Qatar’s Cabinet today approved legislation where certain categories of foriegners could be issued with permanent residency which could affect tens of thousands of foreigners living in the tiny gulf state.
Those who are granted the new status would be afforded the same education and healthcare rights as Qataris.
The Council of ministers under Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior discussed the issue of permanant residence where approval of a bill on permanent residence card were discussed.
Qatar News Agency released a media circular where under the provisions of the project, the Minister of the Interior may grant the permanent residence card to non-Qatari if the conditions specified by the law are met. A decision of the Minister of Interior may grant the card to non-Qatari if:
1- Qataris married to non-Qatari.
2. Those who performed great services to the State.
3- Persons with the special competencies needed by the State.
The permanent resident card grants its holders a number of privileges, which include treatment of Qataris in education and health care in government institutions, giving priority to recruitment after Qatari nationals in military and civilian public posts. The holder of this card also has the right to own real estate, 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 shall be established in the Ministry of the Interior called “Committee for the Grant of Permanent Residence Card” and shall be competent to consider applications for permanent residence cards in accordance with the provisions of this Law.