The Cabinet has approved a draft law on a permanent residency identification card for non-Qataris.
According to the provisions of the bill, the Interior Minister may grant a permanent residency ID to a non-Qatari if they meet the conditions specified in the law.
Also, a decision by the minister may grant this ID to the children of a Qatari woman married to a non-Qatari as well as those who offered valuable services to the country and people with special capacities that the country needs.
The permanent residency ID carries some privileges for its holder as they receive the same treatment as Qataris in education and healthcare at government institutions, and are given priority after Qataris in holding public military and civil jobs.
In addition, holders of the ID have the right to property ownership and practising some commercial businesses without the need to have a Qatari partner, in line with the executive decisions that shall be issued by the Cabinet according to the provisions of the law.
A permanent committee shall be established at the Interior Ministry under the name of the Permanent Residency ID Granting Committee in order to review requests of granting permanent residency ID in line with the provisions of the law.