Mandated by the Ministry of Interior, State of Qatar, Qatar Visa Centre was inaugurated by H.E. Saif Bin Ali Almohanndi, Consul General, The Consulate General of the State of Qatar, in Mumbai. Having already launched centres in New Delhi and now in Mumbai, five other visa centres in Kochi, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Chennai and Kolkata will be operational shortly.

At the new Qatar Visa Center, work visa applicants for the State of Qatar will be able to sign on work contracts digitally, enrol their biometrics and undergo mandatory medical test all under one roof, thus saving time and making it a hassle-free process for the applicants. The move to get work visa applicants to complete the most essential and critical part of their visa processes in the country of origin (India in this case) is aimed at guaranteeing prospective employees their rights in a manner consistent with the best international standards.

The visa centre is in sync with international standards guaranteeing greater transparency, traceability and improved anti-fraud measures and security screening mechanisms for the visa applicants. The centre will operate between 08:30 am to 04:30 pm from Monday to Friday.

As part of the visa application process, the employer in Qatar will ensure all necessary procedures and make the visa payments on behalf of the applicant. The applicants will only need to book an appointment online and visit the Qatar Visa Centre 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time on a given day. Once at the centre, the identity of the visa applicant will be verified and the list of required documents will be checked, following which a token will be issued. Once the token is being referred to, the respective visa applicant will be explained the contract terms and can thereby digitally sign the work contract. Biometric enrolment and the mandatory medical tests will be done at the centre. Upon completion of the processes at the visa centre, the visa applicant then can choose to track the status of his application online or through their employer in the State of Qatar.

H.E Saif Bin Ali Almohanndi, Consul General, the Consulate General of the State Of Qatar, Mumbai expressed gratitude and said, “Our thanks and appreciation to the officials in the Ministry of External Affairs – Republic of India, and the Government of the State of Maharashtra for their continued support to achieve this goal by opening the Qatar Visa Centre (QVC) in Mumbai. This project is one of the advanced projects for the State of Qatar in the field of protection of labour rights and would facilitate the recruitment procedures in countries where centres have been opened including the Republic of India and would provide necessary services for obtaining visas, both for the purpose of visit and residence. Indian expatriates who travel to Qatar for employment, can complete their medical tests and sign work contracts before their departure and this stand confirms to the State of Qatar’s keenness to ensure safety and protection for expatriates and residents.”

“As part of Qatar’s willingness to facilitate the work process and protect the rights of expatriates, Qatar Visa Centres will be opened in a number of countries which include India,” said Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, Director of Visa Support Services Dept at the Ministry of the Interior, Doha, Qatar.

Suhail Shaikh – Business Head said, “We are honoured to launch the Qatar Visa Centre in India in Mumbai on behalf of Ministry of Interior, State of Qatar. We take great pride in being able to provide transparent, standardised and streamlined visa services for Indians seeking work visas through a simple process managed by our capable colleagues.”

Qatar Visa Centre 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 centre can be found in English, Hindi, Marathi, Telugu, Bengali, Tamil and Malayalam through a dedicated website (www.qatarvisacenter.com), call centre helpline (+91 44 6133 1333) and walk-in at the reception.