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Qatar mulls granting of permanent residency to its expat population

Qatar is almost on the verge of granting permanent residency to expatriates, following the approval of a draft law by the senior legislative body. The law was first announced in the wake of the current gulf crisis.

According to the media, Shura Council has agreed on Monday to support a law which would grant residency to expatriates who provide valuable services, and to children of Qatar women who are married to non-Qataris.

The Shura Council Advisory has approved the draft law on permanent residency now, and the permanent residents would now be allowed to have free State education, healthcare and be given the right to own property.

It is the first such law proposed by one of the energy-rich Gulf States. The law was first announced last August, just two months after Qatar was boycotted by the neighbouring former allies in a bitter diplomatic dispute.

The residency proposal will now be considered by the Qatar’s Cabinet and Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani before it gets converted into a law.

Qatar heavily relies on foreign labour and nearly 90 percent of its current 2.71 million population comprises of expatriates.

Posted on 31/5/2018

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