Qatar grants permanent residence to owners of great services1

The Qatari Council of Ministers met today and the Cabinet approved a draft law on permanent residence card for non-Qatari nationals.

This came during the regular session of the Council of Ministers chaired by Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.

The Qatar News Agency said the council approved a draft law on permanent residence card.

Under the terms of the draft to the Minister of Interior "granting a permanent resident card to a non-Qatari if he meets the conditions specified by law", the agency did not mention it.

Such a card may also be granted to a non-Qatari by a decision of the Minister of Interior if he is a Qatari citizen married to a non-Qatari who has performed great services for the State and those with special competencies required by the State.

The permanent residence card, according to the same source, gives its holders a number of privileges "which is the treatment of Qataris in education and health care in government institutions."

It also "gives them priority in the recruitment of Qatari nationals in the military and civil service."

The card holder shall have the right to own real estate and to conduct certain commercial activities without a Qatari partner, in accordance with the executive decisions to be issued by the Council of Ministers in accordance with the provisions of this law.

A permanent committee called "Permanent Residence Permit Committee" will be set up in the Ministry of Interior to look into applications for granting permanent residence card in accordance with the provisions of this law.

This is the time when a law on permanent residency in Qatar is enacted, as the current residency is temporary for a certain period of one year or more and is renewed at the end of its term.