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How to Immigrate to Qatar as a Software Engineer

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In 2020, Qatar employed 2,128,766.000 according to CeicData Qatar Employment Analysis, including Qatari citizens and foreign workers, and also plans to employ more people in the coming years. For many people who choose to immigrate to Qatar, their decision can be traced to desire to seek better employment opportunities. For software engineers, this is especially true because Qatar offers better employment opportunism as well as awesome perks and benefits to every worker in the nation.

Employment Prospects

Qatar is one of the fastest growing countries in the world but faces shortage of skilled workers in some fields, for example, the tech field. This means that Qatar is currently looking for experienced and skilled workers in the tech industries in the country. In fact, there are over a thousand job openings on tech-related jobs in Qatar which you can be part of.  Moving to Qatar as a software engineer would require a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of experience in your field.

Salaries and Earning Potentials for Software Engineers in Qatar

immigrating to Qatar as a software engineer can bring a tangible amount of money to your wallet. Qatar may not be home to some of the etch giants out there, but the salary for IT guys including software engineers is comfortable.

According to SalaryExplorer, entry-level software engineers earn around QAR 7,340 (US$2,016), while mid-level software engineers earn around QAR 14,400 (US$3,955), and the top-level software engineers make up to QAR 22,200 (US$6,098) monthly.

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Duties and Responsibilities of Software Engineers in Qatar

Before you start sending your CV an applying for jobs, it is best you get an insight of the responsibilities and duties you will be undertaking once you get the job as well as the qualifications needed for the role of software engineering i n Qatar.

Software engineers’ duties and responsibilities may differ depending on the company, but generally, the below duties and responsibilities can be seen to be undertaken by software engineers.

  • Monitoring of ANPR Systems.
  • Installing and configuring client workstations and backend services.
  • Responding to client support requests.
  • Address customer concerns and issues regarding software operation.
  • Meeting with clients to diagnose software, networking, or hardware issues.
  • Providing technical support on-site.
  • Offering solutions that meet the needs of the client.
  • Diagnosing and if possible repairing hardware malfunctions, software issues, and networking problems.
  • Assist software developers to resolve technical issues during the software development process.
  • Teach customers how to install and use application.
  • Creating technical document & user manuals.
  • Maintaining good client relations.
  • Document complaint reports and troubleshooting steps.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in IT or Computer Science.
  • Worked on ASP.NET MVC / Core using C#.
  • Worked on Angular 2+, JavaScript, jQuery, Bootstrap.
  • Worked on any Database systems like MS SQL/Oracle. Can write queries to fetch different reports.
  • Knowledge of various operating systems, such as Windows & Linux.
  • Knowledge of web services, REST API, Message Queues, and IP-based protocols.
  • Knowledge of Network monitoring software.
  • Knowledge of computer hardware and networking systems.
  • Ability to troubleshoot software issues.
  • Good interpersonal communication skills to deal with clients.

How to Immigrate to Qatar Using Work Permit

When considering how to immigrate to Qatar as a software engineer, the best visa option to go with should be Work Permit. Although there are six types of visas which you can use to enter into Qatar, but the others are regarded as Entry Visa. Theses Entry Visa barely exceeds 30 days maximum, and if you are looking for a job with the visa, you must get the job before the visa expires which can be very stressful and challenging. Nevertheless, there comes an alternative; the Work Permit Visa which c an last as long as the duration of your work with the company hiring you.

In a work permit, your employer plays a vital role and stands as your sponsor for the work permit.  First, he or she will provide you with the work permit, and of which foreign workers at the company must be approved by the Labour Office.

This means that your employer will need to go through the bureaucratic process of gaining permission to hire foreign workers. After that, you/your employer will need to supply the following documents;

  • A copy of your international passport.
  • A completed application form in Arabic.
  • A copy of the Commercial Registration of the business.
  • The immigration card of the business.
  • A copy of a valid employment contract between the sponsoring company and yourself, in Arabic and English.
  • A medical certificate from a government-approved hospital.
  • Four passport-size photos.
  • Your biometric data (fingerprints).

The current fee for this is QAR 200 (US$55). Your work permit starts seven days after you arrive in Qatar, and to bring your spouse or dependents along with you to Qatar, you’ll need a different kind of visa; the family sponsorship visa.

In addition, after the you’ve acquired the work visa, you’ll need to also apply for Residence Permit. Your employer will also play a major role in acquiring this from you, and what you need is similar documentation like the one above required for a work permit.

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