Heading to a new country after residing in Qatar? If so, you might require a Qatar Police Clearance Certificate (PCC). This document, issued by the police, attests to your good behavior and absence of any wrongdoing. Many countries, particularly in the Middle East, mandate expatriates to obtain a police clearance certificate before granting residency. Think of it as a permission slip for your new home!
What is a police Clearance Certificate? (expand)
The Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) functions as a permission slip confirming your exemplary behavior while residing in the country. It’s applicable to everyone – whether you’re a local concluding your affairs, a citizen departing, or a foreigner going about your business in Qatar. Essentially, it’s a thumbs-up indicating you have a clean record within Qatar’s borders. Intrigued to learn more about this certificate of good conduct? Let’s delve into the details!
Why PCC is necessary in Qatar?:
The government of Qatar asks both foreign and local citizens to submit a Qatar Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) when applying for residency, moving to another country, registering a marriage, applying for a job, starting a business, and other similar situations.
Adults (18 years and older) who have resided in Qatar for 6 months or longer and have their fingerprints recorded in the Ministry of Interior (MOI) system by the Criminal Evidence and Information Department (CEID) can acquire the Qatar Police Clearance Certificate (PCC).
What are the documents required for a Police Clearance Certificate from Qatar?
To obtain a Qatar PCC, may depend on the reason to apply for. Most commonly it requires
Can a friend or family member apply for my police clearance certificate in Qatar?
An immediate family member (brother, sister, mother, father) can apply for your Police Clearance Certificate on your behalf.
My husband and I tried to get it just recently through my sister who is still staying in Qatar. She was able to process mine because she is my immediate family. However, they did not allow for my husband as she is not an immediate family.
Qatar PCC for expats living in Qatar for over 6 months
For expat residents who have been residing in Qatar for over 6 months, the requirements to obtain the PCC are as follows:
- a filled and completed application form
- a valid copy of your passport (current passport and old passport that was used while in Qatar)
- a valid copy of your residence permit
- copy of the fingerprinted document certified or attested by the Qatar Embassy in your country
- addresses of all the places you’ve resided in Qatar and the period of your stay
- copy of the Qatar ID
- a formal letter addressed to the Director / General of evidence and criminal information that shows the certificate’s purpose
- 2 passport-size photographs (4×6 cm)
- if applicable, a letter from the company
- home country PCC attested by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Qatar (MOFA)
Expats who have left Qatar can obtain the PCC by:
- visiting Qatar with the necessary documents and applying personally
- sending a representative with a power of attorney stating that the person can apply on your behalf and the necessary documents
- visiting your nearest Qatar Embassy and the necessary documents
- applying through mail or post to the CEID in Qatar and the necessary documents
FAQ’s – Qatar Police Clearance Certificate
It will take around 2 to 6 months to get a police clearance certificate in Qatar. Depends on the country
e.g. Philippines (2-6 months)
Documents required: Passport and QID.
If an immediate family member lives in Qatar he can apply for your certificate on your behalf. However, a friend can’t apply.
Without an immediate family member, you can’t get a certificate however, you can apply for it through the embassy.