• Visa-on-Arrival Holders Must Exit to Change Status
  • November 17, 2017

  • Executive Summary

    Due to a policy change, foreign nationals who entered Qatar under a visit visa-on-arrival who seek to change their status must exit and re-enter the country after obtaining the appropriate entry permit.


    The situation

    Visa-on-arrival holders subject to new change of status process.

    A closer look

    Effective immediately, foreign nationals who entered Qatar based on a visit visa-on-arrival can no longer change their immigration status to residency or employment in country.

    Foreign nationals seeking to convert their dependent family visit visa to a dependent family residency permit are not affected by this change.

    Consequences for foreign nationals

    Foreign nationals who entered Qatar under a visit visa-on-arrival who seek to change their status must exit and re-enter the country after obtaining the appropriate entry permit.