The Qatari cabinet approved a draft law on the permanent residency identification card.

According to the provisions of the bill, the minister of interior 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 of interior 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 behind Qataris in holding public military and civil jobs.

In addition, holders of that ID have the right to property ownership and practicing 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 Ministry of Interior 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.

The cabinet took the necessary measures to issue a draft law amending some provisions of Decree Law No. 14 of 1993 on passports, after the cabinet reviewed the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the draft law.

The amendment stipulates that Article 12 of Decree Law No. 14 of 1993 shall be replaced by the following text: “A decision by the minister of interior shall specify the applicable fees to obtain normal passports, travel documents and transit tickets as well as their renewal and amendment. And a decision by the foreign minister shall specify the applicable fees to obtain diplomatic, special and mission passports as well as their renewal and amendment.”

Additionally, the cabinet agreed to hold the third round of the Qatari-Bulgarian joint committee on economic cooperation in Sofia on December 4 and 5, 2017.

The cabinet also reviewed a letter by the National Committee for Prohibition of Weapons on the 37th report of the committee’s work from Dec. 21, 2016 to April 30, 2017, and took the appropriate decision.

Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani reviewed topics on the agenda.

Source: National News Agency

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