Indian Community in Qatar
The Indian expatriate community in Qatar forms the largest expatriate community in the country. Approximately 70% of the work force comprises of skilled and unskilled workers, and the remaining are professionals. The skilled and unskilled workers are employed in construction work, industrial establishments, commercial undertakings and the domestic sector. White collar workers are employed in clerical services, commercial establishments, police, nursing etc. Professionals include doctors, specialists and consultants working in Government and other Health Centers, Chartered Accountants, Architects, Engineers, Executives in business concerns, Computer specialists etc. Consular Section in this Mission caters to the needs of this sizeable Indian Community by undertaking the Passport and Miscellaneous Services and the foreign nationals by providing Visa Services.
General Information Applicable to All Passport Services
All applicants should submit the application in person for identification:-
The following is some useful information on passport and other consular services available at the Indian Embassy in Doha.
As part of worldwide implementation of the Passport Seva Project, the Global Passport Seva Program has been rolled out in Qatar. Members of the Indian Community in Qatar are advised to use the new portal https://embassy.passportindia.gov.in for availing the Passport Services with effect from April 19, 2019.
Steps to apply for Passport Services online at https://embassy.passportindia.gov.in :-
Step 1: Click on Qatar, Create USER ID by clicking on Register link
Step 2: Login using the USER ID and fill the application form online
Step 3: Submit the form online
Step 4: Take a print out of the application form
Step 5: Affix your recent coloured photograph (white background with size 2” X 2“) at the designated place
Step 6: Submit the print out of the application along with required documents and prescribed fee at the Embassy. Signature to be done in the presence of Submission Officer at the Embassy.
How to Obtain a New Passport?
An application for a new passport can be made within one year from date of expiry of the old passport.
(a). The Photographs must be:
(i). Square shaped of size 50 mm X 50 mm (2” X 2”), with white background
(ii). Close up of head and top of shoulders so that face takes up 70 - 80% of the photograph
(iii). In sharp focus and clear.
The Photograph must:
(b). Show looking directly at the camera.
(i). Show skin tones naturally.
(ii). Have appropriate brightness and contrast at high resolution.
(c). The Photograph must be:
(i). Color neutral.
(ii). Show the eyes open and clearly visible - no hair across the eyes.
(iii). Show facing on the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted & showing both edges of the face clearly.
(iv). Taken with a plain light colored background.
(v). Taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on the face & no red eye.
2. Photographs - Glasses and Head Covers
(a). If Wearing Glasses
(i). The photograph must show the eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses and no tinted lenses (if possible avoid heavy framed glasses to be worn).
(ii). Make sure that frames do not cover any part of the eyes.
(b). Head Coverings
Head Coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
3. Photographs - Expression and Frame
The Photograph must show alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible) looking at the camera with a neutral expression and the mouth closed.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) had set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From the 25th November, 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.
The Government of India has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. The Passports, however, issued before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid 1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with pasted photographs are also considered non-MRPs.
By the end of November 2014, it is estimated that there are approximately 2.86 lakh handwritten passports in circulation. Approximately 6 crore Indians hold valid passports.
Indian citizens residing abroad and holding such passports or those Indian Citizens whose passports’ “Date of Expiry” has been extended through an endorsement in their passports with validity beyond the 24th November, 2015 are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel document.
Many international travelers may not realize that having an unexpired passport is sometimes not enough to obtain Visas or to enter certain foreign countries. Indian citizens travelling on Passports which may expire in less than six months should renew their passports before any upcoming international travel. It is especially important to check the passports needs of any minor who may be accompanying their parents as passports for minors have a shorter validity period (5 years) than passports for adults (10 years). The universal practice in vogue now is; “Once your passport crosses the nine-year mark, it is time to get a new passport”.
Some countries do not accept passports which may have fewer than two pages remaining. Please check your passport to ensure that you have enough pages for visa. There is no provision of additional booklets/pages and you will be required to apply reissuance of passport following standard procedures. Frequent travelers may opt for Jumbo Passport containing 64 pages during fresh application/re-issue of passport.
All Passport Issuing Authorities have instituted a simple and fast-track procedure for renewal of passports. For more details related to passport services, visit the website – http://passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/welcomeLink - or the National Call Centre (1800-258-1800 - Toll Free) may be accessed. Indian citizens living abroad should visit the website of respective Indian Mission/Post for any further clarifications.
With effect from Tuesday, 16th September 2014, the following regulation would be implemented by the Consular Section, Embassy of India, Doha, with respect to issue of Short Validity passports:
As per Government of India rules and regulations following categories of persons are entitled to get the ECNR passports:
(a). Gazetted Government Servants, Income-tax payees.
(b). Persons holding professional degrees.
(c). Persons staying abroad for more than 3 years.
(d). Spouses of the above mentioned categories.
(e). Persons holding matriculation certificate or higher degrees.
(f). Seamen in possession of Continuous Discharge Certificate and Deck Cadets if they have passed final examination of three year B.Sc. Nautical Sciences Courses at T.S. Chanakya, Mumbai, or if they have undergone three months Pre-Sea training at any of the Government approved Training Institutes after production of Identity Cards issued by the Shipping Master, Mumbai / Calcutta / Chennai.
(g). Persons holding two year diplomas from recognized institutions like Polytechnics or certificates of vocational training from Government recognized institutions, Nurses possessing qualifications recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947 but vide circular F.No. OI-11012/10/2013-EP Dated: 12/03/2015, PGE has notified that emigration of nurses for overseas employment in 17 ECR Countries will require emigration clearance from POE offices with effect from 30/04/2015, despite their graduate level educational qualification, in view of the war-like condition in a few Gulf countries.
(h). Dependent children of parents eligible for ECNR and
(i). All persons above the age of 60 years.
All these categories of people can get the ECNR passports at the Embassy of India in Doha during office hours. All children who apply for separate passports will be granted endorsement of "Emigration Clearance Not Required (ECNR)" provided their parents have the same endorsement on their own passports.
List of 17 countries under the purview of the Emigration Act for the purpose of emigration clearance for employment:
Iraq – currently banned for emigration
Note: All such ECR Passport holders should essentially obtain Emigration Clearance from the Protector of Emigrants (POE) for employment purpose before their travel out of India.
How to Apply for a Duplicate?
If you already have a passport and want to change the address recorded in it, apply for the same in EAP -I form with the proof of new address. A new passport will be issued. If the passport is issued for the first time from Doha, then the applicant is eligible to change the Date of Birth after furnishing such documents like Birth Certificate within a maximum period of 5 years from the Date of Issue.
It is important to furnish full, accurate and truthful information in the form. Application forms should be filled in fully, legibly (in capital letters) and accurately and submitted with the passport. Misrepresentation of the facts may result in denial of passport/consular service. Applications received with incomplete details will remain unprocessed. It is an offence under the Passports Act 1967 to give false information in the Application. Passport facilities can be denied on grounds of suppression of factual information, submission of false particulars, willful damage of passport and for making unauthorized changes in the passports. Your passport can be impounded or revoked by the Government of India under the provisions of the Passports Act 1967, in which event you will have to surrender the passport to the nearest Indian Passport authority.
An Emergency Certificate (one-way travel document) which authorizes an Indian to enter India, is issued to the citizen of India whose passports have been lost, stolen or damaged and to whom new passports cannot be issued without approval from India. This is primarily with the objective of ensuring their return to India.
According to Section 14, Chapter 4 of Passport Manual, 2016, Passports for Female Domestic Helps who are working in Middle East Countries that are covered under Emigration Act, 1983, will be renewed for one or two years only, after consular officers have satisfied themselves regarding the welfare of female domestic helps. HOM/HOP will issue necessary guidelines for the same in this regard.
Since the Embassy receives a number of requests from Indian Nationals working as housemaids, for renewal of their passports so as to facilitate the renewal of their Qatari IDs/residence permits. The following guidelines will be followed w.e.f. 11/12/2017:-
Fees are for processing the application. Once received, they cannot be refunded, even if the application is withdrawn or service cannot be rendered.