Qatar mulls salary increase for family visas

50% rise in minimum monthly salary to sponsor family in Gulf state being considered.
Qatar mulls salary increase for family visas
By Claire Ferris-Lay
Wed 07 Jan 2009 09:59 AM

Authorities in Qatar are looking to the increase the minimum monthly salary to be allowed to sponsor wives and children by almost 50 percent.

The increased cost of living in the Gulf state is being blamed for the move which could see the minimum salary increased from QR4,500 ($1,235) a month to QR7,000, reported The Peninsula on Wednesday citing a report from Arabic paper Al Sharq.

“Once the decision to raise the salary limit is taken, we are going to straightaway reject the request of an applicant for family visa if his basic salary is less than QR7,000,” a source in the recruitment committee told the newspaper.

In November the Qatar Central Bank said soaring rents due to a severe housing shortage was the single largest driver of higher inflation in the Gulf state last year.

The banking regulator said inflation reached 14 percent at the end of 2007.

Fool proof measures are reportedly going to be taken to ensure that any applicants requesting permanent family visas do not produce doctored salary certificates, said the newspaper.

“We will be taking all possible steps to guarantee that no family visa applicant gets away with falsifying facts and figures. We are going to be very strict about implementing the rule once it is in force,” the source stressed.

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