To reside in Qatar, expatriates are required to possess a valid Qatar ID card that must specify their current profession. Nonetheless, an inaccurate profession mentioned on the Qatar ID card can cause a multitude of problems, such as hindering access to specific privileges and services at banks and official institutions, obtaining a driver’s license, visa on arrival for family and friends, and obtaining a family visa, which is essential for reuniting with family members in Qatar.
You are permitted by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs to seek a change in your profession title mentioned on your Qatar ID by utilizing the services of a representative, a concerned person, or authorized signatories.
Documents required for profession change
To change your profession, the following documents are necessary:
From the Employer:
- No Objection Certificate (NOC) permitting the profession change.
- A copy of the Qatar ID belonging to the authorized signatory.
- Copies of company documents such as Company Registration (CR), municipality certificate/license, and computer card.
- A copy of the office electricity bill.
- Three copies of the new labour contract, indicating the revised profession, signed by both parties, and the authorized person.
From the Employee, the following documents are required:
- A copy of the Qatar ID and Passport.
- Copies of academic qualifications, attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with their certified Arabic translation.
- Previous labour contract.
- Six-month salary statement, along with a detailed salary bank statement.
- A duly filled Application form.
Procedure to apply for profession change
To apply for a profession change online, follow these instructions:
- Visit the MADLSA website.
- Select “E-Services and E-Forms” from the “Services” menu, and choose the “Recruitment” Department.
- Select “Profession Amendment Request” and click on “Apply” on the service page.
- Enter the necessary details such as Establishment Number, QID, and mobile number, which should be registered with the same QID.
- Tick the reCaptcha checkbox, and then click on “Submit”. The information entered on this page will be verified.
After your data is verified, you will receive a text message containing a verification code on the mobile number you provided. Enter the verification code into the appropriate field.
Fill in the necessary information in the application form.
- Attach the copies of the documents mentioned in the ‘Documents required for profession change’ section.
- Tick the checkbox to indicate that you certify that all the information provided is accurate, and you accept responsibility for any discrepancies found.
- Submit your request.
To request a profession change offline, follow these instructions:
- Download the application form.
- Fill out the form with the necessary information.
- Attach the documents listed in the ‘Documents required for profession change’ section.
- Submit the form and supporting documents.
What happens when all the information for profession change is submitted
Once you have submitted the application form and supporting documents, you will receive a text message on the mobile number provided with the request number and the requested data. You will also receive a similar message for your records.
After the application and supporting documents have been successfully submitted, they will be reviewed by the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) in accordance with their established procedures. Any required actions will be taken based on the data provided and documents attached.
You will be informed of the status of your request via a text message. If the application is approved, you will receive a notification. Similarly, if the application is rejected or requires further action, you will be notified via a text message.
If your application is approved, your current employer will be notified of the profession change. After that, you must complete the process by following up with the Ministry of Interior, specifically the General Directorate of Nationality, Ports and Expatriate Affairs, to have a new QID printed out reflecting the profession change.
In case further action is required on your request, you will receive a text message asking you to modify the request or submit documents that were not attached to the application.
How to check status of profession change application
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here are the points for checking the status of your profession change application:
- Log in to the MADLSA website.
- Navigate to the “Recruitment” department under the “E-Services and E-Forms” section.
- Click on “Profession Amendment Request”.
- Select “Track Request Status”.
- Enter your QID number and the request number that was sent to you via SMS.
- Click on “Submit”.
- The status of your application will be displayed on the screen.
There are no fees to apply for this service.
All users of the profession change service must meet the following conditions and requirements:
- The employer must not have any restrictions that hinder the profession modification process.
- The person in charge of the company is fully responsible for the accuracy of the data entered through the mandatory confirmation in the digital service.
- The service is available for both private sector and joint-stock companies.
- The attachments required for the modification request must correspond to the employee’s QID number.
- The application and attachments must be submitted to MADLSA for review, conformity, and approval.
- The service user must be an authorized signatory at the establishment (establishment official/representative/authorized signatory).
- The submission and approval of applications are subject to all conditions announced by MADLSA.
FAQs for profession change in Qatar ID
Who is eligible to apply for profession change in Qatar ID?
- Any employee who holds a valid Qatar ID and has met the necessary requirements can apply for profession change.
What documents are required for profession change in Qatar ID?
- The required documents include a No Objection Certificate from the employer, copies of company documents, previous labor contract, academic qualifications, QID, passport, salary statements, and a duly filled application form.
How can I apply for profession change in Qatar ID?
- You can apply for profession change in Qatar ID online or offline. The online process involves filling out an application form and attaching the necessary documents, while the offline process requires you to download and fill out an application form and submit it along with the required documents.
How long does it take to process a profession change application in Qatar ID?
- The processing time for a profession change application in Qatar ID varies and depends on several factors, including the completeness of the application and the accuracy of the documents submitted.
What happens after my profession change application is approved?
- Once your profession change application is approved, you will receive a notification via text message, and your employer will also be notified. You will then need to complete the necessary procedures at the Ministry of Interior to have the new Qatar ID printed out.
Can I track the status of my profession change application in Qatar ID?
- Yes, you can track the status of your profession change application in Qatar ID online by logging in to the MADLSA website and checking your application status.
What are the conditions and controls to be met for users of the profession change service in Qatar ID?
- The conditions and controls to be met include the absence of any employer restrictions, the responsibility of the company’s authorized signatory for the validity of recorded data, attachment of the necessary documents, and compliance with MADLSA’s rules and regulations.