Effective 15 June 2015, the
Qatar Ministry of the Interior (MOI) began issuing new residence / ID
cards for new and renewing foreign national residents, replacing
existing ID cards and passport stickers.
For the first time, children under the age of 16 will require their own ID card. The new cards will include the holder’s home address and must be presented with the holder’s passport when entering and leaving Qatar.
Who is Affected?
How to Apply
Initial and renewal residence
permit applications for foreign nationals sponsored by their employers
must be made electronically, through the Metrash2 app, the MOI website
or the e-government website. First-time applicants will also have to
show their passport and give fingerprints.
Cards will be sent to the applicant’s home through the mail, and will be valid for one, two, three or five years depending on the residence category.
Applicants can choose between a standard card and a smart card featuring biometric data, which can be used for fast-track immigration at Hamad International Airport.
It is hoped that the new card system will ease Residence Permit application procedures for foreign nationals, reduce the number of visitors to MOI centres and save the passport pages of applicants.