Got the job? Here's what you need to do next.

amnesia's picture

Well I thought I'd put this together to help a few people out there who don't know what to expect.

Here's a list of what you'll need to keep with you to make your life EASY.

4 Copies of your ID card
20 passport sized photographs
4 Copies of your Passport
Your original passport
Your educational certificates (copies)
Letter of work acceptance

When you first arrive you'll probably want to get your own number straight away. You'll probably think that it's just something that you use to make phone calls with right? WRONG. Your telephone number is VERY important in Qatar. It's used for tracking items, your medical information, linking accounts, and so much more. Remember, once you get a number, it's something that you'll probably want to stick to for the rest of your time in Qatar. SO GET A NUMBER YOU LIKE.

After getting your telephone number from either Qtel or Vodafone (name of second carrier not official), you'll want to sign up for the METRASH (roughly translated as 'Sender' service. This is basically a service where you can get texts for important events such as traffic violations, visa information, and bill payments. It's also linked to various government text services. You can subscribe to METRASH here You'll need your mobile number and ID card number to subscribe. Your ID card and mobile number MUST be linked to each other when you sign up with your network.

Now that you have those two basics you're on your way to having a smooth set up.

When everything is done with your work place, you're most likely going to be handed THREE papers. Each of these have to be sent off to the relevant department/authority.

A) First paper you need to deal with is with the Ministry of Labour. They can be found at Berzan Tower which is in West bay.
Once there you'll find reception who'll direct you to the correct floor.

When you go in, you'll have to hand in two papers which were given to you from your work place. The one related to CID (security) and you're one which is supposed to be handed into the Labour team. (Don't worry they'll all be titled). You'll also need to hand in a copy of your educational transcripts and/or any previous work documents. The last peice of crucial information is your mobile number. This will automatically be linked to your work history from now on.

After everything is scanned and inputted into the national database, you 'should' get a text with your registration number.
Everything else should be pretty straight forward and your documents will be signed by a head of the relevant department.

You'll then be given back everything PLUS two more papers.
1) Letter of confirmation for your work place.
2) Letter to hand into the CID (Security)

B ) The second set of papers to deal with is with the CID (Security). They have a set of offices in a small compounded area in Aziziya.
Once you enter, I suggest you head off to Building number 2. Pick up a form which is necessary to fill in with your details. After completing it hand in your CID paper and your paper with a header to them given to you by your work place.

You should then head to building number 4 to get approval to take your fingerprints and scans.

This is done in building number 12 (don't worry they're all a few steps away from each other). Once you enter, hand in anything you are told to give to them, they'll digitally take your prints, photo and update your personal info on the database. This will then be linked to your information from the Ministry of Labour.

Head back to Building number 2. You'll be given a receipt slip and told to pick up your certificate (to prove you have no major criminal history) in around 5 days. You'll receive a text telling you when to pick it up if you signed up to METRASH. (remember? I told you it was usefull to finish this first ;))

C) Now that you're done, it's time for your medical check up! Before going anywhere, you'll need to have a Medical Card.
You can get plenty of information here
Applying and getting your Medical number costs around 100QR. You usually apply for it in the closest clinic to where you live.

Now head off to the National Health Center (Anyone have the address?). Remember, there are two clinics, one for expats and one for locals. Go to the correct one! The expat Health Center is quite full so make sure you have plenty of time :)

Hand in your medical paper from the work place, your National ID card, and your medical card. You'll be given TWO slips. One for your blood test and one for an x-ray. After taking finishing those two checkups, you'll meet a doctor who'll ask you basic questions, take your blood pressure and sign off your paper. That's it! You're done! You'll have to wait for your medical results which will take a few days.

You'll end up with three more papers from a hard days work. To recap, you have your Ministry of Labour confirmation letter, security certificate, and medical certificate. Hand them into your HR department and you're done!


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vanessa's picture

Good job! Thank you so much.
Anri can benefit from this. (:P)

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crazy88's picture

thank you tht was helpful !!!

akinz's picture

Dear management,
Do you have any link to any employer in Qatar.Right now,i have diploma in Oracle 10g database administration and i would like to come to Qatar this year as soon as possible.I would be grateful if you could be of any assistance to me.
Akinola Bankole

amnesia's picture

hi there, I recommend checking out the 'Working in Qatar' link on the left of the site. It has some links to sources that could help you find a job.

archie0718's picture

Just an update. A HAMAD Health Card now costs QR 100 compared to the previous QR 50.

Safe and Sound all the time...................

Safe and Sound all the time...................

amnesia's picture

Thanks :) updated

Qaomtar's picture


Do you need a visa if you work in qatar as an expat and you would to live there for always?

amnesia's picture

You need a work permit and visa to work in Qatar.

Qaomtar's picture

@ amnesia

But if you wont to live there forever what do you need?


ehsanmanutd's picture

Omaroc Wrote:
> @ amnesia
> But if you wont to live there forever what do you
> need?
> Thanks
hello every one
i am new in this site
i am ehsan
excuse me because of this post here
i am studing civil engineering
give me a guide please to find my part in site
tnx so much

amnesia's picture

you still need a work permit and residency, even if it is not permanent.

architectlike's picture

Excellent piece of information. Thank you kindly!

naukrigulf's picture

Thanks for sharing such useful points to be taken care of after getting a job in Qatar. The step by step information gives detail about every important point which can help you lead a comfortable life in the city.

mllamas's picture

So What about working in the Medical field. Can some one tell me

samrem296's picture

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It is important to know some basic details about the recruitment agencies in Dubai if you are planning to work and emigrate to Dubai or any of the Gulf countries. While most Americans - and people of other countries as well - might think that these in Dubai are very different than those in the US and some European countries, in reality they are quite similar.

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Many jobs in Dubai are in the construction and construction management fields. Other areas where jobs are plentiful are in financial services and hospitality.

The agencies will often review the applicant's skills and help them with their resumes so they can attract good companies. It is essential that you work with employment agencies in person in order to be accepted as a serious candidate. For the employers, recruitment agencies in Dubai assess potential candidates and advertise job openings. The biggest difference in the services supplied by the recruiters to the job applicants and the employers is that they often will offer visa services.

It is essential to have a work visa to work in another country, so most recruitment agencies in Dubai offer visa services to make the transition easier on their clients. Since Dubai-based agencies often place people in other Gulf countries, they work with visa often. When searching for a job through a recruiter, be careful that the job you are looking at is actually in Dubai; some jobs will be in other Gulf countries besides the United Arab Emirates: Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

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Good Effort!!!

So many will benefit from this.


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kyle's picture

HI there....i ve been living in Qatar for the last say one year and afew months now. its quite an interesting country i must admit. but not until of late that it clicked into my head that a couple of we the foreign expartiates who not only are here to render services to build a start of the art nation n fix it to its glory for the wealth it has over the years displayed, There seize not much to offer for the guys who put their lives at stake at storey buildings erecting all around this fast developing state but are (experts) rather being exploitated at the expences of our roots n national platforms and threatened to scrap away there residence visas or follow deportation. Yes its a baby to tit knowledge thta we acknoledge how far we come and how our local governments are not doing much to help but instead feast on the aid and small budget thah would put a smile on an ordinary African man's cheek. having comfirmed the state from where we come from gives no one a right to underlook our values and making what looks like inhumanly relations with our so called bosses. Taking us back in time, countries like UAE managed to build an empire that not only makes the Europeans envy at the magnitude of developement and technology but again this came at a cost of so many exparts lives and un sertisfactory. a name has be made to this but how right does it make this remains the question. "Are we cuddling in slavery and have we been stripped off our basic human rights?" i certainly believe all human beings have a madate and reserve human rights as away to sustain oneself. i personally know the far i come and how hard its been for me out there and so is every young, desparate girl being employed as a maid and abused with no pay. these countries are the most blessed with wealth and so far have come to prove of how fast they can change this world into some sort of paradise in a blink of an eye. My aguement is that if they can change almost every dream into reality, why not help us change our lives and those that keep their faith in us while they watch us board onto flights to search for greener pastures. so much can change once we and our superiors work together and help make the world a much healthier and beautiful place to live. Dubai and Bahrain looked into their labour laws and revised the salaries being payed to expertriates, and so can Saudi Arabia and Qatar. there is nothing these blessed states cant do. i hope with time all this is miraculously answered in my prayers and we see more people wipe away their tears, bringing hope and life to alot of lost souls. thnx ....."I LOVE QATAR!!!!


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