Citizens of India have many reasons to celebrate as The Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar has now opened 7 Qatar Visa Centres which cover 7 major cities of India. The Visa centres are functional in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kochi. These QVCs would greatly facilitate and simplify the recruitment and work visa procedure for Indian expatriates who are travelling to Qatar for work before their arrival in Qatar.
The QVCs opening was attended by Maj. Gen. Abdullah Salim Al Ali, advisor at the office of the Minister of Interior of Qatar, Maj. Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, Director of Visa Supports Services (VSS) Department at the General Directorate of Passports of Qatar, Capt. Nasser Al-Khalaf, Head of Visa Section, Capt. Khalid Al-Nomani, Head of Technical Studies Section from the VSS and a number of government officials from India at the respective locations.
Maj. Abdullah Al Mohannadi said that India is the fourth country to launch Qatar Visa Centers abroad; others include Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan. These QVC openings are a part of a project to launch 20 service centers in eight countries such as Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia and Tunisia. Added advantage would be that this will speed up the expatriates’ residency procedures and their follow-up by the concerned authorities within Qatar.
At the QVCs applicants can avail a number of services including fingerprinting, biometric data recording, medical examinations and signing of employment contract before their departure to Qatar. This will ensure proper documentation and protection of the rights of both expatriates and employers, as well as documenting the work contract before traveling to Qatar. This will reduce the hassle of return of employee in case s/he is unfit for work and the expatriate can start their work immediately if eligible. Recruitment procedures shifted to the expat’s own country is a great sign of the keenness of the MoI with the expatriates safety at interest.
It is a great step taken by the MoI with respect to the protection and safety of expatriates coming to Qatar for work.
The employer is required to start the initial registration through the website of the Ministry of Interior of Qatar (www.moi.gov.qa) or app of the Interior Ministry ‘Metrash2’. Once the employer has paid the fees in Qatar, the worker can follow up further procedures through Qatar visa centers abroad.
This QVC project to complete recruitment procedures from abroad through Qatar Visa Centers is running in cooperation between the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maj. Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi added.
Qatar Visa Center maintains robust multi-lingual information services for the benefit of visa applicants across multiple touch points. Information on appointment scheduling, requirements and steps at the visa center can be found in English, Urdu and Arabic through its dedicated website (http://www.qatarvisacenter.com).
Following are the places where Indian residents can look up the QVCs to locate the ones nearest to their reach.
Qatar Visa Center (QVC) in Delhi is located at Unit no 2, Lower ground floor, Parsvnath Mall, Akshardham Metro Station, Akshardham, New Delhi-110 092 and in Mumbai, QVC is located at 201/2, Hallmark Business Plaza, Sant Dyaneshwar Marg, Near Gurunanak Hospital, Bandra East, Mumbai, Maharashtra-400 051. In Chennai, QVC is headquartered at Shyamala Towers,1st Floor, East wing, 136 Arcot Road, Saligrammam, Chennai – 600 093, while the QVC in Hyderabad is located at Ground Floor, South Wing (Krishe Block), Krishe Sapphire Building, Hitech City Road, Madhapur, Hyderabad, Telangana-500 081.
QVC at Kolkata is located at Bengal Intelligent Park, Building Gamma, 1st Floor, Block-EP & GP, Sector-V, Salt Lake Electronics Complex, Kolkata , West Bengal– 700 091, while the Lucknow QVC is headquartered in BBD Viraj Towers”, 2nd Floor, TC G/1A – V/3 Vibhuti Khand, Shaheed Path, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow , Uttar Pradesh- 226 010 and the Qatar Visa Center in Kochi is in Edappally at Door No 38/4111/D, Ground Floor, National Pearl Star building, Near Changampuzha park Metro Station, Edappally, Kochin, Kerala-682024.
The seven Qatar Visa Centers recently opened in India will be open for the customers from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5 pm and can be contacted through telephone on 00 91 44 6133 1333 or email : [email protected]