Step by step – How to obtain RP for your newborn (Indian Edition)
* Disclaimer-This post primarily applies to a child who is born in Qatar. All the information is to the best of our knowledge and is based on our experience and those of our friends.
Step 1:- Acquiring the birth certificate
Birth certificates are issued at the Women’s Hospital. The process takes a couple of hours at most. The submission procedure takes only a few minutes. A simple form needs to be filled (can be done in English). Apart from the original, extra copies can be requested for – an additional fee will be charged.
Documents to be submitted-
- Original passports of both parents + copies
- Copies of RP/VISA pages of parents
- Vaccination card** + copy
- Notification of live birth**
- Copy of attested marriage certificate
**obtained from the hospital where the child was born
Fee- 40 QAR (original + 2 copies)
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Step 2:- Obtaining the passport
Collect the required forms from the Indian Embassy. There are three forms to be filled (passport application, application to register birth and birth certificate application). If you don’t want the hassle of filling the form yourself, there are several “freelancers” outside the embassy who’d do it for you. All you need to do is give them the proper details and a nominal “fee” (20 QAR or thereabouts).
You would need three/four specified passport-size photographs of the baby. Also carry copies of the application forms.
- Qatar birth certificate
- Copies of parents’ passports
You receive the passport (of course valid until the child turns five years of age) within a week or two.(Much easier than applying for it back home!) You also receive an Indian birth certificate and an acknowledgement of birth registration
Fees- Total approx. 360 QAR
- Passport- 184 QAR
- Birth certificate- 95 QAR
- Registration- 80 QAR
Step 3:- Stamping the RP/VISA
No forms to be filled here. Just submit the requisite documents and pay the visa fee at one the immigration service centres***
- Child’s passport + copy
- Sponsor’s original ID
- Copy of Qatari birth certificate
- Copies of parent’s IDs and RP pages
- Copy of marriage certificate
Fee- 960 QAR (for three years) to be paid via debit card (cash not accepted).
You can stamp it for a year/ two years. The fee is accordingly lesser. Also, no ID cards are issued for children.
***List of service centres- http://www.moi.gov.qa/site/english/channel/ServiceCentre.html
- Best to visit Woman’s Hospital early in the day. (We submitted documents at 7:30 am, received birth certificate by 8:30 am)
- The crowds at Indian Embassy can be intimidating, but pregnant women and infants are given priority service.
- At the service centres, the women’s section is always less crowded, try to utilise it.
- Try starting the process as soon as possible, leads to less worry!
Helpful links –
Supreme council of health – http://www.sch.gov.qa/births-n-deaths
So, there you go. The RP enigma de-mystified and simplified.
Hope this helps!
Do share your experience/ difficulties encountered (if any) during this process in the comment section below…
Till next time….