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Doha: The Advisory Council's Internal and Foreign Affairs Committee met on Sunday during the council's 46th regular session, under the chairmanship of its Rapporteur Abdullah bin Fahad bin Ghorab Al Marri.
The meeting was attended by Director General of General Directorate of Border Passports and Expatriate Affairs (GDBPEA) Brigadier Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Ateeq and Director of Legal Affairs Department at the Ministry of Interior (MOI) Brigadier Salim bin Saqr Al Muraikhi. They explained the MOI's point of view on the draft law on permanent residence card and answered the questions of the committee members.
The committee decided to continue the study of the draft law at its next meeting.
According to the provisions of the law, 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 many 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 was 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.
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