The first Qatar Visa Center (QVC) in Pakistan has been inaugurated in Islamabad on Thursday (Dec 27) the Ministry of Interior said in a statement.
Special Assistant to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis, Zulfikar Bukhari and Human Resource Development along with Qatari officials including Major General Abdullah Salim al-Ali, adviser at the office of the Minister of Interior; Major Abdullah Khalifa al- Muhannadi, director of Visa Support Services Department of the MoI, and Mohamed al-Meer, labour expert at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs attended the inauguration ceremony.
In a groundbreaking ceremony, Zulfikar Bukhari said “It is a big moment because Pakistan is one of the 8 countries to have a Qatari Visa Facilitation Center for swift processing of workers’ Visa.”
Speaking at the ceremony Qatar’s ambassador to Pakistan Saqr bin Mubarak al-Mansouri said “the centre is opened in the context of strengthening bilateral relations between Qatar and Pakistan and it also shows the keenness of Qatar to support the long-time relations between the two countries. Qatar has decided to choose Pakistan as one of the first eight countries to launch QVCs.” “The procedures being done at the visa centres used to be carried out in Qatar soon after the arrival of an expatriate and now it is being done by the QVCs in the country of his origin,” he added.
“We have already opened QVCs in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and are going to open similar centres in five other countries shortly. Through the QVCs, those who leave for Qatar for employment, can complete their mandatory medical tests and sign work contracts before their departure and this stands testimony to Qatar’s keenness to ensure safety and protection for expatriates,” said al-Muhannadi.
Work visa applicants migrating to Qatar will be required to sign work contracts, biometric verification and some basic medical tests before leaving for Qatar. The QVC is Located at I-A, I&T Centre, G-6, Islamabad, and will operate operate between 8.30am and 4.30pm from Mondays to Fridays. Information on scheduling appointment, requirements and procedures at the QVC can be found in English, Urdu and Arabic through a dedicated website (http://www.qatarvisacenter.com), Call Centre Helpline +920 51 843 938 4, e-mail Info.email@example.com and walk-in at the reception.
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18 February, 2019