When we are already inside the immigration office to try our luck if we can extend the visa of my father-in-law without having to do with finger printing, the response I got from the officer was… It is NOT needed when extending a family visit visa. And before I can say something he then asked me if we are applying for extension and without any hesitation I immediately said yes. Who knows he might change his mind for I know they are almost near closing for the morning shift.
When he asked about the passport, it was a lightning quick that I hand it over to him. I was surprised with the turn of events while at the same time, glad of the kindness of the immigration officer. What surprised me more is when he asked me of how many more months we intend to extend my father-in-law’s visit with us? I know for the fact that a friend of mind was only given 2 more months when he applied for his brother and for his in-laws also, he even have to ask his wife to do the transactions before they were approved with the maximum allowable extension.
Anyway, I replied and never hesitated telling him that we want to extend it with the maximum allowable 5 months. He then went back to his computer with no objection, do some tinkering in his keyboard and before I can blink my eyes… the printer goes off printing a little piece of paper. It took a few seconds and when it came out from the machine, he peel off the back portion of the sticker and placed it above the visa in the passport, on the upper page. We then sneak out fast and away from the immigration office before he could change his mind and who knows he might take it back. I believe it just took less than 10 minutes from the time we entered the door of the immigration office and was already outside of the premises.
So here’s how we did the process on how to extend the family visit visa in Qatar of my father-in-law. Continue reading
It is so funny when people would try to help you and guide you on what to do but then what they gave you is wrong information. Perhaps unintentionally but I think it would be better to just zip it if you are not sure.
Earlier today, we went to the Medical Commission to process the extension of my father-in-law’s visit visa and a medical approval that he is fit is needed before the immigration can approve his extension. And so we went… We arrived there with about 5 or 6 people ahead of us in the queue. And when it is our turn, I gave the medical receipt to the man sitting at window 64 and he was making a funny face to my son while I am carrying him from my left arm. After a few minutes, he said that it is now okay (although I already knew but I thought we are going to fill-out some form) then was told that we can go now for finger printing.
I am confused why he still needs to have his finger prints taken when in fact he is only here for a visit visa and he can only stay for a maximum of 6 months. So I went to the counter just near the entrance, while I am patiently waiting for my turn then a man talked to me and told me what to do next. As I don’t want to leave the area without proper knowledge of what to do next, I repeated to him what should I do then, which he agreed.
But because there’s something at my hindsight that’s really not making me at ease, I phoned a friend who was awaken by my call. It rings a thousand times before he picked up his cell phone and answered with a bedroom voice. And to make it short, he said that finger printing is not needed or necessary, all I have to do is go straight to the immigration and apply for the extension of the visa. I looked at the time and it is already 30 minutes past 11 in the morning and I am afraid that we might not be able to get there on time before they close.
And so we are on the road again… Arrived in the immigration office and was surprise to see the room empty with only five immigration personnel left inside. I approached the one sitting on the far left end in the room and asked him if finger printing is needed for extending the visit visa of my father-in-law but the other person replied to me and he said…
Come back tomorrow so you’ll know what transpire in our conversation and if it was processed or not.
NB: Image from kaveesh manchanda.