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How to Immigrate to Qatar as a Web Developer

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Are you a web developer that wants to expend his horizon by seeking for an evergreen destination to immigrate to? If yes, then you are at the right place. Qatar is recently ranked as one of the leading destinations in the world to immigrate to as well as one of the safest places in the world too. Its beautiful scenery, amazing and rich culture, high quality standards of living, perfect work-life balance, fat salaries, just to name a few, makes Qatar an ideal destination for any profession most especially engineering and tech industry.

With the rise of its job postings, web development is a highly sought-after profession in Qatar and there are numerous tech companies as well as non-tech companies willing to pay you enormously just so you work with them. What more could you possibly wish for? Fat paycheck? You’re already guaranteed that. Be a part of 2022 world cup by its host, Qatar? It will be an awesome experience watching the world cup live there in Qatar. Support for spouse or partner’s visa? It is covered too, and he or she is entitled to employment as long as your visa remains valid, benefit from free healthcare as well as free education for the children. Just name your desires, Qatar got you covered!

Web Developers in Qatar

Qatar is a great place to work as web developer, as many expats have attested that there is no better place to work and raise a family in a large part thanks to the many benefits offered to foreign workers in the country, like universal healthcare, free schooling, and the comfort of knowing you’re not expected to pay any taxes.

Is it Hard to Find a Job in Qatar?

Many in the industry completely agrees that as long as you look in the right places, you should be successful with your job search. There are many job search engines out there that you can use to search for web developer jobs, including Indeed, Glassdoor, Mostergullf, and LinkedIn. You can as well click the “Apply Now” link at the end of this article for job recommendations.

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If by any chance you are already in Qatar, the ideal place to job hunt is in Doha. It is the largest city in Qatar and occupied by 90% of Qatar’s overall populations. In fact, 99% job postings for Qatar can be traced to Doha.

How Much Do Web Developers Make In Qatar?

Web development is not among the fattest paying jobs in Qatar, but the salary including the benefits is an amazing offer to go with.  The average salary of web developers in Qatar according to PayScale is QAR 94,333 (US$25,908) while top-level web developers earn up to QAR 120,000 (US$32,856).

If you are a new college graduate or an entry-level web developer, your salary will be lower than the average salary but it advisable you enroll in web development courses to increase your knowledge which will in turn help increase your salary.

Duties and Responsibilities of Web Developers in Qatar

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for designing, coding and modifying websites, applications from layout to function and according to a client’s specifications.
  • Write well designed, testable, efficient code by using best software development practices.
  • Integrate data from various back-end services and databases
  • Gather and refine specifications and requirements based on technical needs.
  • Create and maintain software documentation
  • Strive to create visually appealing sites that feature user-friendly design and clear navigation.

Duties:

  • Regular exposure to business stakeholders and executive management, as well as the authority and scope to apply your expertise to many interesting technical problems.

Requirements:

  • Candidate must have a strong understanding of UI, cross-browser compatibility, general web functions and standards.
  • The position requires constant communication with colleagues.
  • Experience in planning and delivering software platforms used across multiple products and organizational units.
  • Deep expertise and hands on experience with Web Applications and programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP frameworks(laravel/codeignitor), JQuery and API’s.
  • Deep functional knowledge or hands on design experience with Web Services (REST, SOAP, etc ..) is needed to be successful in this position.
  • Strong grasp of security principles and how they apply to E-Commerce applications.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • JavaScript, JQuery, HTML, HTML5, CSS, CSS3, Web Programming Skills, E-Commerce, Teamwork, Verbal Communication, cross-browser compatibility, Web User Interface Design (UI), Security Principles, Object-Oriented Design, Web Services (REST/SOAP), Multimedia Content Development, API’s.
  • Hands-on experience with network diagnostics, network analytics tools
  • Basic knowledge of Search Engine Optimization process

How to Immigrate to Qatar as a Web Developer

Entry Visa

The Entry Visa is the most common Visa required for entering Qatar. If you are a job seeker, you can use the entry visa to enter Qatar and then look for jobs there.  Although the duration is mostly within 30 days, it may not be the ideal choice for job seekers.

Citizens of Australia, Canada, the US, or the UK, do not require a visa to enter Qatar. You can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival, which for most travelers is at Doha’s Hamad International Airport (DOH), and it will be valid for 180 days from the date it was issued. The visa will entitle you to spend 30 days in Qatar, during either a single visit or multiple visits, and may be extended for an additional 30 days. Keep in mid; your passport must be valid for six months starting from the day you enter Qatar.

A 30-day visa costs $68-, and 96-hours visa costs $44. The processing of the visa usually takes from four to 15 working days.

Citizens of other European countries, Arab Gulf states, and some other selected countries can be eligible to enter Qatar freely, without an entry Visa.  However, it is very difficult to obtain a permanent residence or citizenship in Qatar. For example, you will need to have lived for 20 consecutive years in Qatar if you were not born there, or 10 years if you were born there before you will eligible for permanent residency.  Thus, you will need a long-stay visa like Work Permit that can prolong your stay in Qatar.

Work Permit

A work permit is an alternative means to enter Qatar. It is the most preferred means by expats due to its lengthier duration compared to an entry visa.

In a work permit, your employer plays a vital role as your sponsor.  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.

Furthermore, after the work permit, 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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