Application Procedure for Family Resident Visa in Qatar

I have summarize below the procedures and requirements in processing your family resident Visa.  The following are only based on our own and some of our friends experiences.  If you know any  additional information that may be of help to our fellow kabayans, please feel free to comment below.

Note: If you have not subscribed yet in Metrash, it is advisable that you subscribe first in metrash with MOI (No Charge), so that you will get SMS alert regarding the Visa status application.

Subscribe for Metrash2  just in two steps. 
1. If you are not subscribed for normal Metrash service, subscribe for it on MoI website, click here for more info. 
2. Send an SMS from your Metrash subscribed mobile to 92992 with following format M2R
You will receive an SMS with download link and two part activation code. download the link, enter the activation code choose your password and enjoy the services on your mobile.

1. Obtain a New Family Visa Form directly from MOI- Madinat Khalifa Immigration Department. The timings are 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 7pm, Sundays to Thursdays,  or you may download it from here .  Some  people say that family visa is usually done in the morning.

2. Have the application form filled up by a typist in Arabic.  There are Arabic Typing Centers at Souq Waqif opposite the Police Station. They usually charge QR5 to QR10.

3. Request your Employer/Sponsor to affix his signature and seal at the last page of the form.  Then have it signed by yourself. You will also need the Computer Card from your Sponsor and you Employment Contract with Labor Department Seal.

4. Submit the application form with the following required documents (prepare 3 photocopies and original):

a.) Letter from your employer/sponsor outlining your position and salary. If company is providing you the accommodation, it must be stated in the letter. – (It should be written in Arabic and address to Ministry of Immigration. Contact your Company PRO.)

NOTE: The minimum salary requirement for family visa is QAR10,000 per month.  If you work for a government agency, the letter outlining your salary and position must be approved by the Ministry of Civil Service Affairs and Housing.
b.) Copy of your Passport and  Work Visa Page or Qatar ID (Pataka)
c.) Copy of your Family’s (wife and/or children) Passport
d.) Six months Bank statement (reflecting your monthly salary of at least QAR10,000)
e.) Attested Marriage Certificate (if applying for wife) – See Attestation details below
f.) Attested child/children Birth Certificates (if applying for children)  – See Attestation details below
g.) Copy of your Attested Education Certificate / Academic Qualification  /Diploma  – See Attestation details below
h.) Kharamaa bill in your name
i.) House Contract in your name (properly stamped with Baladiya) – It is the responsibility of the House Owner to have the contract stamped by Baladiya however if they require you to do it, you may have no choice as it is an important requirement now. This will be attested on Doha Municipality (Baladiya) near HSBC in C-Ring Road corner Al Saad Road. You need the following for attestation. Tenancy Contract (3 copies and original), your ID and the Land Owner’s ID, Authorization Letter from the Owner to attest the Contract, Title of the Land and fill the application form which is available in Baladiya. You will be asked to pay 1% of your annual rent.

But, if you are in a sub-lease house, you will need the following requirements:

1. Tenancy contract between 1st party (Owner) & 2nd party (Your Landlord – either company or individual). (make 3 copies of this)
2. ID of 1st party
3. ID of 2nd & 3rd party (you are the 3rd party)
4. Authorization letter from 1st party that he is allowing 2nd party to sub-lease the property
5. Title of land
6. If the 1st party is also the 2nd party (company owned by 1st party):
6.1 copy of commercial record
6.2 copy of commercial permit
6.3 copy of authorized signatory card

4. Now your application must be complete and ready for submission… Go to Immigration Department in Madinat Khalifa Area, Building No. 4, First Floor.

After submitting the Visa application, do not forget that you will be given a receipt with application number.  You may track the status through MOI Website.

5. Click on the second radio button and enter the application number and Your QID.

6. The status will be “The Request accepted” means same day you will get SMS from MOI with visa application no.  If “The Request refused” go to Labour Department and check for the reason and comply with the requirement.

a) In case the reason is not mentioned, then request for an appointment (with captain) to know the reason.  Go with full preparation along with all submitted documents (copy) and original.
b) Ask the reason for rejection, normally the captain will ask you some question just i.e what is your job/ Salary/ Nature of Company (They want some clarification from the submitted application. Check the status in same above mol link. It will be approved.

7. Once you received SMS with visa application no. Then, you may track the status through MOI Website click on “Visa approval tracking”  Enter your visa no (Received in SMS) and ID No.

8. Once your received an SMS “Visa ready to Delivery” or “Ready for printing” status in the moi website, go to Immigration Office with the Online print (Visa Ready for printing-it’s not compulsory) and original passport of the applicants and your ID. No application is required here.

9. Pay the amount (QR200) and get the family visa.  Now you can send this visa to your wife & children (to home country). They can arrive based on this visa.

If your wife is already here (Qatar) in visit visa, you may request to convert the family visit visa to familyresident visa by paying additional QR 500 and they will affix a sticker in passport (No need to exit from Qatar). You can do this same time when you are getting the family visa.

For Attestation:

The following attestations are required on the Original Documents:
1. DFA Authentication (Red Ribbon) – DFA Authentication Division’s New Address is at DFA-OCA Building Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Parañaque City. You shall proceed to the Department of Foreign Affairs Authentication Division to authenticate the document with red ribbon (processing fee Php100per document  for regular processing of 5 days and Php200 for rush processing of 2 days)
2. Philippine Embassy in Qatar – You have to bring the documents to the Philippine Embassy in Qatar for notary and authentication (QAR100.00 fee)
3. At the end – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Qatar – Then go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) at C Ring Road opposite Gulf Cinema  for attestation (QAR20 per document they only accept debit/credit cards)

In the Philippines:

1. When you now have an Visa Notice for your family, which is by default valid for 3 months only, you may send the printed Visa Notice  to your family in the Philippines or provide them the Visa number and they can print copies from here

2. Dependent who is above 18 yrs old should take Medical Exam in any Qatar authorized Medical Testing. You may find the list of Approved Qatar Medical Centers or Clinics  here. Children below 18 years of age is not required for Medical Exam.

3. Then, the following documents need to be submitted personally  to Qatar Embassy for Visa Stamping. The new address and contact numbers of Qatar Embassy is:

Qatar Embassy Manila, Philippines


Block 4 lot 6 Santiago Street Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes Village, Makati City
Telephone: 856-6666/ 856-1222/ 856-1444*
856-1999/ 856-2444*


Emabassy Office Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm
*Filing: Monday to Friday between 9am-10am only.
*Releasing: On the third (3rd) working day from the date of filing between 2pm-4pm.

* Please be informed that effective June 3, 2013, the Consular Section will no longer be receiving Cash Payments.
They will only accept ATM (Debit) Card and Credit Card payments (MASTER CARD & VISA CARD) for all visa and authentication related transactions.

Please prepare the original and photocopies of the following and make sure all documents are valid and not expired.

  • Application form
  • Visa Notice
  • Original Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of travel)
  • Medical Certificate (fit to travel) issued only by an accredited clinic by the Qatar Embassy – see above for list; (children ages 11 years old and below are exempted from medical requirement)
  • 2 pcs 2×2 size colored photos with white background
  • Processing Fee (Php358.97)

Submit these requirements at the Qatar Embassy in Manila with address above. You need to submit them personally. Should you need a representative to process them for you, you can send an authorization letter of your representative and copies of your valid IDs and his valid IDs.

When they arrived in Qatar:

10. Your wife/children must first obtain a blood-type certificate from any clinic before undergoing the Medical Commission exam.  Then, take your wife/children to Medical Commission (Abu Hamour) with the following documents (Original passport, Visa copy & QAR 100).  No application required here. Please note that the medical exam should be done within seven (7) days from the date of their arrival in Qatar.

The medical exam comprises a blood test and chest X-ray. Diseases being screened include:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

Note: For Family Visit Visa to Family Resident Visa –Mention this conversion in the registration counter.  You will need to pay QAR500 per family member and QAR400 for babies.

11. You will then get an SMS alert from metrash that medical is ok. Then check from MOI wesite and click on “RP application tracking and Printing” and enter Visa No. and ID No. you will get a form from the above website where you need to fill some supplementary data.

12. After completing the medical test, adults are required to register their fingerprints digitally with the MOI. The fingerprinting headquarters is located on Salwa Road off the Industrial Area flyover. Other service centers are located in:

  • Al Khor
  • Mesaimeer
  • Duhail
  • Al Shamal
  • Industrual Area (near Nissan roundabout)

Proceed for finger print (Abu Hamour) with the printout from website after Medical approval (they just need the visa number. To be on the safer side, you may bring Visa copy, ID and Original Passport).

13. You will then get SMS alert (Finger print ok), then proceed to immigration with the following (Printout of the form from MOI website duly filled, after medical approval, Copy of ID and passport of sponsor) QR 500, if you are applying residency for one year and same amount for every additional year and get the RP card by paying the required amount.

If you have further questions, please post it below and I will try my best to reply at the soonest.


Dahlia Flowers in Burnham Park, Baguio






I took these photos from the garden of Burnham Park last February. We were unloading our things from the car to the park ground when I passed by these beautiful Dahlia flowers and immediately took a few shots.

Catholic Church of Our Lady of Rosary Doha Qatar




Our Lady of the Rosary is the first Christian church and the only Roman Catholic Church in Qatar. It was first opened to the public on Saturday, March 15, 2008.

The external of  the building differs from the common Catholic Church that we have as it bears no cross, steeple or church bell as it was not allowed by the government of Qatar (a Muslim country).

Catechism classes for the different Communities (Filipino, Spanish, Arabic, International Group, French, Italian)  is held at Bishop Gremoli Building. There are also Outstation Communities at Al Khor and Dukhan.

Mass schedules can be viewed here and you may also want to check the latest Church Announcements here.


The Address Downtown Dubai

The Adress Downtown Dubai

It was formerly known as The Address Downtown Burj Dubai.  It is a 63 storey supertall five star hotel and residential tower directly attached to the Dubai Mall and overlooking the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa.

It was constructed in year 2005 and was completed in 2008 with a cost of AED845M. Because of its outstanding and luxurious facilities, it became a premier lifestyle destination for international travellers.

I had taken this photo when we were leisurely walking around the Burj Dubai Development area during our first family tour in Dubai in October 2012.

Getting an NBI Clearance from Qatar

I have been reading a lot of inquiries from fellow Kabayans from Qatar on how to secure for an NBI Clearance.  The NBI Clearance , usually referred here in Qatar as  Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)  is one of the required documents when you are applying for a Working Visa or Labor Card. So, please read below the guide that may help you in obtaining an NBI Clearance if you are already here in Qatar:

1.)  Go the Philippine Embassy in their new location at Street No. 860, Zone 68, Jelaiah Area, Doha, Qatar. Their trunkline number is(+974) 4483 1585.

2.) Embassy services for fingerprinting process of NBI Clearance applicants is only from 1pm – 3pm (the whole process may take you 30 to 45mins)

3.) Prepare and bring with you the following:

 2pcs- 2 x 2 photograph with white background (taken not more than 3 months) – be sure it is a 2×2 size, they would not accept passport size photos

 Copy of Passport

 QAR 100.00 fee

4.) After the fingerprinting process, the Embassy Representative will hand over to you the accomplished fingerprint form (stamped, signed and photo attached)

5.) You have to send the following documents to your representative in the Philippines along with the following:

fingerprinted form from Embassy (stamped, signed and photo attached)

Clear copy of your passport – 2 copies

 Signed authorization letter address to NBI for your representative (relative, friend, agency)

 Signed authorization letter address to DFA (for Red Ribbon /authentication) for your representative (relative, friend, agency)

 In addition, you may send copy of valid IDs with your signature just to be on the safe side

 Applicable fees (info below)

6.) Sending your documents to the Philippines through Q-post office would cost: QAR 55.00 for EMS (door to door delivery in approximate 4 days) or QAR 9.00 for registered mail (approx 2 weeks). Sending through DHL is far more expensive.

In the Philippines:

7.) Your representative in the Philippines need to bring the above requirements to the Main NBI Clearance office (NBI Clearance Building, U.N. Avenue, Ermita, Manila) for obtaining an NBI clearance (processing may be done in 1 day; cost- Php115 for travel abroad purpose)

Note: For more information and clarification, you may directly contact the NBI as follows:
– You can reach them at Telephone number 5261294 or at Trunkline 5238231 Local 5523, 5499 and 5502;
– Email them at;
– You can also text your questions regarding online application and GCash Payment at 0917-5638052.

8.) After obtaining the NBI Clearance, you shall proceed to the Department of Foreign Affairs Authentication Division to authenticate the document with red ribbon (processing fee Php100 for regular processing of 5 days and Php200 for rush processing of 2 days)

Note: DFA Authentication Division’s New Address is at DFA-OCA Building Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Parañaque City

9.) Tell your representative to send back the NBI Clearance properly authenticated by DFA with red ribbon to your postal address in Qatar.  (Thru Philpost IEMS is again cheaper than DHL – approx PhP1,160+)

In Qatar:

10) You have to bring the documents back to the Philippine Embassy in Qatar for stamping and authentication (QAR100.00 fee)

11) Then go to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) close to the Corniche for attestation (QAR20 they only accept debit/credit cards)

And you’re done! Goodluck! 🙂

How to Register a Newly Bought Property in the Philippines

It is very common for an OFW to buy a new property in the Philippines after a few years of earning a better income from abroad.

We didn’t immediately realized that it is easier to find a property that you wants to own than to get it registered in your name after paying a large sum of money as it does not ends there. Most of us are not familiar with the whole process of registering a property to the name of the new Owner.  Here are a few steps that may help you:


Anyone between the Seller and Buyer (or their Lawyers, if any) may prepare the Deed of Sale as long as it has been executed before and Notarized by a Notary Public.


a.) If you are a Buyer, let me remind you that before giving all the money to the Seller be sure that you got from him some important documents that you would need in the registration of the property under your name such as a copy of his validID, a recent CTC and TIN or a copy of TIN Car original copy of all Real Property Tax Receipts in his possession.

b.) If the Seller is a Corporation, you would need from them a notarized secretary’s certificates containing the resolution of their board of directors approving the sale and a certificate from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) stating that its articles of incorporation have been registered with the SEC.

STEP 2 –CITY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE (Located in the City Hall or Municipal Hall)

Secure the following:

a.) Certified True Copy of Tax Declaration (House and Lot)

b.) Certificate of No Improvement (If property is vacant lot)

c.) Two Original Copies – 1 for BIR and 1 for Registry of Deeds

STEP 3 – LAND TAX DIVISION OF CITY TREASURER’S OFFICE (Located in the City Hall or Municipal Hall)

Secure the following:

a.) Tax Clearance

Note: In order to obtain a Tax Clearance, the Seller must pay first all arrears on Property Tax (if any and must be updated as of document of sale).  Therefore,  it is important that you got hold of the original of the official receipts evidencing payment by seller of realty taxes of the current and preceding years, before you gave him the full payment of the sale.

We had an experience that the Seller was able to gave us the Property Tax Receipt of the current year however, upon application of Tax Clearance it was discovered that the previous five years was not paid!


Submit the following:

  • Tax identification number (TIN) of seller and buyer;
  • Notarized deed of absolute sale/document of transfer, but only photocopied document shall be retained by the BIR;
  • Certified true copy of the latest tax declaration issued by the City Assessor’s Office for the land and improvement applicable to the taxable transaction;
  • Owner’s copy (for presentation purposes only) and photocopy (for authentication) of the Original Certificate of Title (OCT), or the certified true copy of the Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT);
  • Sworn declaration of “with Improvement” by at least one (1) of the transferees, or certificate of “with Improvement” issued by the City Assessor’s Office.

You (and/or the Seller, depends on the agreement) have to pay the following:

a.) Capital Gains Tax (6% for individual seller) or Witholding Tax (7.5% if seller is a corporation) – it is the Seller’s responsibility to pay the Capital Gains Tax (CGT) or Witholding Tax unless the Buyer agrees otherwise

b.) Documentary Stamps Tax (1.5% of the selling price or zonal value or fair market value, which ever is higher) – Payment for DST is responsibility of the Buyer

You shall received the following:

  • The Certificate Authorizing Registration
  • The Original copy of the Deed of Absolute Sale stamped received by the BIR
  • Original Copies of the BIR Return Forms 1706 (CGT) and 2000 (DST) stamped received by the BIR

Important Notes:

i.) Capital Gains Tax and Documentary Tax shall be computed based on Selling Price (per Deed of Sale), or Market Value of Tax Declaration, or BIR Zonal Value, whichever is higher.

ii.) If the Buyer agrees to pay the Capital Gains Tax, it very important that you get the Seller’s Tax Identification Number (TIN) and a copy of his ID

iii.) Forms for payment of Capital Gains Tax can be secured from the BIR or may be downloaded from the BIR website

iv.) Payment for Capital Gains Tax and Documentary Stamps can only be paid at the BIR Regional Office or BIR authorized banks where the property is located.  It can be paid either in cash or manager’s check.

v.) Capital Gains Tax shall be filed and paid to the BIR within thirty days from the date of sale, otherwise there will be interest and penalty.

vi.) Documentary Stamps Tax shall be paid on or before the 5th day of succeeding month from the date of sale.

STEP 5 – MUNICIPAL TREASURER’S OFFICE (Located in the City Hall or Municipal Hall)

Pay the following:

a.) Transfer Tax is computed as 1/2 of 1% (0.5%) of the Selling Price or Zonal Value or Fair Market Value of Tax Declaration, whichever is higher. – Payment of Transfer Tax is responsibility of the Buyer


i.) The transfer tax must be paid at the CTO not later than 60 days from the date of execution of the Deed of Absolute Sale or the notarization date thereof, whichever is earlier.

ii.) Prepare the following requirements:

  • Certificate Authorizing Registration from the Bureau of Internal Revenue
  • Tax clearance certificate from the Treasurer’s Office
  • Official receipt of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (for documentary stamp tax)
  • Photocopy of Deed of Sale
  • Photocopy of Transfer Certificate of Title (TCT)
  • Photocopy of Tax Declaration

STEP 5 – REGISTRY OF DEEDS (Located in the City Hall or Municipal Hall)

Pay the following:

a.) Registration Fee – 0.25% of the selling price, or zonal value or fair market value, which ever is higher. – Payment of Registration Fee is responsibility of the Buyer

Apply for registration and submit the following documents:

  • Copy of deed of absolute sale;
  • Official receipt evidencing payment of transfer tax;
  • Certificate Authorizing Registration from the BIR (CAR) including official receipts for payment of DST and CGT;
  • Real property tax clearance from the City Treasurer’s Office;
  • Original copy of owner’s duplicate of TCT (in the name of the seller);
  • Original or certified true copy of the latest tax declaration;

If Seller is a corporation, include the following:

  • Notarized secretary’s certificate containing resolution of the board of directors of the seller approving the sale;
  • Notarized secretary’s certificate containing resolution of the board of directors of the buyer approving the sale;
  • Articles of incorporation of the buyer and by-laws; and
  • Certificate from the SEC that the articles of incorporation of the buyer have been registered.


A new Certificate of Title under the New Owner’s Name will be issued by Registry of Deeds.  Be sure to double check the spelling of names and other information in the new TCT before receiving the new TCT.

STEP 6 – MUNICIPAL ASSESSOR’S OFFICE (Located in the City Hall or Municipal Hall)

Secure the following:

a.) New Tax Declaration


i.) Prepare the following requirements:

  • Photocopy of notarized deed of sale
  • Copy of latest tax declaration (in the name of seller)
  • Tax clearance certificate of real property taxes from the CTO 
  • Certificate authorizing registration from the BIR 
  • Photocopy of official receipt of transfer tax payment (original copy to be presented)
  • The transfer certificate of title (TCT) issued by the RD (in the name of the buyer) 

Hope this helps! Good luck with your transactions as I tell you, it was not that easy. 🙂 But if you have question, please post it below and I will try my best to answer them.

Rooms For Rent at Sampaloc, Manila

ROOMS FOR RENT at Sampaloc Manila

Our rooms for rent is located along F. Cayco Street, Sampaloc, Manila.  We accept students, reviewees or working ladies. 

Rooms Available:

Good for 1 person (ladies only) – Php3,500 / month

Good for 1 to 2 persons (ladies only) – Php4,000 / month

Good for 1 to 3 persons (ladies only) – Php4,500 / month

Newly renovated with two toilet and bath and kitchen.

Each room has an individual sub-meter for electricity consumption. Water bill shall be divided between the number of tenants.

One month deposit and one month advance rental fee requirement.

The place is safe and secured.

There is no curfew hours.

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Walking distance to Nazareth School, National University (NU), University of Sto. Tomas (UST), Lianas Supermarket, Mercury Drug, Mcdo, Dalin Transit Terminal, Victory Liner Bus Terminal, Florida Bus Line Terminal

There are taxis, FX from Makati and jeepneys passing in front of the house routing Quiapo – Balic balic and Divisoria

Accessible from LRT-2 Legarda. One ride to San Beda College, Arellano University, Centro Escolar University (CEU), Holy Spirit College, La Consolacion College, Sta. Rita College, San Sebastian College, National College of Business & Arts (NCBA), Univeristy of the East (UE) and Far Eastern Univeristy (FEU), Isetann Recto.

Please send a message or email for inquiries or you may also contact the following:


Skype: den_zon

Cellphone:   0919 8579987 (Susan)

Landline: (+632) 4933005 (Susan)

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