Residence Visa for a Newborn in Qatar

Newborn Residence Visa

Residence Visa for a Newborn in Qatar

Planning for a baby can be somewhat daunting. From decorating the nursery to stocking up on all those baby essentials, there is a lot to do in those first nine months. If you’re an expat living in Qatar, you will also have to consider the residency status of your newborn. While babies of expats born in Qatar are not entitled to Qatari citizenship, they will still need to be registered correctly, and issued with a Residence Permit. Similarly, expat parents who arrive in Qatar with a baby born overseas with will need to follow the required steps to ensure the correct visa is granted.

Babies Born In Qatar

Babies born in Qatar need to be registered at the Women’s Hospital, next to Hamad General Hospital. After filling out the required paperwork and handing over all necessary documentation, you will be provided with the baby’s birth certificate. You can then use this to apply for a passport for the baby at your Embassy.

Once you’ve received the baby’s passport, you can apply for a Residence Permit and Qatar ID. To do this, you will need the following documents. Note, this only applies to newborns born in Qatar who have one parent sponsored by the other, for example, if the mother sponsors the father, or the father sponsors the mother. In all other cases, see the supplementary documentation required in the next section.

  • The baby’s original passport.
  • The original plus a copy of the baby’s birth certificate.
  • Two passport size photos of the baby, with a blue background.
  • Copies of QID cards of the father and mother – and of any sisters or brothers.
  • Original government form signed by the father.
  • Original No Objection letter from father’s employer to allow him to sponsor the newborn (this NOC letter must show job position, salary and type of contract).

Babies Born Overseas

For expats who choose to have their baby in their home country and then return to Qatar, further documentation is required. This documentation is also required in cases where the baby is born in Qatar but the father and mother are both sponsored by their employers, and also in cases where both the father and mother do not have a Residence Permit, or do not have a family Residence Permit.

  • The baby’s original passport.
  • The original birth certificate for the baby. If this was issued in Qatar, provide the original birth certificate from the hospital. If it was issued abroad, the birth certificate needs to be notarised, attested, legalised and translated into Arabic.
  • Three passport size photos of the baby, with a blue background.
  • Original government form signed by the father.
  • Original No Objection letter from father’s employer to allow him to sponsor the newborn (this NOC letter must show job position, salary and type of contract).
  • Father’s original employment contract attested at Ministry of Labour, Administrative Development and Social Affairs. This should be provided alongside the father’s original education certificates, notarised, attested, legalised and translated into Arabic.
  • Father’s original bank salary statements for six months, which should be signed and sealed on all pages by the bank authority, clearly showing a “salary transfer” of at least 10,000 QAR.
  • Original signed and stamped bank letter showing a summary of each month’s salary transfer for the past six months (supplied by local bank).
  • The original marriage certificate of the parents, which should be notarised, attested, legalised and translated into Arabic.
  • A copy of the mother’s QID and Residence Permit, plus passport.
  • Original Qatar residential lease agreement (showing at least a one year lease, which should be stamped by the Municipality).
  • A copy of the electricity bill for parents’ residence in Qatar.

Points to Remember

While things can be hectic – and likely sleep-deprived – after the arrival of a baby, it’s important to make sure you have completed the process of applying for your baby’s Residence Permit within two months of birth. Bearing in mind the fact that you will need to not only register the birth, but apply for and obtain a passport, and then apply for the Residence Permit, it’s a good idea to organise this sooner rather than later.

Similarly, if you have your baby overseas, your baby should be covered by a Visa On-Arrival when re-entering Qatar. You will then have two months to sort out the Residence Permit for your baby. In either situation, whether the baby is born here in Qatar or overseas, if you go over that two month deadline, you will be charged a penalty of 10 QAR per day until the Residence Permit is issued.

If you want to find out how Fusion can help smooth the path as you apply for important documents such as your newborn’s Residence Permit and Qatar ID, call us today. As experts in this field, we can take the stress out of situations such as these – because we know you’ll have enough on your plate with that new little bundle of joy.

Sarah Chaker
sarah@fusion-me.com
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