How to Apply for Return Permit (Exceeded Stay Abroad) in Qatar

If you’ve exceeded your permitted six months stay outside the country, you’ll be required to obtain a return visa processed by your employer/sponsor and sign an undertaking not to repeat it. Your residence card will be marked as lost in the immigration system.

Procedure

A return visa or return permit is a temporary granted to those who have stayed outside the county for more than six months and his/her residency is still valid and has prior approval of entry

HOW TO APPLY

ONLINE INSTRUCTION

  1. Login at the website of the Ministry of Interior, using the smart ID card through this service Ministry of Interior
  2. Select “Residence permits inquiry” Enter expatriate’s QID number from the list, then click on “Issue Return Permit”.
  3. Enter return permit details and the reason of issuing it (Exceed 6 months, lost passport, damaged passport, Exceed and lost passport, Damaged / Lost ID card, Exceed Damaged/Lost ID card).
  4. Enter the remarks if applicable and the email address.
  5. Click on “Next” and pay fees

OFFLINE INSTRUCTION

  1. Fill out and submit the official letter form by the sponsor or employer.
  2. Attach a copy of the Establishment ID, if you’re employed by a company, or QID if you’re on a personal sponsorship.
  3. Attach a copy of the resident’s old passport, along with an official lost passport certificate from the country of issuance.
  4. Pay appropriate fees.

Note

  • If you do not have an QID NUMBER you can register for on using this QID NUMBER link

Required Documents

Required documents varies depending on the applicant’s case:

  • Personal sponsorship (maids, drivers, etc.): A copy of the applicants passport and sponsors passport or ID.
  • Family sponsorship (family members of residents): A copy of the applicants passport and sponsors passport or ID.
  • Company sponsorship: A copy of the applicants passport and the companys Establishment ID.

Office Locations & Contacts

Ministry of Interior

Corniche Road 8895

Doha, Qatar

Phone: + 974 44330000

Email: info@moi.gov.qa

Fax: + 974 44322927

Website: http://www.moi.gov.qaAds by Google

Eligibility

  • This service enables residents who have lost and replaced their passports outside Qatar, or exceeded the legal period of staying abroad (six months), to get a return permit to come back to the country.

Fees

  • Overstaying abroad for more than six months: QR500
  • Lost passport: QR200
  • Damaged passport: QR200
  • Exceed or Lost passport: QR500
  • Damaged or lost residency card: QR200
  • Exceed, damaged and lost residency card: QR500

Validity

30 days

Documents to Use

Portal Link

Instructions

  • Read through the application instruction carefully before filling it, then double check the form before submitting it.
  • If you do not have an QID NUMBER you can register for on using this QID NUMBER link

Required Information

Information details from the applicant passport and sponsor

  • Full name of both the applicant and sponsor
  • Address and residency of the sponsor
  • Date of enter of the applicant
  • Occupation of the applicant
  • Company information

Need for the Document

  • Sponsored individuals who holds valid residence permits and have stayed for more than six months outside Qatar may re-enter the country after obtaining a return permit.
  • The visa may be issued under special request from the sponsor and approval from the authorities.

Information which might help

Qatari Personal Sponsorship for Residents:

  • This visa is given for the housemaids and those in their status who have stayed outside the country for more than six months.
  • Submit application by the sponsor.
  • Attach a copy of the resident’s QID/passport.
  • Submit a copy of the sponsor’s QID.

Expatriate Personal Sponsorship for Residents:

  • This visa is issued for the family members of the expatriates who have stayed outside the country for more than six months and their RP is valid.
  • Submit application form by the sponsor.
  • Attach passport copy of the sponsored person (resident) and the sponsoring person (expatriate) or his/her QID.

Corporate Sponsorship for Residents:

  • This visa is issued for residents on the sponsorship of their employers/companies who have stayed outside the country for more than six months and their RP is still valid.
  • Submit application form by the employer.
  • Attach passport copy of the sponsored persons (residents) and the establishment ID card.
  • You can also renew vehicle registration through Metrash2.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate

This document can also be used in case of the resident lose passport or residence card will outside Qatar

External Links

In recent years, ID cards and associated ID card systems have become widespread globally, as countries large and small implement them with several aims in mind. These aims include improving national security, aiding the struggle against identity theft, and ensuring safer, more accurate databases to provide better health services. And to achieve this and allay public concerns with regards to issues such as forgery, many of these cards incorporate micro technologies including biometric information that includes characteristics unique to the individual in question. This makes them extremely accurate, hard to copy or forge, and reliable indicators not only of personal identity but many other factors.

If you’re a resident of Qatar, you may already be aware of the importance of carrying your residence permit card or Qatar Identity Card (QID). The Residence Permit Card is the main proof of identity of expatriate residents and of their valid legal residency in Qatar. According to the Qatar Ministry of Interior, your QID card should be carried at all times and offered on demand to any relevant authority – especially during the process of exiting or entering the country. The Ministry has issued a circular to all the relevant authorities worldwide, including, most importantly, all airlines, which clearly states that the QID card is now the only supporting document for expatriates after the cancellation of the RP sticker on passports.

Consequently, losing your Residence Permit Card during your travels could be a huge headache. If this happens, here are the procedures you must follow as advised by the Ministry of Interior.

Return visa on arrival at Hamad International Airport

If you’re returning to Qatar, and do not exceed the permitted limit of six months to stay outside the country, you’ll be allowed to enter the country with a return visa issued directly at the Hamad Airport without resorting to your employer. Your residence card will be marked as lost in the immigration system.

Return visa processed by sponsor/employer

If you’ve exceeded your permitted six months stay outside the country, you’ll be required to obtain a return visa processed by your employer/sponsor and sign an undertaking not to repeat it. Your residence card will be marked as lost in the immigration system.

QR 200 Fee for Loss

If you lose your ID outside of Qatar, you must make an entry at the police station informing the authorities of the loss of your ID, and also inform them of the country where it was lost. Then, you must submit a report from the authorities in the relevant country and send a copy to your representative in Qatar to produce a Return Permit. This will incur a fee of QR 200, to be paid with either a debit or credit card. This Return Permit will subsequently be forwarded to you, and will allow you to enter the country. Once you arrive, please consult the Expatriates Affairs Department to obtain another ID.

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