In the coming weeks, hundreds of young expats will graduate from Qatar’s universities. Many will grapple with visa and employment questions.
Oma Seddiq at the Daily Q, Northwestern University in Qatar’s student publication, has put together some advice to help these seniors with their transition out of school.
It is aimed specifically at those departing Qatar Foundation colleges, but we’ve added in some information for Qatar University students, too.
If you’re graduating in Qatar soon, here’s what you need to know:
1) If you’re on a student visa, your residency permit will expire soon.
Once you graduate, new alumni of Qatar Foundation usually have about three months to cancel their RPs or transfer their sponsorship to an employer or other entity.
Notably, for QU students, international students only have five days to cancel their RPs after graduation, according to the university’s website.
However, graduating students should contact the school immediately after completing final exams to convey whether they want to cancel or transfer their RPs.
2) If you cancel your RP, you must leave Qatar within seven days.
Canceling will require submitting your Qatar ID and passport to your coordinator.
Remember that if you own a vehicle, you must transfer that ownership registration to another resident and pay all traffic fines before canceling.
Here’s a checklist of some other requirements expats must meet before canceling their RPs, including closing out bank accounts, credit cards and loans.
3) Transferring your sponsorship will require an NOC from QF.
You won’t be able to get this until you present copies of your QID, passport, employment contract and employer’s valid computer card.
You will also need to clear all outstanding dues with QF’s finance department. Once you get the NOC, your employer will complete the process.
4) EC Graduates need to clear out of their dorms by May 11.
Departing seniors can stay in HBKU housing for an extra week after graduation, but need to have emailed Housing and Residence Life already to get that extension.
It will cost additional fees to stay longer, including in the summer.
What advice would you add? Thoughts?