DOHA: The Ministry of Interior will soon scrap the residence permit (RP) stickers on passports of expatriate workers placed during issuance and renewal of the RPs, a senior official said yesterday.
Abolition of the RP stickers could encourage more people to use the ministry’s Metrash 2 services, which allow companies/sponsors to renew the residence permits of their employees online.
Once the RP is issued or renewed, the beneficiaries will be able to collect the ID cards from any of the dedicated counters at the Ministry’s service centres. The ID cards will also be delivered through Q-Post.
“Very soon, we are going to get rid of the traditional system of putting RP stickers on passports of expatriate workers. Residential permits can now be renewed online through Metrash2 and ID cards will be delivered to homes or offices through Q-Post,” said Captain Abdullah Khalifa Al Muhannadi, a senior official at the IT Department of General Directorate of Borders Passports and Expatriate Affairs.
He was speaking at a seminar organised by the Ministry to introduce its various services to company representatives at the Civil Defence headquarters yesterday.
Separate counters have already been set up at all service centres of the Ministry for subscribers of Metrash2 services to collect the ID cards and stamp the stickers, said Al Muhannadi.
Besides companies, individuals can also use Metrash 2 services to renew the RPs of those who are under their personal sponsorship.
Q-Post will deliver the ID cards to the subscribers at a fee. Annual subscription will also be available for companies, said Al Muhannadi.
the peninsulaHe wondered why many companies are not coming forward to use the Metrash 2 services despite its advantages.
“A lot of companies are still hesitating to subscribe to Metrash2 or Hukoomi services. We need to create more awareness to attract more subscribers (companies as well as individuals),” said Al Muhannadi.
Metrash2 will not suspend the services of Metrash 1.
The subscribers will keep getting information through SMS regarding traffic violations, expiry of residency permit, insurance and road permit of vehicles, said Lieutenant Jassem Saleh Al Sulaiti, another official at the IT Department.
Metrash 2 provides more than 60 services of the Ministry online through a smartphone application. The services are related to traffic, visa, residence and exit permit and much more, he explained.
Head of community policing at Capital Security Department Lt. Col. Ghanem Saad Al Khayareen, Head of Mesaimeer Services Centre Maj. Yousuf Abdullah Al Muhaizia, Head of Search and Investigation at Search and Follow-up Department Maj. Abdul Rahman Fakhroo and Capt. Abdullah Khalifa Al Muhannadi from technical office of the GDBPEA also gave presentations on the services of their respective departments.