The Qatar Visa Center in the Philippines is the largest of its kind with an area of 1,800 square meters and is expected to receive more than 350 visitors daily. It includes a visa center, medical commission hospital, fingerprint services, and special services at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs.

Philippines is the sixth country where QVCs are open after Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. Medical examinations, biometric data enrollment and the signing process of employment contracts will be done through the Qatar Visa Centers.

The inauguration was attended by Ambassador of Qatar to Philippines Ali Ibrahim Al Malki, Adviser at the office of the Minister of Interior Major General Abdullah Salim Al Ali, Director of the Visa Support Services Department at the Ministry of Interior Major Abdullah Khalifa Al Mohannadi, Labor expert, 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 inauguration of Qatar Visa Center in the Philippine capital of Manila complements the project to end the recruitment of expatriates from abroad and the Philippines is the sixth country to launch Qatar Visa Centers after the launch of centers in five countries: Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Nepal, which have proven to be very successful in providing outstanding services.

Major Khalifa Al Mohannadi said that this center is the largest of its kind as it is held on an area of 1,800 square meters and is expected to receive more than 350 applicant on a daily basis.

Al Mohannadi also added that the Visa Center includes a full medical hospital, fingerprint services and special services for the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs to provide services related to the registration of vital data, conduct medical examinations, sign contracts electronically, issue documentation and educational qualifications, in addition to other services that will benefit the expatriate.

The next stages of the project will cover all types of visas, in addition to the recruitment of home domestic applicants and other distinct services, through a unified channel, saving time and effort for applicants, once the initial approval of the visa is issued from within the State of Qatar, the applicants can visit the Visa Center to complete the procedures.

Major Al Mohannadi added that the center operates in accordance with more accurate procedures and in accordance with the best international standards that ensure greater transparency and the possibility of improving security procedures for the applicants.

Meanwhile, employers in Qatar are scheduled to carry out necessary procedures to obtain visas and then the applicant can book appointments online, followed by visiting of the center and when the references arrive at the center they’ll need to verify their identity and the list of required documents, after which the terms of the contract will be reviewed in the employee native language and then the applicant will have the choice to sign the contract electronically if they decide to proceed, after which the biometrics and medical examinations are performed at the center and once all the procedures are completed in the visa center, the applicant has the choice to track the status of their applications online or through their employers in Qatar.