qualification. Furthermore, many workers get work visa through their relatives / close friends who are already working in State of Qatar.

Question No. 26: Can visit visa be converted into work visa in Qatar?

Ans:- As per Qatar Labour Laws, a visit visa cannot be converted into work visa in the State of Qatar.

Question No. 27: What is the recruitment mechanism in State of Qatar from Pakistan?

Ans:- Any Pakistani national intending to come to Qatar for employment purpose has to complete all requirements including signing / submission of employment contract, medical examination and other formalities through Qatar Visa Center (QVC) at Islamabad or Karachi. In order to obtain work visa for Qatar first applicant has to secure a job from foreign company either through OEP or directly. Afterwards, he has to visit Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) where applicant will sign the agreement and submit required documents for job. Next step is medical examination conducted by QVC, if medical test comes fit, bio-metric verifications are carried out. QVC will ask the employer to apply for visa. Once the visa is approved the employer will provide tickets and bear the quarantine cost (if any).