DOHA: The Canadian government is in discussions to open a Visa Application Centre in Doha that will assist people living in Qatar to apply for a visa for Canada, the embassy said yesterday.
Canada officially opened its embassy in Qatar yesterday. The mission was first established in 2012.
The embassy is offering various services to the public, including passport renewal, consular assistance, and assistance provided by the Trade Commissioner Service to help Canadian companies identify business opportunities in Qatar and to help Qataris identify investment opportunities in Canada.
However, visa applications still need to be sent to the Visa Application Centre in Abu Dhabi until the proposed center in Doha is established.
Canadian Ambassador André Dubois and Assistant Minister for International Cooperation Affairs H E Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani jointly cut the ribbon to open the mission on the 30th floor of Torando Tower in West Bay and raised the Canadian flag.
“We’re very proud of the opening,” said ambassador Dubois. “For the embassy, this is the result of all the work to build the relationship between Canada and Qatar. Canada is a partner of choice for Qatar.”
Canada and Qatar have a positive relationship and share mutual interests on regional issues as well as growing business opportunities. About 7,200 Canadians live in Qatar and work in various sectors of the Qatari economy.
Two large Canadian education institutions operate in Doha: the College of North Atlantic - Qatar and the University of Calgary - Qatar Nursing School.
The government of Canada has 172 offices in 105 countries around the world. Its missions help to manage Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations, to encourage international trade and to deliver Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance.
More information on the embassy and its services can be had from its website www.canadainternational.gc.ca/qatar/ , or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.