The Qatar government opened a one stop Qatar Visa Center in Dhaka on Tuesday with a view to bringing in a comprehensive visa service requiring applicants to enrol biometrics data as well.
Expatriate affairs minister Nurul Islam and Qatar ambassador Ahmed Mohamed Al-Dehaimi inaugurated the QVC located at the 11th floor of Rupayan Trade Center at Bangla Motor in the capital.
Ambassador Al-Dehaimi said the visa centre was opened with a view to boosting the bilateral relation of the two countries with improved facility of quality visa services for the workers intending to be employed in Qatar.
The visa centre would provide all visa related services with cost-free medical examinations facility and other travel assistance for all visitors wishing to travel to the State of Qatar, he said, it would reduce the sufferings of the visitors and ensure transparency in visa procedures in line with the Qatar’s Vision 2030.
Currently, nearly 400,000 Bangladesh national are working in Qatar, he said, adding that the country was also providing liquefied natural gas services to Bangladesh.
The Qatar government wanted to make sure that the workers remain informed about their rights before travelling to the country as well as visa processing time and harassment is reduced, Qatar officials said at the press conference.
Qatar’s director of the visa support services department Major Abdullah Khalifa Al-Mohannadi said the visa centre would be a one stop visa service for the workers from the beginning and after two months the centre would extend services to all visa seekers.
Bangladesh ambassador to Qatar Ashud Ahmed hoped that the exploitation and hassles of the workers would be reduced by making the process of their employment transparent with the help of visa centre services.
Visa seekers may access www.qatarvisacenter.com for information in English, Arabic and Bangla.
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