His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Monday issued Decree Law No. 23 of 2019, amending some provisions of Law No. 21 of 2015, regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residence.
According to the amendment, the competent authority in the Ministry of Interior (MoI) may issue entry permits and grant residence permits without a sponsor for investors, subject to the provisions of the law regulating the investment of non-Qatari capital in economic activity, for a period of five years, renewable.
The amendment also allows the competent authority in MoI to issue entry permits and grant residence permits without a sponsor to owners and beneficiaries of real estate, in accordance with the provisions of the law regulating the non-Qatari ownership and use of real estate, for a period of five years.
According to the amendment, this will be automatically renewed for the duration of their ownership or use of real estate, and any other categories, determined by a decision of the Cabinet.
The decree is effective starting from its date of publication in the official gazette.
HH the Amir also issued Law No (22) of 2019 yesterday, amending some provisions of Law No (15) of 2010 on the prohibition of the accommodation of workers’ complexes within the areas of family housing.
The law is effective and is to be published in the official gazette.
Moreover, HH the Amir ratified several Cabinet decisions on Monday, including:
- Cabinet Decision No 26 of 2019 to establish a national committee for women, children, older persons and persons with disabilities.
- Cabinet Decision No 27 of 2019 on the conditions and regulations for the permanent residency cardholders to receive treatment and education in government institutions within the country.
- Cabinet Decision No 28 of 2019 determining the conditions and regulations for licensing non-Qatari real estate brokerage firms and offices to practice real estate brokerage.
- Cabinet Decision No 29 of 2019 forming a committee for real estate brokers’ affairs, its work system, and remuneration.
- Cabinet Decision No 30 of 2019 determining the duration of the licenses of commercial, industrial and similar general shops and street vendors. Under the decision, the license period for similar commercial, industrial and general shops, and street vendors shall be for a period not less than one year. For commercial, industrial and public shops, the license must not exceed five years and two years for the license of street vendors.