GCC immigration directors meeting to discuss on easing visas

September 3, 2013 1:59 pm

GCC immigration directors meeting to discuss on easing visas

Doha 03rd September 2013: Qatar is planning to cancel the residence permit (RP) stickers in the passports and using Smart ID cards with all important information for personal identification instead for the expatriates living in the country, reports says.

The discussion about this was held at the 28th meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) immigration directors, which started in Doha on Sunday.

According to reports, the three day meeting will discuss about establishing an electronic link between the GCC countries for easing the process for visas and residence permits. There have been calls for unified GCC similar to Europe’s Schengen system that allows business people and tourists to visit multiple member countries with a single visa.

It also discussed the issues of training staff in cooperation with Nayef Arab University for Security Sciences as well as coordination between the GCC states on passports, reports says. It will look into the joint security work to increase cooperation and coordination among GCC countries in the field of immigration by increasing the efficiency of workers through training and development

The meeting was chaired by Bahrain’s Borders and Search and Follow-Up assistant undersecretary Brigadier Yousuf bin Ahmed al-Ghatm.  The Qatari delegation is headed by the General Directorate of Border Passports and Expatriate Affairs (GDBPEA) director general Brigadier Abdullah Salim al-Ali.

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Mr. Tamim Maha Ali is the Chief Editor of Qatar Chronicle. After completing his post-graduation from the International College Dublin Business School, he worked in various consulting capacities for equity and business firms in Lusail. A shrewd strategist, he is an Economic Pundit, entrepreneur and Investment Banker.

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