FAQs

For Company Representatives


  • How long does it take to form a company?

    Our system uses the Electronic Filing facilities. This means that whatever the time of day, when you place an order on our website your request is sent instantly for processing. RCH then aim to respond to within 4 working hours. From the moment our terms of business are signed and payment of the invoice is received together with the necessary documentation, we can have your company incorporated in maximum two weeks.

  • What details do I need to form a limited company?

    If the shareholder will be an individual we will require only the passport copy of the future shareholder. If the shareholder will be a corporate entity we will require the Certificate of Incorporation, Articles of Association & a Power of Attorney, all authenticated at a Qatari Embassy.

  • Can I choose any name I want for my company?

    It is important to check that the name you want is acceptable to the Ministry of Business and Trade and this service will be performed once our Terms of Business are signed.

  • On which documents must my company name be shown?

    • all the company's business letters;
    • all its notices and other official publications;
    • all bills of exchange, promissory notes, endorsements, cheques and orders for money or goods purporting to be signed by, or on behalf of, the company

  • Do I need to register for VAT?

    You will not need to register for VAT as it was not implemented yet in Qatar

  • Do I need to pay taxes in Qatar?

    Currently the corporate tax is 10% taxable on the net profits of the company payable at the end of the end of the financial year.

  • Where must my company name be displayed?

    Every company must paint or fix its name on the outside of every office or place in which its business is carried on. The name must be kept painted or fixed and it must be both conspicuous and legible in English and Arabic.

  • What is my accounting reference date?

    The accounting reference date is the date in each year to which accounts will be drawn up. The date depends on the date of incorporation as it is the last day of the month in which the anniversary of incorporation falls. For example, if your company is incorporated on 2 July this year, the accounting reference date will be 31 July, and its first financial year must end on 31 December next year.

  • What if I no longer need my company?

    Private companies that have not traded or otherwise carried on business may apply to the Ministry Registrar to be dissolved and require tax and labor department Clearance.

  • What is a registered office?

    This is an address where documents can be delivered to the company and for this purpose a physical office space needs to be leased.

  • What is an Annual Return?

    A company's accounts and annual return must be filed annually with the Ministry of Finance. Non-compliance will render the company liable to heavy penalties with liabilities subsequent to the dissolution being the responsibility of the company directors.

  • What is a Resident Permit?

    A Resident Permit is a term for a legal authorization that allows you to work and stay in the country. This is also known as work permit/visa. A Resident Permit is valid for 1 year and is renewable every year.

  • How long will it take to have the residence permit stamped in the passport?

    Normally, residence permits can be completed in approximately 6 weeks after arrival however RCH can process for an extra fee a residence permit in a 6 days urgent procedure for those executives that cannot afford to wait for 6 weeks while their residence permit is to be issued.

  • When can I obtain a Resident Permit in Qatar?

    Residence or Work Permit can be obtained if you are employed by a company in Qatar or you have acquired a property in a special freehold area that entitles you to Qatari residency for the duration of the ownership.

  • Why is Qatar so attractive for investors at the present time?

    Qatar Government‘s economic development strategy has been successful through the investment incentives, infrastructure, banking services, insurances and political and social stability to create an excellent business climate for a start up business. Qatar is the wealthiest country in the world in per capita terms with substantial oil and gas reserves, an excellent infrastructure system and free market economic policies. As a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international financial bodies, Qatar offers investors a mature, sophisticated banking environment. Qatar's economy has been growing by around 10% per year in recent years. This is why Qatar offers the business sector all the advantages of a highly developed economy. The infrastructure and services match the highest international standards, facilitating efficiency, quality and service.

  • What is an Exit Permit?

    An exit permit is a document (printed or digital) required when you exit the country if you have entered Qatar on a work visa. An exit permit can be approved by your employer as a multiple, renewable, yearly exit permit or as a single exit permit.

    All residents, except for women and children who are sponsored by their father or husband, will require an exit permit before leaving the country. To get an exit permit you will require permission from the authorized person in the company that you are working for.

    Your exit permit can also be completed on-line by your employer or by the authorized agent of the employer. Alternatively, the application can be typed as an online application and printed afterwards. The authorized agent for your company will take your application to the immigration at Al Gharaffa Immigration Department (Sunday to Thursday) and get the exit permit approved and recorded in the system.

  • Which are the main benefits of working and doing business in Qatar?

    Among the benefits are:

    • No income tax or social security deductions payable on wages and salaries
    • No taxation is payable on exports and customs duties start at just 5%
    • Developing transportation infrastructure
    • State-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure
    • Top international exhibitions and conference venues
    • High quality offices and residential accommodations
    • Inexpensive workforce and Easy Recruitment Procedures
    • Luxury hotels, hospitals, schools and great shopping malls
  • What is the taxation policy in Qatar in regards to employees?

    Qatar does not impose an income tax on wages or salaries. Individuals carrying on a trade in the country are taxed on any profits arising from their business in Qatar, in which case the 10% corporate income tax rules apply.

For Individuals


  • Which are the documents I should bring with me when relocating to Qatar?

    We recommend that you bring with you:

    • Passport
    • Driving license, national and international, if any
    • Examination certificates
    • Certificates of membership of professional organisations
    • Letters of recommendation from previous employers
    • Marriage certificates
    • It is also recommended to have a large number of passport size photos as everything from CV’s to club membership and residence permits requires photos
    • Criminal record statement from your country of citizenship
  • Do I need to legalise documents before I move to Qatar?

    Public documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, criminal record certificates and notary’s attestations of signatures, frequently need to be used during your stay in Qatar. However, before a public document can be used in Qatar, its origin must often be authenticated.

    The traditional method for authenticating public documents to be used in Qatar is called legalisation and consists of a chain of individual authentications of the document. This process involves authentication at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country where the document was issued as well as the Qatari Embassy or Consulate of that specific country. Once you arrive in Qatar you will be required to authenticate it at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar.

  • What is the requirement in order to receive health care?

    In order to receive medical treatment from clinics and hospitals, it is necessary for foreign residents to obtain a Health Card on the basis of residence permit. Health Cards must be shown on all clinic and hospital visits.

  • How can I apply for my Qatari ID card?

    Application for ID cards is made after arrival in Qatar through the Immigration Departments once the residence permit is issued. Your employer of his authorised agent will take all necessary formalities to have your ID card issued. It is essential for permanent residents in Qatar to obtain an identity card or RP card when dealing with Government Ministries, Banks or any local Authority.

  • I m a 63 year old. Can I still apply for a residence permit in Qatar?

    An employment entry visa will only be issued to employees who are between the ages of 18-60. Above the age of 60, a special approval from the department of immigration is required. Tourist visa and family visit visa may be rejected by immigration office if applicant is above the age of 60.‎

  • Do I need a special permit to work legally in Qatar?

    According to national law, all foreign nationals require a work permit in order to work legally in the State of Qatar.

  • What is an “NOC”?

    “NOC” stands for “No Objection Certificate” or sometimes it’s called “No Objection Letter”. In order for you to change employers, you will need a “NOC” from your current employer stating that they do not object you transferring to a new employer.

  • Can I bring my family to visit me in Qatar?

    People working in Qatar can sponsor family and relatives for a period of up to six months. (The initial stay is for one month, and this can be renewed up to a total of six months.) Wives and children can come for up to a year.

    To apply for the visa the applicant will need a copy of their id or passport and a copy of the visitor’s passport, a letter from the applicant’s own sponsor (i.e. their employer) and proof of their relationship such as birth and marriage certificates. You also need two photographs of the visitor. The visit visa lasts for one month but can renew for up to five months for immediate family and for up to two months for other family residents.

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