Qatar will soon be the first Arab Gulf nation to allow some of its long-time foreign residents to become permanent residents, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday.
Issuing a new law, Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani directed the government on Tuesday to grant permanent residency to 100 expatriates every year. The law also allows most migrant workers to leave the country without an exit visa.
The new permanent residency law gives priority to children born to a Qatari mother, as well as foreign nationals who have lived in the country for more than 20 years and are considered “valuable” for their skills.
Under the new law, permanent residents are entitled to the same social security as Qatar’s citizens, including free health care and education in government schools. They will also be given priority in government jobs.