Can you maintain residences in both Qatar and the UAE?
Expats who come to live and work in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries may choose to settle in one country for a time, before moving on to start a new opportunity in another country.
When a new opportunity comes up, many expats choose to cancel their residence permit in the country in which they are living, and pack up their life entirely, for a new start in a new country.
Once they are in that new country, they then have to go through the process of gaining residence by following the correct visa processes and procedures, finding a new place to live and settling into life.
But, is that the only option? What would happen if you wanted to keep your life in one country, while also sharing a life elsewhere? Is it even possible to maintain residency in two countries?
While regulations differ according to the various GCC countries, when it comes to Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, it is possible to have dual residency.
In fact, many regional managers choose to maintain residences in both jurisdictions for signatory purposes. This helps to cut down on red tape, making the day-to-day handling of business matters much easier.
Important Factors in Dual Residency
Back in 2015, Qatar introduced its Wage Protection System to help protect workers by regulating the way in which they are paid. What does this mean for you as a dual resident?
When working in Qatar, your wages will need to be paid from your Qatari employer’s local bank account into your local Qatari bank account. Your salary can no longer be paid overseas.
Wages must be paid in Qatari Riyals, and they must be deposited on a regular basis. That means at least monthly for workers employed under annual or monthly employment arrangements, and at least every two weeks for all other workers.
To find out more about the Wage Protection System, read our handy blog post here.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that to maintain your residence in Qatar, you will need to enter Qatar at least once every 180 days.
Planning your Dual Residency
When planning your dual residency between Qatar and the UAE, be sure to research all the ins and outs of the arrangement to ensure you abide by local rules and regulations in both countries.
Alternatively, Fusion Middle East can offer a range of essential services, as well as expert advice and guidance on issues such as dual residency and the visas and permits required. To find out more, simply visit the Fusion Middle East website or call us on +974 4012 0320.