What is the change? Qatar has begun requiring attested degree certificates and related documentation from work permit applicants in the general supervisor job category.

What does the change mean? Applicants in this category must be prepared to provide an attested version of their university degree certificate, a transcript and a letter from their university. The letter must specify that the applicant was enrolled as a full-time student for at least three years and must list the area of study. Previously, there were no specific education requirements for applicants in this category.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing. The change was implemented last month without an official announcement.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals applying for work permits as general supervisors. The change does not apply to applicants working in free zones.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing times have not changed, but the end-to-end application process will take longer because of the time it takes to gather the required documents and have them attested.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should make sure that employees leave enough time to gather the required documentation under Qatar’s new procedures. Failure to do so may lead to unnecessary delays.

Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.