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Step 1: Registering your Business with the Immigration Department

Al Tamimi & Company


Immigration card

You will need to register your business with the Ministry of Interior – General Directorate of Borders, Passports and Expatriate Affairs (Immigration Department) at Al Gharaffa (telephone number 44890333) and apply for an immigration card. On submission of the necessary information your new business should be issued an immigration card. The card will expire at the same date as the commercial registration or trade licence. The immigration card can be renewed by submitting the above documents and fee to the Immigration Department.

Businessman visa option

You may also wish to apply for a businessman visa option to be added to the immigration card, so that the business can obtain businessman visas for customers or other business contacts making short-term visits to Qatar. As part of the approval process, the Inspection Section would inspect your business premises. Approval will only be given after the inspection and provided the inspectors are satisfied with the application.

Representatives

All businesses must appoint a representative (who is an employee) to deal with the Immigration Department and Ministry of Labour on their behalf. Individuals are not allowed to deal with these authorities on behalf of a business until they have been issued a Representative Card from each department respectively.

The information needed to apply for each of these documents is outlined in the table below:

 

Immigration Card

Businessman Visa Option

Representatives

Completed application form

Yes1

Submit letter2

Yes, typed in Arabic (2 copies)

 

Passport (copies)

Authorised signatories & the business owners

Authorised signatories & RP3 (copy) if expatriate

 

Intended representative & RP3 (copy) if expatriate

 

Commercial registration of the business

 

Yes, original.

-

 

Yes, copy

Trade licence

 

Yes, certified copy

 

-

 

Yes, copy

Evidence of level of business conducted including copies of any contracts signed

 

-

 

 

Yes

-

 

Immigration card of the business

 

-

-

Yes, copy

2 colour passport sized photos of the proposed representative

 

-

-

Yes

Application fee (QR per year)

200

200

200

1This should be typed in Arabic, stamped with the company's stamp and signed by the general manager.

2A letter should be submitted to the head of the inspection section of the Immigration Department explaining the requirement for such an option.

3Residence Permit.

 

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