Filipinos can now process their visa application for Qatar as the Qatari government opened its first visa center in the Philippines.
The Qatar Visa Center, located at the NU Mall of Asia Building in Pasay City, will soon accept medical tests and the processing of biometric data such as fingerprints and iris scans.
The center will be directly managed by Qatari government authorities and will accommodate overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to check and sign their contracts to avoid illegal recruitment.
The signing of contracts of OFWs to be done at the Qatar Visa Center will be made mandatory where an official will explain terms of employment, wages, work hours, and overseas workers’ rights in Qatar, and related concerns according to Qatar Ambassador to the Philippines Ali Ibrahim Al-Malki.
Rappler wrote in this article that “processing of all visa applications will be free for OFWs. Employers in Qatar are required to pay for visa fees on behalf of applicants and appointments can only be scheduled once this is complete.”
The process requires the applicant or employer to book an appointment through www.qatarvisacenter.com. Once at the venue, Filipinos will review and sign employment contracts, enroll their biometric data, then undergo medical tests.
Required medical tests include a general checkup, blood sampling, and an x-ray scan. Measles-mumps-rubella and diphtheria vaccines are compulsory and must also be given to applicants.
The Qatar Visa Center is expected to serve about 350 applicants on a daily basis. The center will serve OFWs initially but soon it will expand its services to include tourist visa applications as well.
Results of the visa application and medical tests are expected to be competed within 48 hours and will be released as soon as possible.
The Qatari government also opened visa centers in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tunisia.