Qatar Visa Center (QVC) announced their official lauch in the Philippines this week, as part of the efforts to facilitate visa and employment applications of overseas Filipino workers seeking employment in Qatar.
The QVC will be supervised by representatives from the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, who were all there to attend the official opening of the centre in Pasay City, Manila.
The inauguration was also attended by the Ambassador of Qatar to the Philippines, HE Ali Ibrahim Al Malki; Adviser at the Office of the Minister of Interior Major General Abdullah Salim Al Ali; Director of Visa Support Services Department at the Ministry of Interior Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi; Labor expert and Advisor at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs, Muhammed Ali Al Meer; and Director of the Department of Medical Medicine, Dr Ibrahim Al Shaer.
The Philippines is the sixth country to launch a Qatar Visa Center after the launch of centres in five other countries: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal. These centres are proven to be very successful in providing outstanding services.
Once the initial visa approval is issued by Qatar authorities, applicants can complete the contracts digitally, enroll their biometrics, and undergo the mandatory medical tests all under one-roof, thus saving time and making it hassle-free for applicants at the centre without having to wait for the process to be completed in Qatar.
Qatar Visa Center will make it obligatory for workers to sign work contracts and undergo medical tests and make their recruitment more systematic in a manner consistent with the best international standards.
As part of the visa application process, the employer in Qatar will ensure that all necessary procedures and payment are made on behalf of the applicant. The applicant or employer will need to book an appointment online and visit the QVC at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
Once at the centre and after the identity of the visa applicant is verified and the list of required documents checked, a token will be issued. Once the token is called, the contract terms will be explained to the visa applicant, who then can digitally sign the work contract. Biometric enrolment and the mandatory medical tests will also be done at the centre. Upon completion of the processes, applicants can track the status of their application online or through their employers in Qatar.
The next stages of the project will cover all types of visa including domestic workers.
According to Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi the primary goal of QVC is to simplify and expedite all the procedures for acquiring entry visas to Qatar, either for work or residence purposes.
For updates and more information about the different QVC outside Qatar, visit adlsa.gov.qa.